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    Primal Fuel


    First a bit of background:


    29 years old, 6'4", 359 lbs, and I take medicine for high blood pressure (imagine that, right?). I was 375 three months ago, but lost some through diet changes and exercise. The diet I was on previously was relatively low carb, but still had grains, dairy and a fair amount of carbs in it. Over the weekend I switched gears to pure primal eating after reading the book. I've been off the exercise for a couple of weeks, and haven't started the primal exercise plan, but intend to in the next couple of weeks. I was hoping to start this week, but I'm feeling a bit off. Also, despite my horrible eating habits over the years, I hate caffeine and soda and consume very little of them.


    So I'm three days in and I'm feeling a bit weird. My blood pressure and pulse seem good. Pulse is down a little, usually it's low 90s but now it's mid 70. I'm feeling restless and jittery, and I'm having trouble sleeping at night. I took acid a few times as a teenager (stupid days of my youth), and the feeling I'm having now reminds me vaguely of the come down from that, though not as intense. It's a general feeling of discomfort all over and an energy level that feels like I've been chugging caffeine. I'm very cranky and irritable, and I had a minor argument with one of my coworkers yesterday as a result. I'm having trouble keeping my cool.


    I'm craving bad foods but not giving in. As I approach each meal (I eat when I feel hungry) I'm craving sugar and carbs (and thinking quite a bit about them, today I had it in my head that I needed a chicken burrito from Chipotle). After I eat, I'm sated for a bit, but I start having the same craving as I approach the next meal. I've been eating chicken breast, steak, broccoli, carrots, scrambled eggs, blueberries, almonds, dried apricots and drinking water whenever I feel thirsty.


    So... are these feelings, especially the jitters, normal? Or should I be worried about my health? Any advice you guys can offer would be helpful.


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    Noisy,


    Your body is probably just adapting to your new lifestyle. It takes awhile for it to remember how to burn fats instead of carbs for fuel.


    A lot of people here refer to this as the "low-carb flu"...but it will pass. You're doing great; but if the carb cravings start to get real bad, try a piece of bacon instead. No, really ;-) You might be a little low on fat at this point...


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    Bacon is a good call, and I forgot to mention that. I had two pieces of it for breakfast this morning.


    How long does this flu generally last? Am I in for weeks of it, or will it pass in a few days? I ask because my anniversary is this weekend, so I'd like to be relatively functional for that


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    Congrats! 'The burning means it's working'!


    No really, it's like a 'detox' of sorts.


    Your body is adjusting and dumping out toxins.


    When we eat higher fat and lower carb, then the fat stores are dumped. Well, guess what else is stored in the fat? Toxins!


    When people detox, they start to feel the effects of these toxins being released.


    Keep monitoring yourself, as you don't want any nasty adverse effects (ie dangerous), but you should level out and feel right as rain soon!


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    Oh, to answer your question, it depends. Some people take up to 2 weeks and others only days. For me it was a mere 2 days.


    I'd say, on average, it's about 1 week, max.


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    Totally normal. If you go full-bore no-carb for a few weeks, that'll probably make the "low-carb flu" pass faster than if you try to hold on to the carbs. Think of it like kicking an addiction; your body is going through withdrawal. You'll feel better soon.


    Oh, and welcome aboard!

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    I'm glad you asked this question, I just started a couple of days ago and I feel a tad yucky: hungry a lot, irritable, hungry, lightheaded, woozy, and hungry.


    Did I mention I felt hungry?


    Glad to know this passes.


    PWG


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    PrimalWannabe: Eat fat! I'm serious. Have lots of high-fat, no-carb foods: eggs, meat, bacon. It will help with the hunger and the other stuff too.

    Primal eating in a nutshell: If you are hungry, eat Primal food until you are satisfied (not stuffed). Then stop. Wait until you're hungry again. Repeat.

    Looking for my Cholesterol Primer? Here it is: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...mer-(Attempt-2)


    Ditch the scale!: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread33283.html

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    Griff,

    At your height & weight, you're going to feel the effects of what some here have called "toxin" release for up to 3 weeks (sorry!). It includes caffeine and sugar withdrawal. Your head and body are getting rid of a lot of stuff. To help yourself along, be sure you're drinking plenty of pure water, and if you need to, take the aspirin or pain killer to get you through. If you aren't able to function at your normal capacity the OTC drugs can be a life-preserver. I'd also recommend just planning to eat quality food with ample water every 2 1/2 - 3 hours to get yourself through, until the pain subsides. After the jitters dissipate, let hunger be your guide.


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    Superfox, I'm an oldster - been doing this for six months already! I'm not the OP - you want to talk to noisyninja for that.

    Primal eating in a nutshell: If you are hungry, eat Primal food until you are satisfied (not stuffed). Then stop. Wait until you're hungry again. Repeat.

    Looking for my Cholesterol Primer? Here it is: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...mer-(Attempt-2)


    Ditch the scale!: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread33283.html

    My Success Story: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread30615.html

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