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High Carb and Still Fatigued

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Created July 11, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Hi All,

I have been eating paleo since September last year. I ate low carb, lost weight and generally felt amazing. Had mental clarity, focus, oodles of energy and good sleep.

However, in April this year some bad things started happening. I started experiencing debilitating fatigue, brain fog, unexplained aches and pains. I got my thyroid tested and sure enough my T3 was way low and TSH high. I tried a thyroid complex and it worked for a while but then the symptoms returned. The situation became quiet terrible and I lapsed into eating grains and immediately felt better. I always ate a whole foods based diet, so even while eating grains they are all home cooked and not much processed food in my diet. Now, 2 months later I am 22 lbs heavier. I am 5'2" 170lb. Was 148 in April. The extra weight makes me feel bloated but the fatigue, aches and pains, mind fog were all gone on grains.

Now I am 1 week back into eating Paleo and I am already feeling the same symptoms. Today I spent the whole day sleeping. I have to read something at least 10 times before I can grasp the meaning. I am a therapist by profession and mind fog is something I cannot afford.

So, I had figured that last time I had gone too low carb. So this time to ease my transition into Paleo eating I decided to supplement with lots of starch. Only starchy tubers and no rice. Also even though I need to lose around 35 lbs I decided to not restrict calories. All this with a view to first eating healthy and then worrying about weight loss.

My question is, why did I feel better on grains than on tubers? What to do now about this fatigue? I know just how bad this can get, it was pure hell for me in April. I had to take 2 weeks off work. Last 3 days have been something like that for me and I can see this getting worse.

Sample day: Breakfast: A large portion of meat ( buffalo) with lots of mashed potatoes and butter. Lunch Vegetables with a goat curry Dinner Same as breakfast.

Thanks in advance for all your help.

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4413 · July 13, 2012 at 3:03 AM

LV. Yes work in progress and a moving target! Good for you for getting your Tpo down. You might want to make sure your cortisol levels are optimal too. STop the Thyroid Madness website has a good explanation of the importance of cortisol for thyroid issues.. take care

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140 · July 12, 2012 at 7:49 AM

TPO was in the 600s at diagnosis. I definitely agree the gut is key in autoimmunity. Personally though, I've found that antioxidants in supplement form tend not to sit well with me. Particularly coq10/ubiquinol - felt worse the whole time I was taking that (vit C seems to be ok though). I have wondered whether my T4 could stand to be higher, but I do *seem* to be ok with it low in the range - temps are perfect, my remaining issue is intermittent fatigue which I suspect is more likely down to systemic stress from residual gut issues. Like I say that's a work in progress!

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4413 · July 11, 2012 at 6:37 PM

LV the crux of my treatment after curing my leaky gut & going from a good diet to a high veggie, high protein 99% perfect diet was High dose antioxidants (which are anti-inflammatories) . R-la, Ubiquinol & Lycopene along with others. It is impossible to cure Hashi's or any other autoimmune disease with leaky gut or any dysbiosis. Also a high D3 level. What was your Tpo when you were diagosied. 40 is nothing. Was it a lot higher? I it was and you got to 40without using an Rla and Ubiquinol then there is hope for getting yours VERY low :D

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4413 · July 11, 2012 at 6:32 PM

And my reverse T3 is finally GREAT (28-30)

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4413 · July 11, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Oh and to answer your Q - yes - I have symptoms of low thyroid still without the added T4 but T4 alone SUCKED bad. REally really bad. witout the 25mcg of T4 I have cold hands and feet and low metabolism.

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4413 · July 11, 2012 at 6:30 PM

LV the cuz of my treatment after curing my leaky gut and going from a good diet to a high veggie, high protein 99% perfect diet was High dose antioxidants. R-la, Ubiquinol and Lycopene along with others. It is impossible to cure Hashi's or any other autoimmune disease with leaky gut or any dysbiosis.

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30 · July 11, 2012 at 6:13 PM

LV no need to apologise. Seems like I might have Hashi's after all. This info would be very very useful to me.

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140 · July 11, 2012 at 6:02 PM

By the way Sarah, sorry to hijack your thread. Sorry I didn't have anything to add to your issue specifically but I really hope you find some help here.

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140 · July 11, 2012 at 6:00 PM

...is a work in progress. Mainly, tons of fermented foods. Also I have found that I need a lot less replacement since these changes, though I'm still figuring out whether that relates to lower antibodies, lower systemic inflammation, or something else again. Anyway it's always good to hear how other paleo people are handling autoimmune issues, thanks!

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140 · July 11, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Thanks for replying Crowlover. Like you I had low T3 on synthroid only, and on NDT I end up with lowish T4 relative to T3 - but if I push T4 higher, I end up with rT3 too high. As you say it's a fine balance! I'm curious though - when you say your T4 doesn't get high enough on NDT, do you mean you have particular issues that improve when your T4 is higher? RE antibodies, basically I went from a kind of 80-20 WAPF diet to moderate-carb, totally gluten free paleo plus fermented and high fat dairy. I suspect that ditching the gluten 100% had the single biggest impact. Also gut flora, which...

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4266 · July 11, 2012 at 5:48 PM

There are lots of different roots and tubers. Beets, celery root, rutabaga, turnips, parsnips, carrots, lily bulbs. There are lots of different squashes you could try, too. Your energy might have nothing to do with carbs and everything to do with Vitamin D. Are you getting sun? If not, are you taking Vitamin D?

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4413 · July 11, 2012 at 5:35 PM

LV 40s are Great - congrats. Keep it up. What did you do for that? I had hoped for 20s but it may not happen... Thats OK. Thyroid Hrt for life is fine with me. I just cannot and will not put up with low thyroid levels. I have emergency Hrt in my earthquake kit!

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30 · July 11, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Yes Crowlover, I am coming out of thyroid denial now!

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4413 · July 11, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Potatoe, potATo. Its your thyroid Sarah not carbs.

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4413 · July 11, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Sarah I just emailed you so you can delete that LV - NO to suppressing TSH. I want my body to be making as much of its own hormones as possible. Its a fine dance. The Hrt combo is what works best. T4 alone Hrt sucks and I end up with very low T3 and lots of symptoms as I cant convert enough (the damage is done to my thyroid even though my Tpo is under 34 now). NDT only and my T4 is never high enough and T3 get to like 6.5 and then TSH is zero Best for me is Naturethorid 1 grain AM with 25mcg Synthroid and then PM 1.5 grains NatureThroid.

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30 · July 11, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Jonesey, yes I agree. stopping the potato from tomorrow!

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30 · July 11, 2012 at 5:15 PM

HuntingBears, I live in India. We do have a substantial McCains presence here. But methinks I will be giving up potatoes for now.

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140 · July 11, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Crowlover, if you don't mind the question, do you aim to suppress your TSH while trying to minimise antibodies? And do you mind sharing what specifically leads you to the NDT/synthroid combination? I'm dealing with Hashi's too, have my antibodies down to the 40s but still a way to go...

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30 · July 11, 2012 at 4:56 PM

fuschia.plath@gmail.com

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4413 · July 11, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Sarah what Is your email address? lets email. I will share with you what my protocol for Hashi's was. It worked.

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4181 · July 11, 2012 at 4:45 PM

I had a white potato with butter and have felt better than usual today, I don't know if you have them in America but you can buy frozen pre-baked potatoes here from mccains, just 5 mins in the microwave and you have a perfect baked potato!

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606 · July 11, 2012 at 4:42 PM

so it looks like the home cooked grains didn't work out to good for you. If you're that over weight, you definitely don't need to be eating mashed potatos with butter.

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30 · July 11, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Thanks foreveryoung, but insulin still would be an issue with fruit or a sweet potato, no?

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30 · July 11, 2012 at 4:19 PM

My D3 is in the gutter even though I live in the tropics. Have been supplementing and trying to get some sun everyday. Crowlover where can I find recommendations on levels of these supplements? My friend will be traveling to the United States next month, he will get them. Will also look up Terry Wahls. Thanks so much!

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4413 · July 11, 2012 at 4:11 PM

This is a great plan and similar to what I did. My doctor unfortunately died and never published his Hashi's protocol but its very similar to this: Terry Wahls MD | Defeating Progressive Multiple Sclerosis without ... www.terrywahls.com/

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4413 · July 11, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Sarah glad to help. Get tested when you can but I personally would proceed as if I did indeed have the autoimmune type of Hashi's as the treatments are good anyway (massive veggies and supplements). Ubiquinol, R-La, Lycopene, D3 and clean diet does work for lowering the antibodies- "high" doses though. Also with ANY autoimmune disorder you want your D3 level to be high. I keep mine at 80 with a combo of sun and supplements.

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30 · July 11, 2012 at 4:07 PM

I went high carb simply cos I felt that I should ease into it rather than abruptly change my diet habits. But at this time I feel yucky no matter what I eat so I guess no harm in giving up the potatoes. Thanks for your response.

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30 · July 11, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Oh Dahl that part about the sweet potato thats so true for me!!! I also have bingeing hunger, except I blame my own issues with disordered eating for that. Thanks I think I will give up potatoes for now.

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30 · July 11, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Crowlover, thank you so much. I never thought of getting my Tpo Antibodies checked cos I live in India and while I will get the test easy, treatment is a whole other issue. I have combed the STTM website, I am even a member on the Facebook group. All the treatment options that are listed there are beyond my reach here in India. Still I guess I could get the test. Thanks for replying.

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4413 · July 11, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Seriously doubt your diet has much if anything to do with your fatigue. Its your thyroid, imo. I posted a link for you. What you describe sounds like the autoimmune type of hypothyroid and its harder to manage - BUT NOT IMPOSSIBLE = you just need to tweak it more and you likely are on too low of a dose of thyroid hrt.

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14877 · July 11, 2012 at 3:12 PM

^ a roasted sweet potato with steamed kale and fat of your choosing, or just a piece of fruit.

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14877 · July 11, 2012 at 3:12 PM

^ a sweet roasted sweet potato with your choice of fat and a some steamed kale.

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30 · July 11, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Thats interesting. What could be a non protein Paleo breakfast?

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30 · July 11, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Thanks Diane, I think that might be a good point. I have always had digestive issues with potatoes. Except in April before I went back to eating grains I did up the fruit quite a bit, mangoes, apples, bananas, etc. But fatigue was still there. What other carbs could I use?

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30 · July 11, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Thanks for replying. I haven't got my thyroid checked recently but why should I feel better on a grains/legumes based diet than on starchy tubers and meat?

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4413 · July 11, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Do you have the autoimmune type of thyroid disease called Hashimotos'?? Its the most common type of low thyroid and I suspect you have it based on the instability of thyroid symptoms you describe.

With Hashimoto's and depending on the autoimmune activity, you can have good production of your own hormones one day, and bad the next. Your thyroid meds are not full replacement so when some is provided by your own body and its inconsistent, you get lots of thyroid symptoms.

I know. I've had it for years however through a diet and supplement regimen similar to Terry Wahl's approach to MS, I have lowered my Tpo Antiobodies into the "negative" range. Still too high though, as I don't consider 30 to be negative. I still consider it to be Hashimoto's but its not a full-blown active destructive process!.

I suspect you are not on enough thyroid Hrt.
I do best with both dessicated thyroid (Nature-throid) with a small amount of Synthroid (levothyroxine) as one or the other was very very problematic for me.
I you haven't had your Thyroid antibody levels checked, do so as soon as you can.

Its important to go by symptoms, not lab values. And lab values often are best with they are at the upper 1/3 of the reference range for Hashi's.
This website will help you a lot: Stop The Thyroid Madness www.stopthethyroidmadness.com

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4413 · July 11, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Sarah what Is your email address? lets email. I will share with you what my protocol for Hashi's was. It worked.

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30 · July 11, 2012 at 4:56 PM

fuschia.plath@gmail.com

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140 · July 11, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Crowlover, if you don't mind the question, do you aim to suppress your TSH while trying to minimise antibodies? And do you mind sharing what specifically leads you to the NDT/synthroid combination? I'm dealing with Hashi's too, have my antibodies down to the 40s but still a way to go...

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4413 · July 11, 2012 at 6:30 PM

LV the cuz of my treatment after curing my leaky gut and going from a good diet to a high veggie, high protein 99% perfect diet was High dose antioxidants. R-la, Ubiquinol and Lycopene along with others. It is impossible to cure Hashi's or any other autoimmune disease with leaky gut or any dysbiosis.

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30 · July 11, 2012 at 6:13 PM

LV no need to apologise. Seems like I might have Hashi's after all. This info would be very very useful to me.

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30 · July 11, 2012 at 4:19 PM

My D3 is in the gutter even though I live in the tropics. Have been supplementing and trying to get some sun everyday. Crowlover where can I find recommendations on levels of these supplements? My friend will be traveling to the United States next month, he will get them. Will also look up Terry Wahls. Thanks so much!

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30 · July 11, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Crowlover, thank you so much. I never thought of getting my Tpo Antibodies checked cos I live in India and while I will get the test easy, treatment is a whole other issue. I have combed the STTM website, I am even a member on the Facebook group. All the treatment options that are listed there are beyond my reach here in India. Still I guess I could get the test. Thanks for replying.

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140 · July 11, 2012 at 6:00 PM

...is a work in progress. Mainly, tons of fermented foods. Also I have found that I need a lot less replacement since these changes, though I'm still figuring out whether that relates to lower antibodies, lower systemic inflammation, or something else again. Anyway it's always good to hear how other paleo people are handling autoimmune issues, thanks!

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140 · July 11, 2012 at 6:02 PM

By the way Sarah, sorry to hijack your thread. Sorry I didn't have anything to add to your issue specifically but I really hope you find some help here.

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4413 · July 11, 2012 at 6:37 PM

LV the crux of my treatment after curing my leaky gut & going from a good diet to a high veggie, high protein 99% perfect diet was High dose antioxidants (which are anti-inflammatories) . R-la, Ubiquinol & Lycopene along with others. It is impossible to cure Hashi's or any other autoimmune disease with leaky gut or any dysbiosis. Also a high D3 level. What was your Tpo when you were diagosied. 40 is nothing. Was it a lot higher? I it was and you got to 40without using an Rla and Ubiquinol then there is hope for getting yours VERY low :D

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4413 · July 11, 2012 at 4:11 PM

This is a great plan and similar to what I did. My doctor unfortunately died and never published his Hashi's protocol but its very similar to this: Terry Wahls MD | Defeating Progressive Multiple Sclerosis without ... www.terrywahls.com/

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140 · July 11, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Thanks for replying Crowlover. Like you I had low T3 on synthroid only, and on NDT I end up with lowish T4 relative to T3 - but if I push T4 higher, I end up with rT3 too high. As you say it's a fine balance! I'm curious though - when you say your T4 doesn't get high enough on NDT, do you mean you have particular issues that improve when your T4 is higher? RE antibodies, basically I went from a kind of 80-20 WAPF diet to moderate-carb, totally gluten free paleo plus fermented and high fat dairy. I suspect that ditching the gluten 100% had the single biggest impact. Also gut flora, which...

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4413 · July 11, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Sarah glad to help. Get tested when you can but I personally would proceed as if I did indeed have the autoimmune type of Hashi's as the treatments are good anyway (massive veggies and supplements). Ubiquinol, R-La, Lycopene, D3 and clean diet does work for lowering the antibodies- "high" doses though. Also with ANY autoimmune disorder you want your D3 level to be high. I keep mine at 80 with a combo of sun and supplements.

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4413 · July 11, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Oh and to answer your Q - yes - I have symptoms of low thyroid still without the added T4 but T4 alone SUCKED bad. REally really bad. witout the 25mcg of T4 I have cold hands and feet and low metabolism.

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4413 · July 11, 2012 at 6:32 PM

And my reverse T3 is finally GREAT (28-30)

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4413 · July 11, 2012 at 5:35 PM

LV 40s are Great - congrats. Keep it up. What did you do for that? I had hoped for 20s but it may not happen... Thats OK. Thyroid Hrt for life is fine with me. I just cannot and will not put up with low thyroid levels. I have emergency Hrt in my earthquake kit!

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4413 · July 11, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Sarah I just emailed you so you can delete that LV - NO to suppressing TSH. I want my body to be making as much of its own hormones as possible. Its a fine dance. The Hrt combo is what works best. T4 alone Hrt sucks and I end up with very low T3 and lots of symptoms as I cant convert enough (the damage is done to my thyroid even though my Tpo is under 34 now). NDT only and my T4 is never high enough and T3 get to like 6.5 and then TSH is zero Best for me is Naturethorid 1 grain AM with 25mcg Synthroid and then PM 1.5 grains NatureThroid.

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140 · July 12, 2012 at 7:49 AM

TPO was in the 600s at diagnosis. I definitely agree the gut is key in autoimmunity. Personally though, I've found that antioxidants in supplement form tend not to sit well with me. Particularly coq10/ubiquinol - felt worse the whole time I was taking that (vit C seems to be ok though). I have wondered whether my T4 could stand to be higher, but I do *seem* to be ok with it low in the range - temps are perfect, my remaining issue is intermittent fatigue which I suspect is more likely down to systemic stress from residual gut issues. Like I say that's a work in progress!

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4413 · July 13, 2012 at 3:03 AM

LV. Yes work in progress and a moving target! Good for you for getting your Tpo down. You might want to make sure your cortisol levels are optimal too. STop the Thyroid Madness website has a good explanation of the importance of cortisol for thyroid issues.. take care

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435 · July 11, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Although I try to avoid eating them, I do find that grains suit me better than tubers.

I normally eat low carb, but if I add some sweet potato it unlocks this bingeing-type of hunger that I don't feel with any other foods (including if I cheat and eat a bagel). If I eat a white potato it feels like it sits in my stomach for ages and I feel gross for a day.

I'm not quite sure what I will do when I'm ready to introduce more carbs, I guess small amounts of fruit, pumpkin, etc.

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30 · July 11, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Oh Dahl that part about the sweet potato thats so true for me!!! I also have bingeing hunger, except I blame my own issues with disordered eating for that. Thanks I think I will give up potatoes for now.

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4266 · July 11, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Perhaps instead of starches you should try fruits. I actually get a significant portion of carbohydrate from rather sweet things such as dates or dried fruit. Yesterday I made pork chops with a nice mango salsa. If you are having white potatoes, there are some chemicals in there that don't agree with many people, like saponins which don't agree with anybody.

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30 · July 11, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Thanks Diane, I think that might be a good point. I have always had digestive issues with potatoes. Except in April before I went back to eating grains I did up the fruit quite a bit, mangoes, apples, bananas, etc. But fatigue was still there. What other carbs could I use?

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4266 · July 11, 2012 at 5:48 PM

There are lots of different roots and tubers. Beets, celery root, rutabaga, turnips, parsnips, carrots, lily bulbs. There are lots of different squashes you could try, too. Your energy might have nothing to do with carbs and everything to do with Vitamin D. Are you getting sun? If not, are you taking Vitamin D?

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4181 · July 11, 2012 at 2:04 PM

I think that actually for most people long term low carb is a bad idea, the reason people feel amazing is because on low carb you have increased adrenaline similar to drinking a coffee. But I believe this is not sustainable and you're body eventually falls into exhaustion. I'm not too good with the science but this is my understanding, IF and low carb for me were awful. Try skipping the protein with breakfast, but keep up the fat to stunt the insulin, see if that helps at all

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14877 · July 11, 2012 at 3:12 PM

^ a roasted sweet potato with steamed kale and fat of your choosing, or just a piece of fruit.

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30 · July 11, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Thanks foreveryoung, but insulin still would be an issue with fruit or a sweet potato, no?

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4181 · July 11, 2012 at 4:45 PM

I had a white potato with butter and have felt better than usual today, I don't know if you have them in America but you can buy frozen pre-baked potatoes here from mccains, just 5 mins in the microwave and you have a perfect baked potato!

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14877 · July 11, 2012 at 3:12 PM

^ a sweet roasted sweet potato with your choice of fat and a some steamed kale.

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30 · July 11, 2012 at 5:15 PM

HuntingBears, I live in India. We do have a substantial McCains presence here. But methinks I will be giving up potatoes for now.

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30 · July 11, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Thats interesting. What could be a non protein Paleo breakfast?

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1029 · July 11, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Has your thyroid numbers returned to normal? Hypothyroidism causes fatigue; you need to straighten your thyroid out before worrying about your diet.

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30 · July 11, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Thanks for replying. I haven't got my thyroid checked recently but why should I feel better on a grains/legumes based diet than on starchy tubers and meat?

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660 · July 11, 2012 at 3:05 PM

It's very possible that after just one week your body is still adapting, especially after the roller coaster ride you have been on. I wonder if it's necessary to go immediately to high-carb, especially if weight gain is an issue? Why not start with moderate carbs - slowly adding in the potatoes and other starches that you were avoiding before and slowly easing off of the grains? That might be a more smooth transition for your body, and you might be better able to take note of what does and does not agree with you.

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30 · July 11, 2012 at 4:07 PM

I went high carb simply cos I felt that I should ease into it rather than abruptly change my diet habits. But at this time I feel yucky no matter what I eat so I guess no harm in giving up the potatoes. Thanks for your response.

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