Is this even physically possible? Re: keto adaptation
I've cut my carbs down a bit to aid ADHD/depression issues and I'm having a brain foggy low carb flu.
My brain is kind of not great in terms of clear thinking, focus and concentration, motivation, complicated decision-making. I often sort of can't keep my eyes open. I space out, etc.*
But my exercise performance is fine. I don't do very hard exercise- just a lot of fairly brisk walking outside- but it's unchanged. If anything, it seems easier. That said, any sprints I throw in are definitely weaker, shorter and recovery is slower. But I'd think that long brisk walks needed more carbs than brain function.
So what the hell? Is it possible to have keto adapted muscles but not a keto adapted brain?
I'm not going from SAD to superlow carb. I'm going from:
100g-ish of, generally:
fiber-y vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts etc: 40g
raw salad veggies like tomatos, peppers, cucumber, mushrooms: 20g
some leafy greens: 5g
random bits from dairy, eggs, shellfish, tofu/tempeh: 10g
Crapola in sugarfree stuff, 20%- 5g
And since I don't count fiber grams and Mark does, I toss on an additional 20g.
leafy greens, seaweed: 10g
raw salad veg: 20g
random bits: 20g (due to more cheese and shellfish due to summer availability)
crapola's the same: 5g
Since I don't count fiber and I'm having more unsweetened cocoa: 25g
The goal is not to be superlow carb, perfectly paleo-adherent, to lose weight, anything to do with exercise or to get into ketosis per se. Just to improve my general brain-based life/work functioning. My body sure likes the lower carbs.
*My mood is ok. Brain stuff seems to improve once I switch from dopamine-based meds (wellbutrin, ritalin, tyrosine) to serotonin-based ones (trazodone, tryptophan). But that's normal for me as my brain is weaker in dopamine-driven stuff and slightly better (though still requiring meds) in serotonin-based stuff. I don't have headaches or other low carb flu stuff.
I get that I just have to tough it out, so I'm not posting to complain. I'm just curious. Seems counterintuitive to me.
Last edited by CandylandCanary; 05-02-2012 at 02:53 PM.
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