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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #150 on: September 23, 2010, 08:09:47 PM »
cardiovascular disease?
I recently had some blood work for an insurance application. My LDL was 121, HDL was 78, Triglycerides were 36 and VLDL was 5

By any cardiologists standards of current knowledge, those are some pretty good numbers for a 50 year-old.

I'm not afraid of fat.

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #151 on: October 05, 2010, 08:24:59 PM »
I didn't begin as paleo, although I'm making the transition now. 13 months ago I went low carb...very strict for the first 2 months...Atkins induction. And the first week I felt horrible. I was exhausted and felt like I had the flu. Rightly or wrongly I attributed this to carb withdrawal. Now I feel fine, but when on occasion I do eat rice, soy burgers, etc. I feel bad again...almost like taking a drug that I'm not used to...bloated, exhausted, gut wrenching stomach aches, headaches, etc.

I almost think that these foods should be labeled as an addictive, dangerous drug. Of course the FDA would never do such a thing.


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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #152 on: October 06, 2010, 07:19:15 AM »
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I almost think that these foods should be labeled as an addictive, dangerous drug. Of course the FDA would never do such a thing.

That reminded me of part of an article I read last week…

“An interesting example of wheat’s addictive potential pertains to the Roman army. The Roman empire was once known as the “Wheat Empire,” with soldiers being paid in wheat rations. Rome’s entire war machine, and its vast expansion was predicated on the availability of wheat. Forts were actually granaries, providing up to a year’s worth of grain in order to lay siege upon their enemies. Historians describe how punishment for the misbehavior of soldiers included being deprived of wheat rations and being given barley instead. The Roman Empire would go on to facilitate the global dissemination of wheat cultivation which fostered a form of imperialism with biological as well as cultural roots.
The Roman appreciation for wheat, like our own, may have less to do with its nutritional value as “health food” than its ability to generate a unique narcotic reaction. It may fulfill our hunger while generating repetitive, ceaseless craving for more of the same, and by doing so, enabling the surreptitious control of human behavior. Other researchers have come to similar conclusions. According to the biologists Greg Wadley & Angus Martin: “Cereals have important qualities that differentiate them from most other drugs. They are a food source as well as a drug, and can be stored and transported easily. They are ingested in frequent small doses (not occasional large ones), and do not impede work performance in most people. A desire for the drug, even cravings or withdrawal, can be confused with hunger. These features make cereals the ideal facilitator of civilisation (and may also have contributed to the long delay in recognising their pharmacological properties).”

http://www.glutenfreesociety.org/gluten-free-society-blog/grain-a-double-edged-sword/

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #153 on: October 06, 2010, 12:43:36 PM »
I didn't begin as paleo, although I'm making the transition now. 13 months ago I went low carb...very strict for the first 2 months...Atkins induction. And the first week I felt horrible. I was exhausted and felt like I had the flu. Rightly or wrongly I attributed this to carb withdrawal. Now I feel fine, but when on occasion I do eat rice, soy burgers, etc. I feel bad again...almost like taking a drug that I'm not used to...bloated, exhausted, gut wrenching stomach aches, headaches, etc.

I almost think that these foods should be labeled as an addictive, dangerous drug. Of course the FDA would never do such a thing.
Wow this reflects my experience exactly.  Hard to get through but worth it.  I found a supplement called My SPammy Supplement helped with my fatigue.  Not sure if true paleo allows supps but this one seemed to have some valid science behind it.  My main issue was headaches that are now completely gone after 30 days grain free.  Good luck everyone.
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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #154 on: October 25, 2010, 07:29:48 PM »
I agree with Lobsey about the water. I am starting day 8 of the program. The one thing that I overlooked  during the first week was the importance of consuming plenty of water throughout the day. Dehydration can certainly contribute to fatigue as well as dizziness, weakness, etc. And of course the other benefits is that it flushes out the toxins, is great for the skin, and fills you up. I drank a few glasses this evening and was able to work out 30 extra minutes ( a total of 60) for the first time with ease this past week.
I love this program so far! I lost 3 pounds in the first week. I have lost the cravings for sweets and grains.  My mood has improved. I also made the transition from milk in my coffee to almond milk with relative ease. I hear it's debatable as to whether or not almond milk is paleo. But it maintains my sanity while I take in my much needed decaf in the AM and another one later in the work day.
    Pebbles


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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #155 on: October 30, 2010, 02:47:09 PM »
Same thing happened to me. Im a teacher, and the first few days on this diet was hell as my body was adjusting to it. The poor kids! Every noise they made sounded 1000 times louder in my head!

Just stick to it and eat a variety of food and you'll be fine.

All the best!

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Re: The caveman diet is making me very tired
« Reply #156 on: December 12, 2010, 06:30:32 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.

exactly, the topic title is nonsense.

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #157 on: December 14, 2010, 09:03:00 AM »
how much water are you drinking. Take your body weight divide by 1/2. That is how many ounce of water you need.

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #158 on: December 21, 2010, 03:36:38 PM »
how much water are you drinking. Take your body weight divide by 1/2. That is how many ounce of water you need.
That is a load of bullsh*t. Eat to hunger, drink to thrist. Don't drink more than you're thirsty for, but don't drink less.

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #159 on: December 27, 2010, 12:17:26 AM »
lol
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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #160 on: January 10, 2011, 12:55:12 PM »
I would recommend going OFF a ketonic diet.  I think it's INSANE to do something like that long term.

I eat 50-75% fruits and vegetables and 25-50% meat, and I'm doing REALLY well with it, and losing weight as well.

Don't buy this long term ketonic diet bullshit.  It's not good for your body and paleo people did NOT eat that way.


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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #161 on: January 10, 2011, 03:17:08 PM »
I would recommend going OFF a ketonic diet.  I think it's INSANE to do something like that long term.

I eat 50-75% fruits and vegetables and 25-50% meat, and I'm doing REALLY well with it, and losing weight as well.

Don't buy this long term ketonic diet bullshit.  It's not good for your body and paleo people did NOT eat that way.

That's great you're doing well on that proportion of meat to fruit/veg.  You may be confusing ketosis with ketoacidosis.  Many people can do really well in ketosis long-term, and it's even used sometimes as a treatment for pediatric epilepsy.

How do you know that paleo people didn't eat low carb to the point of ketosis for long stretches (e.g. winter in certain places)?  Ketosis is a nifty adaptation.

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #162 on: February 08, 2011, 11:09:49 AM »
Im curious here, on the Paleo diet can you have whey protein powder?? I use the kind that is all natural. Also what about Quinoa? It is a seed after all but I know is also considered a grain of sorts

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #163 on: February 08, 2011, 11:14:28 AM »
Sorry, but protein powder is not paleo as it's a highly processed industrial food.  Quinoa isn't paleo for the same reasons that grains aren't; in addition, it's a new world food from the Americas, which makes it even more doubtful.

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #164 on: February 08, 2011, 11:21:17 AM »
Sorry, but protein powder is not paleo as it's a highly processed industrial food.  Quinoa isn't paleo for the same reasons that grains aren't; in addition, it's a new world food from the Americas, which makes it even more doubtful.
Quinoa is considered a new world food? I thought it was ancient?