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    Hi guys,

    I'd really appreciate some advice. I'm on my second attempt of going Primal, and for the second time I've got to about day 5 and am experiencing periods of extreme dizziness. It's very frustrating as everything else is going well and I don't want to give up but it's hard to keep going when I feel like this! I am a 30 year female - average weight and fairly fit. I'm eating enough - meat, fruit, veg, nuts - so I'm just not sure what I'm doing wrong! Also feeling a bit low in mood too! Are these things to be expected? Will they pass?!

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    If you have gone from eating a lot of carbs to eating more fat, then you are probably going into ketosis.


    It's a good thing and the dizziness should pass.


    Stick with it for 2-3 weeks and your energy should shoot up.

    The "Seven Deadly Sins"

    Grains (wheat/rice/oats etc) . . . . . Dairy (milk/yogurt/butter/cheese etc) . . . . . Nightshades (peppers/tomato/eggplant etc)
    Tubers (potato/arrowroot etc) . . . Modernly palatable (cashews/olives etc) . . . Refined foods (salt/sugars etc )
    Legumes (soy/beans/peas etc)

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    Are you sure it's not exercise related? If you're doing anything that involves your neck, a slight swelling can affect your inner-ear and your balance.


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    I get the dizziness too when I go super low carb ie under 20 gms ,and when I walk up stairs I can actually feel the energy drain out of my legs. As soon as I up my carbs again even by 30-50 it goes away.


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    Thanks guys. I have cut my exercise right back this week so I don't think it is that. Maybe I do need to up my carbs slightly? Wild rice maybe?!


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    I get dizzy the day after I cheat... it's wierd.


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    Wild rice? Are you serious? If you want to up your carbs, have some more vegetables or a few more berries.

    You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

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    Only suggested that as it was in Mark's book :S

    I am new to all this and struggling!


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    Dearest Es,


    In searching for answers, I happened across this piece from last year, wherein Mark addresses the topic of the transition to a low-carb diet:


    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-living-transition-six-easy-steps/


    Have a read, but of particular interest was the part that mentions "Initially, you might feel sluggish or foggy" - I think you might be suffering more than most, but am hopeful that it will reverse given time


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    Thanks Tezmo that is really helpful.... it's encouraging to know that some 'transition issues' are to be expected... hopefully tonight's steak and veggies will help


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