I *need* a carb binge every 14 days... or do I?
Since my beginning with Paleo eating (June 2012), I seem to do well for about 14 days with low carb (under 60g) and then I have an intense day of cravings, fatigue, irritability, etc. I find myself eating upwards of 200g of carbs on those days.
Today was a day. Over the span of 8 hours, I have eaten a tub or Steve's Paleo Crunch (80g), maybe 1c raw rolled oats (made my own meusli; 60g), raisins (30g), horrible tasting protein bar (32g), 1 big square of the Congo bars I made the kids (unknown, but it was gluten and sugar which I'm avoiding). 3T coconut oil ghee. Nothing else.
So, conservatively speaking, I inhaled 250g of carbs today which is up to 10 times what I eat in a regular day.
Do I NEED this day? Or do I work hard to make sure I have a 16 oz rib eye handy for these days? Is my body telling me something and/or am I misinterpreting the signals? It happens so regularly I'm confused between habit or physiology. Should I just fight through the urge and maintain *control*?
Any suggestions? I don't feel extra good the following day, so I'm not thinking this is necessarily a cry for carbs.
I guess next time I will eat a huge portion of animal protein and see if that satiates me better than the carbs. I find myself grazing the entire day while I try to fill the void. It feels 'primal', if that makes sense!
I am not heavy. I am not too thin. Perimenopausal. Hormones?
Thanks, in advance.