Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 123 LastLast
Results 11 to 20 of 26

Thread: Can head injury change appetite? page 2

  1. #11
    Paleobird's Avatar
    Paleobird Guest
    Primal Fuel
    There are several posters around here with neurological issues that have been improved by staying to the lower carb side of paleo. Rita Rose was dealing with a series of head injuries a while back. Cori has an ongoing brain swelling issue that she thought was going to necessitate brain surgery but VLC brought it under control. Knifegill and several others who talk about being "on the spectrum" of autism to one degree or another have found that VLC stabilizes mood and energy levels. For me it is epilepsy. I've been ably to cut my meds by 25% so far while maintaining total seizure control.

    Nora Gedgaudas' book, "Primal Body, Primal Mind" is a great read. You also might like the blog of Dr. Georgia Ede, a psychiatrist, which is called "Diagnosis: Diet".

    I think your craving for seafood should be indulged. And try some coconut or MCT as well.

    My best wishes to your bonked noggin.

  2. #12
    oliviascotland's Avatar
    oliviascotland is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Scotland
    Posts
    416
    First of all, thank you everyone for your kind thoughts!

    Paleobird - your advice is, as ever, pertinent. I had, prior to this injury, been trying to keep around the 20 - 30g of carbs per day, as generally I feel much better at that level. I am sure that it would be helping now as well if only I could maintain it for more than a week at a time! I do, thankfully, eat plenty of coconut oil, too. Maybe I should be exploring the "make your own chocolate" threads, and use the stevia that arrived this morning instead of sugar ...

  3. #13
    Paleobird's Avatar
    Paleobird Guest
    Some inspirational information to help you do what you already know works well for you.

    Nora Gedgaudas

  4. #14
    Kelda's Avatar
    Kelda is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Northern Scotland
    Posts
    383
    I'm thinking the head injury and craving must be linked. Glucose is the brain food, I wonder whether the brain is requesting additional energy for healing? In my experience the aspect of sugar that causes the problems is the fructose bit. It might be worth seeing if a small amount of pure glucose satisfies the brain and lowers the general sweet craving? But as Paleobird says many brain 'conditions' do best with VLC but this doesn't feel in quite the same category - assuming you normally have a 'condition-free' brain (so to speak!) what you have is a temporary injury that requires healing which seems different to me.

    Just a thought.
    Seeking the natural way in a modern world ...

  5. #15
    Paleobird's Avatar
    Paleobird Guest
    But as Nora said in that video, VLC is good for any condition involving brain inflammation (why it works so well for Cori). A brain trying to heal from a trauma is going to have a lot of inflammation to resolve before healing can take place.

    And that "glucose is the brain fuel" thing is not really true. The only cells in out body that absolutely need glucose are the red blood cells. All others, once adapted to ketosis run just fine and even better on ketones.

    BTW, Hiya Kelda.

    http://primaldocs.com/opinion/your-brain-on-ketones/
    Last edited by Paleobird; 04-29-2013 at 03:23 PM.

  6. #16
    magicmerl's Avatar
    magicmerl is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    New Zealand
    Posts
    3,054
    Yep. Don't go ZERO carb, but if you low carb it your body will prioritise the glucose for the brain.
    Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

    Griff's cholesterol primer
    5,000 Cal Fat <> 5,000 Cal Carbs
    Winterbike: What I eat every day is what other people eat to treat themselves.
    TQP: I find for me that nutrition is much more important than what I do in the gym.
    bloodorchid is always right

  7. #17
    RitaRose's Avatar
    RitaRose is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Nevada
    Posts
    3,952
    Brain injury can absolutely change your eating.

    I had 2 within a year, one that knocked me out completely, then another about 8 months later that wasn't anywhere near as bad (just a knot on my head) but actually had worse after effects.

    After the 1st hit, I noticed my immune system was compromised and I gained a little weight (maybe 5 pounds) even though I was eating the exact same foods. I had been eating Primal for about 3 months at the time. Then my immune system fixed itself and the weight went away within about a month. All good.

    After the 2nd hit, even though it seemed to be minor, I got really moody and irritable. Everything pissed me off. I got really insane cravings for the most horrible crap food ever. It was worse than before I went Primal. I had an MRI, and there is scar tissue on my frontal lobe (insert sarcastic "yay!" here), but I'm definitely better now. Your brain WILL reroute, given time and good nutrition.

    I've kind of been MIA on these boards for the past year or so because I honestly couldn't control what I ate. I tried, probably every month for a year, to start eating Primal again and I just couldn't last more than a day. Wednesday, for example, I had 3 donuts, 2 candy bars and a 20oz mocha frapp - all before lunch. Yeah, that bad. I felt like crap because that's how the food made me feel and because I knew I was hurting myself. It was honestly embarrassing.

    So... now I'm back again. I guess I healed up enough to have some control over what I eat. It has been a little over a year, which seems to be pretty typical. As of today, I've been able to stick with it for 5 full days, which doesn't sound like much, but it's a really big deal.

    My suggestions?

    Get some cold pressed, unrefined, organic coconut oil - this is the one I have - and have a spoonful at least once a day. Ease into it if your stomach is sensitive. I noticed HUGE difference in my moods, focus and ability to control my impulses when I did. And coconut oil has been shown to be incredibly good for brain health in general.

    If your brain is telling you to eat certain foods, and they're healthy foods (like the fish you mentioned) then I would absolutely do it. Sometimes our bodies crave certain foods when they're lacking the nutrients in them, like wanting chocolate when you're low on magnesium. If you start craving ice cream, donuts, cookies, etc., then that's a downward spiral you do not want to be on, though.

    Unfortunately, it's just plain going to take some time. But it WILL get better. Our brains find new paths. That's just what they do.
    My sorely neglected blog - http://ThatWriterBroad.com

  8. #18
    Paleobird's Avatar
    Paleobird Guest
    Hi, Rita I was hoping you would jump in for Olivia here. I'm glad to know you're doing better.

  9. #19
    notlupus's Avatar
    notlupus is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    NC
    Posts
    163
    The problem is that you shouldn't try to force damaged tissues to alter their metabolism. They are already damaged and don't need more insult by starving them until they change their energy source. Short term stick with the healthy carbs and don't worry about it. Long term you can think about going low carb again. TBI is very different from many of the conditions mentioned and shouldn't be compared.

  10. #20
    RitaRose's Avatar
    RitaRose is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Nevada
    Posts
    3,952
    Quote Originally Posted by Paleobird View Post
    Hi, Rita I was hoping you would jump in for Olivia here. I'm glad to know you're doing better.

    Thanks, Paleobird. Now I have an extra 30 pounds to lose and a frozen shoulder to heal. 4 pounds down already...
    My sorely neglected blog - http://ThatWriterBroad.com

Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 123 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •