4 weeks on primal and still have low carb flu?
I've been trying to follow the Primal Blueprint for the last four weeks. I've cut out all grains, legumes and dairy and have been sticking to a diet that's about 60% fat, 30% protein and 10% carbs. I've temporarily given up almost all fruit and starchy vegetables. I haven't done much extra exercise, but my partner and I have kept up with daily 30-40 minute walks with the dogs after work.
I'm 47, 6'2' and was 193# when I started (canonical skinny fat ectomorph) down from a high of 200# at Christmastime. I'm down to 184# today which is great.
My typical food consumption day is:
[B]breakfast[/B]: 3 eggs, spinach, sweet pepper strips omelet in butter + (bacon/sausage - organic/nitrite/nitrate free) + 1/4 avocado + organic salsa
[B]lunch[/B]: 1 - 2 cups spring mix lettuce, 1+ cup chicken breast + fixings (tomatoes, olives, cucumbers, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, avocado) + 3 tbs balsamic vinegar/olive oil
[B]dinner[/B]: meat (pork chops, hamburgers on portabella caps, steak, salmon) + 2-3 cups of vegetables (zucchini, brussel sprouts, kale, collard greens, green beans, summer squash, spaghetti squash, butternut squash, turnips, cabbage) cooked in coconut oil with onions and garlic + dinner salad (same as lunch but smaller).
[B]snacks[/B]: macadamia nuts, almonds, walnuts, coconut milk, berries.
drinks: water, green tea, peppermint tea.
plus 1 multi-vitamin and 3 fish oil capsules per day (CAFO meat for now, sorry).
Joint pain that has plagued me since my 20s is gone, weird gum/tooth pain is gone, acid reflux is gone. Losing the fat off the skinny.
I seem to be stuck in the low carb flu. Occasional headaches, intermittent brain fogginess, fatigue. When I walk "too far", my legs cramp up. It was really bad about 3 days in...but it still lingers quite a bit.
I'm sort of waiting for the "if you make it 30 days, you'll feel great." My partner and my brother both started primal at the same time as I did and haven't had nearly as much of a problem as I have adapting (my partner none at all, my brother for only a few days).
Now, I was eating a ton of carbs before I went cold turkey (80/20 for me is an invitation to 50/50): oatmeal, bananas, juice, fruit at the bottom yogurt, bread, rice/potato/quinoa, entire bars of Lindt dark chocolate). But from what I was able to glean on the forums, the low carb flu doesn't usually last this long.
Is there something I should or shouldn't be eating? I'm not sure what I'd eat more of...I do sometimes skip lunch because I'm never famished eating this way. However, I do probably have cortisol problems so I'm not intentionally doing any IF right yet. Is it unusual for the low carb flu to last this long? Suggestions? Ideas?