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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #180 on: March 21, 2011, 08:30:31 AM »
Thanks for the info, Warren...

I'll keep it in mind. I guess, because Dr. Cordain's book is called "The Paleo Diet", I assumed that when people spoke of "Paleo Diet", they were referring to Dr. Cordain's work.

I greatly dislike the term "caveman diet", because the "caveman" is a complete fiction of bad anthropology. "Neanderthin" is a clever marketing term, but it also fails to satisfy me, because we aren't Neanderthals. "Primal Blueprint" utterly fails to appeal to me, because there's nothing primal about protein shakes and occasional dairy.

Before I discovered the Paleo Diet, I wrote of wanting to follow a "Foraging Diet". That, to me, better encapsulates the concept I wish to follow. Our pre-agricultural ancestors foraged for edible plant and animal life, frequently wandering from place to place.

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #181 on: March 21, 2011, 07:30:09 PM »
Warren, thanks for answering my questions.

Arcas, thanks for the link to Cordain's site.  I think I read that part of the FAQ back when I was first learning about Paleo.  I had considered it to be a comparison between ultra low carb diets that still allow grain but shun fruit rather than low carb paleo, but now I see what you meant about the glycemic index vs. load with fruit.  He doesn't give exact numbers, but it does seem in that last sentence like he's acknowledging that fruit can stall weight loss in individuals if too much (for that person) is consumed.

It does get confusing that Cordain's book is called "The Paleo Diet" but there are other people following a paleo way of eating that is somewhat different.  I think the way people on this site are eating and the way Cordain recommends have more similarities than differences - the ratios might look different, but the foods eaten are pretty similar.


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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #182 on: March 27, 2011, 05:50:12 AM »
Welcome to the forum Stacy.  I too feel a bit tired, and am sleeping through the night - but like you I have more energy than ever before.  And feel great!  I'm almost 3 weeks into this wonderful diet, and I did it cold turkey too.  My husband wasn't thrilled with my throwing out his milk, cereal, ranch dressing, bread, and I was making home made bread mind you, but it's all gone along with my beloved bagels!  Cream Cheese, all of the things we enjoyed that were killing us.  Death stalks us in the form of processed foods.  He's mad because I'm probably making him healthier and he will live longer!  He always says he is ready for his maker - being almost 80.  But I'm determined to keep him around a lot longer!  So be brave, throw away hundreds of dollars of crap and fill your house with health and good foods.  Give what you can't use that is usable to your local people who are hungry and/or homeless if you feel guilty.  But mine went to the dump!
I don't even want to kill off the poor and homeless here.......

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #183 on: April 03, 2011, 08:48:23 PM »
You *could* eat exclusively fat and protein, but it would be pretty unhealthy.

In what way?

I greatly dislike the term "caveman diet", because the "caveman" is a complete fiction of bad anthropology. "Neanderthin" is a clever marketing term, but it also fails to satisfy me, because we aren't Neanderthals. "Primal Blueprint" utterly fails to appeal to me, because there's nothing primal about protein shakes and occasional dairy.

You aren't really making any points here. Caveman diet is a name, not the makeup of the diet. Talk about that. Neanderthin is the name of a book, not the contents of said book.

Dairy is not paleo, nor are protein shakes. That's pretty standard info on this forum, not sure why you're referring to the Primal Blueprint.

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Before I discovered the Paleo Diet, I wrote of wanting to follow a "Foraging Diet". That, to me, better encapsulates the concept I wish to follow. Our pre-agricultural ancestors foraged for edible plant and animal life, frequently wandering from place to place.

More likely they knew the migratory paths of large herds of animals, and ate them. If they happened across fruit or veg along the way, they'd probably have a munch.
« Last Edit: April 07, 2011, 07:31:49 PM by samjohn »

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #184 on: August 10, 2011, 07:56:29 AM »
Hi guys

New to paleo (2 days ago) and this site, I found this thread to be very helpful as i'm feeling some tiredness already but I just KNOW the benefits I find after this initial period will be so worth it!

Thanks for all the great tips.


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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #185 on: September 03, 2011, 05:32:20 PM »
Cereal?!  No wonder you are tired. It weighs you down!  Please stop eating cereal! 

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #186 on: October 02, 2011, 05:49:48 PM »
Felt tired and pooped funny for almost two weeks when I started paleo. The return on investment, for me anyway, was totally worth it.

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #187 on: October 26, 2011, 05:54:29 PM »
What kind of tiredness is this? Muscle tiredness? Stressed out-tiredness?

Kind of an odd question, I know, but I'm trying to figure out if the fatigue that I've been feeling for the past few days is due to starting the paleo diet, or if I'm stressed out from work/not sleeping well enough.

I've been sleepy/tired at work, and I fall asleep on the train on my way home (which I NEVER used to do). On the upside, no blood sugar crashes :)

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #188 on: November 10, 2011, 11:54:05 AM »
I suffered from severe fatigue for ten years before I started the paleo diet.  No matter how much I slept I would wake up feeling weak with no energy.  The first 2-3 weeks on the paleo diet the fatigue actually got worse until one morning I woke up feeling rested for the first time in years.  I haven't felt fatigued since that day!  I didn't change anything that day - I just stuck with the diet.  I guess it takes a while to kick in.

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #189 on: November 16, 2011, 01:18:02 PM »
Hey there- Just joined. I am on day 4. I am a school teacher and my job requires more engergy than I usually have. Yesterday I was completely exhausted. I figured it might be my bod transitioning from buring carbs to alternate fuel? I feel great today on day 4 so hang in there.

PS After reading Wolf's book this weekend I was going to start AFTER Thanksgiving, but I couldn't bring myself to eat a single processed thing... so here I am! :) Love this idea and wish I could bring it to the schools! How great would that be?

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #190 on: February 10, 2012, 10:11:31 AM »
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.

This is what I have found out also. Some days I only need to eat once! That is crazy for me! I used to eat 3 to 4 times a day of the wrong foods. Since I have changed 3 months ago, I have lost weight and have toned up pretty well!

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #191 on: October 04, 2012, 07:47:20 PM »
Good Fats are very important on the Paleo Diet, I make sure to get at least a few servings of good fat in my diet each day. This helps you with energy as well as burning bad fat from your body!

Also, make sure you get some sugar in your diet. I prefer eating 2 apples as two separate snacks throughout the day.

Starting off the day with half an avocado is a GREAT way to get some good fat in your system early on!
« Last Edit: October 04, 2012, 10:04:10 PM by samjohn »

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #192 on: October 17, 2012, 09:17:17 AM »
A great tip that I picked up from studying Art De vany's stuff is to take a branched chain amino acid supplement especially during the first few weeks of transitioning.  BCAA's are the part of protein that your body uses to turn into glucose to feed your brain.  If you take the BCAA's your body only converts them to sugar in the amount your brain needs.  Thus you will not have to worry about spiking insulin while trying to fight off the sluggishness.  Worked well for me and has worked well for my patients. 

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #193 on: October 29, 2012, 09:42:43 AM »
Any time you change your diet (from whatever to whatever) there are always going to be a new level of homeostasis that you must reach. That's a good thing and proof your body is changing.

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Re: Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?
« Reply #194 on: December 14, 2012, 01:48:36 AM »
I had hot flashes during the first two weeks of switching to paleo. Then it just went away.
I still don't know if it was related to hormonal changes that the diet might've induced, but since I'm feeling fine now, it's not really important.