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Offline Warren Dew

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #210 on: July 20, 2014, 11:19:01 AM »
Plasma, my main thought is that chicken is quite lean, and switching to fattier meats would probably your best bet.  If you have been on high protein low fat, your liver has been working overtime turning the extra protein into blood glucose, so you may not be in ketosis, and the tiredness you are feeling may be the normal "low carb flu" from the period of adjustment to ketosis.

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #211 on: July 20, 2014, 05:34:03 PM »
Plasma, my main thought is that chicken is quite lean, and switching to fattier meats would probably your best bet.  If you have been on high protein low fat, your liver has been working overtime turning the extra protein into blood glucose, so you may not be in ketosis, and the tiredness you are feeling may be the normal "low carb flu" from the period of adjustment to ketosis.

So if I generally just ate Animal Fats and Vegetables with a little added protein when I was hungry and strictly just that would it be safe to say Im pretty good to go diet wise ?


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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #212 on: July 23, 2014, 10:05:52 PM »
As long as the protein is from meat, yes.

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #213 on: July 29, 2014, 05:08:07 PM »
Hmmm. I never felt tired when i started the paleo diet. I guess you can say that my body adjusted pretty well to it. I think some people are going to react to change in their eating habits differently. Some will adjust fairly easy while others will have slight adjustment curves. Never the less if the fatigue persist you should definitely figure out whats going on. The paleo diet is suppose to make you feel healthier and more energetic not more sluggish.

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #214 on: October 20, 2014, 07:48:50 PM »
Base on my experience, it is because of the lack of energy and sugar. Try eating more fat (animal fat) and protein, things will get better.
Don't worry, keep on trying, you'll get used to it soon. The result will be great!
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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #215 on: June 04, 2015, 11:59:06 AM »
Try eating more fat (animal fat) and protein, things will get better.
Don't worry, keep on trying, you'll get used to it soon.

That is the important thing. Fat was my saviour! :)

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #216 on: June 13, 2015, 12:43:50 AM »
have you change anything in your lifestyle?

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #217 on: June 13, 2015, 12:45:57 AM »
This is may be because you change something in your diet...

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
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Re: The caveman diet is making me very tired
« Reply #219 on: June 22, 2016, 03:07:35 PM »
Chocolate weetos

Sorry, but that's not paleo - no cereals are.  You'll need to cut out all grains, dairy, and legumes in order to be paleo.  No cereal, bread or pasta, since those are all grains; no peanut butter, since peanuts are a legume; no milk or cheese.  On the plus side, you can then eat as much meat, whole fruit, and green vegetables as you want.

Once you make those adjustments, and are actually eating a cave man diet, we may be able to help you.  I personally found that adding in some fruit helped with the blood sugar issue for me.
There are a variety of different paleo diets out there since it's become such a popular fad and a variety of different speculations on what foods should consist of a paleo diet, so I think you should probably source your opinion to the particular paleo diet you are following. But just so you know, there's quite a lot of people on paleo diets who eat legumes, and it's also been scientifically proven that neanderthals ate legumes: http://www.pnas.org/content/108/2/486.short

And even dairy has been a controversy in paleo diets in recent years, quite a lot of people believe our ancestors ate it, and it's been proven scientifically that cheese was eaten way further back than we originally thought, I can't remember where I found that article.

Either way, you still need insoluble and soluble fiber in your diet and it's been proven that our ancestors got it by eating things we probably wouldn't eat today (for example tree bark), so I think that's another reason why a lot of people recommend eating legumes on a paleo diet (because they are high in fiber and aren't grains).

Anyway, to answer the original question... if you are getting so fatigued that you cannot move or get out of bed in the morning, you need to go see your doctor because that is NOT normal. There could be a number of reasons why that would happen but no one here can know for sure, because we aren't doctors. You can get blood tests done to check to see if your blood sugar levels, iron, vitamins and electrolytes are all up to par, they might be able to tell if it's related to your change in diet.

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #220 on: June 24, 2016, 03:23:39 PM »
Occasionally pulling up a clover (legume) or a blade of grass (grain) and absentmindedly chewing it is far different from cultivating it and making it a staple of one's diet.

And pushing back the date for cheese making a little past 10,000 years ago still places it solidly in the neolithic period, not the paleolithic period.

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #221 on: June 30, 2016, 12:46:42 PM »
You probably need to alter your daily nutrients and be sure that you're getting enough good fats and proteins. I'm not sure about eating a cereal (even one called Caveman Crunch). There are some nice recipes out there for grain free granolas that you can use as a cereal or even hot cereals made from cauliflower rice. Try some of them out.

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