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Offline kernel

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Re: The caveman diet is making me very tired
« Reply #15 on: October 24, 2009, 07:38:07 PM »
It's odd but Cordain doesn't address this in his book.  It's a great help and comfort for newbies to be able to speak to and get advice from people who have experienced the same thing we're going thru. 

Stacey, good health to ya.  I hope you get better soon.

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Re: The caveman diet is making me very tired
« Reply #16 on: October 26, 2009, 07:18:47 AM »
This should be a sticky. 

Ask and ye shall receive.   ;)


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Re: The caveman diet is making me very tired
« Reply #17 on: October 26, 2009, 07:49:15 AM »
Can you change the thread title to "Why is the cave man diet making me tired?"?  I'm not sure it's a good idea to have the currently negative title as a sticky and thus the first thing people see when they come to the site to investigate the diet.

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Re: Why is the caveman diet is making me very tired?
« Reply #18 on: October 26, 2009, 07:56:12 AM »
Good idea Warren.

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #19 on: October 26, 2009, 05:47:58 PM »
Sunday morning during church I started feeling weak and light headed toward 11:30.  For breakfast I had a scrambled egg, banana, and handful of walnuts.  After church we were having a potato bar.  I got in there before everyone else and grabbed a plate and had some steamed broccoli with about a teaspoon each of real bacon bits, sour cream, chives, cheddar cheese and some mango salsa with no HFCS in it.( My daughter had checked for me)  The plate had nothing more than a snack on it but I was trying the advice about fat helping with the weakness and dizzyness.  It worked pretty good.  I didn't feel like I had an imbalance any more, I was just hungry.  I didn't eat anything 'till I got home and had some chicken and grilled beef. 

Does this sound right within the first week?


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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #20 on: October 26, 2009, 06:30:05 PM »
Yeah, it describes the "lite" version of what happened to me  :D . Just make sure you are eating enough.

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #21 on: October 26, 2009, 06:46:37 PM »
I took the advice of what wldfg and tarclach ? said in an earlier topic, eat big, to get big. Makes sense, so I eat a f***load of all the paleo foods and just stuff my face with anything I find, and most importantly I am losing a little bit of wieght, mostly from the days I used to eat 4 slices of bread a day.

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #22 on: October 26, 2009, 07:34:18 PM »
ajmesa- I've not heard your story.  Have you posted it?  Is it humorous?

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #23 on: October 26, 2009, 08:59:00 PM »
I have been working primarily from home in the past few months and I'm single. This setting allowed me to schedule meals as I wanted and not at predefined times, and eating primarily at home.

Going paleo I found that:

- By eating when I was hungry I did not follow my previous meal schedules. Some days I would go from waking up till 3-4pm with just some herbal tea. I would then have late lunch (at 4pm), and then dinner around 8pm. Sometimes I would fast until 6-7pm, have "1st dinner" then and have "2nd dinner" at around 11pm.
- Other days I would have breakfast at 8 and lunch at 11, several snacks in the afternoon and a late dinner (around 10pm).
- Overall, by eating when I felt hungry I found out that I did not need a much food on average, but when I was particularly hungry I could eat a lot. I also found that, because they require no preparation, I tended to eat more fruit and nuts than advisable. I managed that by planning to run out of them before going back for groceries.

So another thing to expect from going paleo is that you won't feel constantly hungry.

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #24 on: October 26, 2009, 09:31:19 PM »
ajmesa- I've not heard your story.  Have you posted it?  Is it humorous?
I decided to go paleo right in the middle of outdoors racquetball season in the summer (local amateur in Miami); real stupid thing to do. It was just a tough change for my body, I was used to the normal "active" diet, normally ate a good portion of white Cuban bread about 40 minutes before going to matches.

During one match I felt so "weak" my racquet went off my hands and my teammate was close enough to me that it hit him in the head :o. He had 4 stitches :o :o :o. I felt so freaking bad, kind of let him down for the season. He knew I was changing to paleo and expected for me to be tired and all that, but lol, I think he did not see that one coming :D.

During the third week it all just fixed itself, very rapidly. I noticed it in less than 2 match days, so like in a week it went from hell to glory :). My strength was about the same as before starting paleo, but what changed the most was speed and agility. That was a really big change in my game, it kind of has changed my game tactics since now I can take more advantage of that. Right now racquetball is not that active (+ I am not in Miami, ppl here in Gainesville only play indoors, I like the openness and the sun of outdoors, suck at indoors, that freaking back wall...) so I am weight lifting to gain some strength. I also keep trimming fat off, I started paleo at 155lb, went down to 136, then started weight lifting and now I am at 138, around 13% bf (I wanna get my abs showing, I think they will come with time). I am 19 btw, currently in College (UF) studying software engineering.

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #25 on: October 27, 2009, 08:35:21 AM »
Yes: that is humorous.  ;D  I haven't had anything fly out of my hands yet but I will count that as a safety tip.  It was good of your partner to be understanding. 

 

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Re: The caveman diet is making me very tired
« Reply #26 on: October 27, 2009, 05:57:22 PM »
Grains cause fatigue in many people. More fat, and more meats/produce usually result in more energy.

I agree 110%!! Since I started almost 3 weeks ago, I have more energy and don't feel tired. I use to be sleepy at 7:30pm with the dosing off. Now I force myself to get to bed by 9-9:30pm. I'm also up at 4am  ;D

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #27 on: October 28, 2009, 09:00:41 AM »
Yep- my problem is, I have so much energy that I tend to stay up too late, and since I have to get up early for work, I'm short on sleep and tired, and sometimes take a nap after work.  Then I'm wide awake until late again.  I think what I have to do is get more sunlight during the day, and increase my physical activity, so that I'm tired enough to go to sleep at the proper time at night. 


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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #28 on: October 30, 2009, 06:40:39 PM »
Eat more fatty meat and wait a few weeks. We need to adjust from burning sugars to burning fats.
If you are hypoglycemic in the process here is a trick because meat will not fix this (specific) problem (read my comment):
http://cavemanforum.com/index.php?topic=1903.0
« Last Edit: October 30, 2009, 06:43:25 PM by klcarbaugh »

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #29 on: October 30, 2009, 07:07:17 PM »
The first two months of carnivore eating, I would sometimes feel tired at around 6:00 pm and had to force myself to stay awake until bedtime. Now, it hardly ever happens. I eat only when hungry and find that I eat 19 hours between dinner and a lighter meal the next day. It's important to increase fat when tiredness sets in. If you feel nauseous then you're eating too much fat. At least that's what happens with me.

I wouldn't eat bananas though. They are like 99.9% sugar. If you feel you must eat fruits, there are a lot of fruits that are much better and don't cause the blood sugar issues and hypoglycemic episodes. Remember, Cavemen may have eaten fruits in season but those fruits were sour and so small you needed a magnifying glass to find them.