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    Hi all,

    Im in my 4th week of going primal and generally feeling pretty good. I have been eating very low carbs, lots of fat and some protein at every meal. I have had a persistent background headache since shortly after starting to eat this way. Today I am fasting (as I feel i am now mostly fat-adapted) and the headache is getting worse.

    My first thought is that maybe I'm a bit too low carb? Maybe add some fruit back in.

    What do you think?

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    Are you drinking enough water? Headaches can be caused by dehydration, even if you don't feel thirsty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chorlton View Post
    Hi all,

    Im in my 4th week of going primal and generally feeling pretty good. I have been eating very low carbs, lots of fat and some protein at every meal. I have had a persistent background headache since shortly after starting to eat this way. Today I am fasting (as I feel i am now mostly fat-adapted) and the headache is getting worse.

    My first thought is that maybe I'm a bit too low carb? Maybe add some fruit back in.

    What do you think?
    are u getting enough salt? Try drinking two cups of beef bouillon per day.
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    I wouldn't fast if you're getting headaches. What is your daily menu like, has it been a big shift in diet?

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    Hi guys, thanks for the suggestions..

    I don't know if I'm getting enough salt. I do add salt to my meals when I cook in the evening though. As for water, well maybe not, but I've drunk a lot today and no respite from the headache..

    Fasting doesn't seem to be hurting, it's just upped my headache a notch. Im only a few hours from 24hrs now and I'll make sure I get plenty of salt and water!

    General eating looks like this:

    • Breakfast: 3 boiled eggs, 50grams yogurt with almonds, flax seed, few cranberries, sometimes some bacon or ham
    • Lunch - Big salad, some fish of some kind or another, or chicken
    • Dinner - Some kind of red meat or chicken with broccoli and carrots and maybe peas
    • Snacks - very few. Sometimes almonds (im alergic to most other nuts) or more yogurt


    My theory was that maybe Im just too low carb for me...

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    It still might be the low carb flu - when I switched to under 50g carbs a day, I was getting occasional headaches for about 4 weeks. Since then (itš been over 5 months now on around 50g a day plus 1 "cheat" meal of over 150g carbs a week), I haven't had a single headache. Can't really help about IF - I never do it intentionally, happens sometimes but I have never had a headache during a longer one. But I think if you still get headaches, you probably should postpone IFing.

    Is there any particular reason you are keeping quite low carb? You could always try to experiment a little and add more primal carbs in. Or another possibility is trying to go 100% paleo for a while and see if it helps. May be it will ease the adjustment. It certainly helped in my case. You can always reintroduce the dairy after a while.

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    Well that does make sense. I'll give the IF a rest for a while longer for sure.

    The reason im very low carb is I have found I have a fair bit of visceral fat to lose. I want the fastest sustainable way to get to a healthy body fat level and this looked like it...

    thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chorlton View Post
    Well that does make sense. I'll give the IF a rest for a while longer for sure.

    The reason im very low carb is I have found I have a fair bit of visceral fat to lose. I want the fastest sustainable way to get to a healthy body fat level and this looked like it...

    thanks!
    Yes it's very possible that it could be from eating low carb. I know I get this way when I go lower than 100g a day. I also lift heavy and sprint and if I don't eat enough carbs I tend to get headaches. Sometimes it helps to do a food log and see how you feel that day and what you ate.

    I normally cycle my carb intake. On my workout days I would eat above 100 g and if I don't work out that day I stay at about 100g or lower. This seems to just get rid of that headache. Too much salt also seems to aggravate it. For instance if I eat bacon in the morning I just cooked my eggs in the bacon fat but I don't add salt and I try to decrease my salt intake for the day. I also get less bloating this way.

    IF is great for people if it doesn't make you feel ill. However I have never needed to IF to lose some body fat. I think you need to tune in everything else in your diet and exercise first. In my opinion IF should be a last resort if anything. I don't how much visceral fat you need to lose but manipulating your diet and exercise could be helpful.
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