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Offline PaleoItalianGirl

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #195 on: February 05, 2013, 01:16:18 PM »
Hi Guys-

I'm new here and maybe I should have posted in this section.  I began a paleo diet over a year ago and had instant weight loss within the first few months.  However, I was still bloated and felt foods weren't digesting properly (ahem, get my drift #2-wise :()

So I began googling stuff and posted in the Vitamins section here:
http://cavemanforum.com/vitamins-and-supplements/started-detoxing-with-1-ingredient-approach/

I felt the bloating and not eliminated as good as I should was making me tired and weighed down (even though I lost weight).  So I tried the detox mentioned in the post above.  Now, I'm super scared to go back to including more foods because I feel lighter and haven't experienced any bloating.  Eggs seem to be a no-go for me fyi.

Love this forum!

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #196 on: April 14, 2013, 07:36:08 AM »
Research has shown that  the Paleo Diet is that it promotes a high protein, low carbohydrate intake ratio, which puts stress on the body. High protein, low carbohydrate diets have been linked to high cholesterol, heart disease, cancer and kidney damage. :-\


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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #197 on: April 14, 2013, 08:21:48 PM »
Research has shown that  the Paleo Diet is that it promotes a high protein, low carbohydrate intake ratio, which puts stress on the body. High protein, low carbohydrate diets have been linked to high cholesterol, heart disease, cancer and kidney damage. :-\

"Research" has also shown that Microsoft's OS, browser, and phones are the best in class but we all know Macs, Chrome, and iPhones are the best :)

I literally also just read a real study tonight that followed tens of thousands of women on a higher protein, lower carb diet compared to normal and they were better off for cardio risk factors.

But keep up the trolling, it's good for ad views ;)

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #198 on: May 03, 2013, 01:31:02 PM »
Anything with gluten in it will make me tired. A special kind of tired that only gluten provides. Check to see if that cereal has wheat, barley, oats, or rye. Also, I started taking a B vitamin complex and my energy changed a lot. I think I was deficient because things like caffeine and sugars (alcohol of course) will leech your body of that particular vitamin. If your intestine is damaged from gluten you could have problems absorbing the vitamin. Grains have really messed me up.

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #199 on: May 08, 2013, 11:56:32 PM »
Hi there! We are in the same track. I've been in a paleo diet and it really makes me feel so tired. I've read an article that paleo diet promotes high protein but a low carbo intake ratio and it will be a result of stress. Since Paleo is a no grain diet, it somehow resulted giving us lack of nutrients. Studies show that we need whole grains to have enough nutrients in our body. Some experts advised to have a balanced food for healthier diet but Paleo works on some people having it. I think it just doesn't work to all of us since we have different lifestyles. Just try to find what's the best diet which fits you to lessen your sufferings which I already did. I hope this would help you. 


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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #200 on: May 09, 2013, 08:19:31 AM »
Hi there! We are in the same track. I've been in a paleo diet and it really makes me feel so tired. I've read an article that paleo diet promotes high protein but a low carbo intake ratio and it will be a result of stress. Since Paleo is a no grain diet, it somehow resulted giving us lack of nutrients. Studies show that we need whole grains to have enough nutrients in our body. Some experts advised to have a balanced food for healthier diet but Paleo works on some people having it. I think it just doesn't work to all of us since we have different lifestyles. Just try to find what's the best diet which fits you to lessen your sufferings which I already did. I hope this would help you.

I think you're misunderstanding how the paleo diet works.  You are not supposed to replace your intake of carbohydrates directly with protein - the human liver can only handle getting about 30-40% of our calories from protein.  The bulk of the calories on paleo should be from fat, preferably from high quality meat, plus however many carbohydrates you want to get from fruit.

If you are overweight, of course, you can just burn your own fat instead.

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #201 on: June 06, 2013, 08:11:35 PM »
Research has shown that  the Paleo Diet is that it promotes a high protein, low carbohydrate intake ratio, which puts stress on the body. High protein, low carbohydrate diets have been linked to high cholesterol, heart disease, cancer and kidney damage. :-\

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I think you're misunderstanding how the paleo diet works.  You are not supposed to replace your intake of carbohydrates directly with protein - the human liver can only handle getting about 30-40% of our calories from protein.  The bulk of the calories on paleo should be from fat, preferably from high quality meat, plus however many carbohydrates you want to get from fruit.

My personal opinion, no research to back me up, but paleo diet goes with a paleo lifestyle.  If you don't replicate the physical activity of a caveman, you can't expect to eat just like them.  If you do enough physical activity (such as a job that is heavy in manual labor), you can eat virtually anything paleo, at anytime, in any quantity and be healthy.

Those of who are not this physically active have to taper our diets.  I believe that about 50% vegetables, 35% meats, 15% fruit and nuts is an ideal ratio of food for someone with a desk job.  I workout about 6-8 hours/week, and this is what I strive for.  Unfortunately, I typically find myself eating about 45% meat, 30% veggies, and 25% fruit and nuts.  And beer on the weekends  ;)

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #202 on: July 10, 2013, 01:34:34 PM »
I am on day three of paleo.  I was expecting 2-4 weeks of with-drawls and lethargy.  I am fortunate that it seems to have passed for the moment.  Though, I am pretty sure that it will return as I have ingested so much crap over the last 4 years.  I learned at a young age (due to training) that if you are feeling lethargic to try to change your food combos.  Maybe add a bit more fat and protein and of course eliminate the cereal (that could be the sole culprit)
I hope you feel better soon and find balance :-)

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #203 on: September 05, 2013, 08:53:11 PM »
Cereal is not paleo

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #204 on: September 08, 2013, 05:53:57 AM »
From the start the caveman diet gave me energy. But I think that was my brother's doing because he prepared the meals that first week while I visited him during vacation and I ate very Paleo well.
Three months in and I'm feeling great.  Lots of energy that keeps me going all day.
But then....
Yesterday, at work I didn't bring my own lunch and got too hungry to avoid the break room vending machines.  The ham and cheese sandwich I swallowed along with some potato skin chips and cookies knocked me for a loop an hour later with nausea, headache, and great fatigue.   I really had to struggle to get through the rest of my shift.
Back on Paleo and never venturing off again.

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #205 on: November 06, 2013, 03:10:50 PM »
is it weird that I did not feel different. I felt great. I found I was not as hungry and I had a lot more energy.

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #206 on: December 28, 2013, 05:30:46 PM »
About tired/not tired...

I think it all depends on what you have been doing to this point.

If you've been eating lot of sugar/sports drinks/carbs to carry you through the day, your body naturally is expecting the same and damn thing won't give up, until... it gives up. That takes time.
But who's stronger? sugar or your evolved brain and will power? Keep going at it, give it 2-4 weeks, soon you'll start feeling stronger

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #207 on: January 18, 2014, 02:44:46 PM »
Im surprised anyone has been tired. By day two I had so much energy that I didnt know what to do with myself!

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #208 on: April 14, 2014, 11:56:45 AM »
It has the opposite effect on me.  I have found that I have way more energy than I ever did.

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #209 on: July 20, 2014, 07:17:49 AM »
Alright so Ive been on and off being semi Paleo for a while. I decided to delve fully into it. I have noticed in the past that if I eat too much protein like chicken or almomd butter when Im hungry I dont feel as well. I think my food balance had been a bit off. Im thinking realistically my best route is to have fats and vegtables as my meals.

The two days prior to yesterday I basically just ate coconut oil, chicken and almond butter. Now all of yesterday and into this morning I have felt sluggish and I havnt had an appetite. Im thinking that my liver is just oberloaded and Im basically fasting at this point. On the contrary I feel a lot better not having really eaten and not eating when Im not hungry. Im also assuming my body probably has a pretty good fat store after the half jar of coconut oil I ate two day ago. I did have a salad and oil and cinegar for lunch yesterday, small and light and felt pretty damn good for a bit, thoughthem tired because digestion was sluggish. I know oil isnt paleo.

Im thinking to just cut down my food intake in general, and basically stick to salads and dressings on coconut oil and vinegar, with a little added protein for most of my meals. Thoughts ?