Low Carb Flu

Low Carb Flu

Low Carb Flu Questions

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by 60 · 5 minutes ago

When I first began the paleo diet I had major detox or @low carb flu" symptoms for a full three weeks. Intense. I fell off the bandwagon (had PMS and major cravings). It's been maybe 3 weeks non paleo diet. Now that I am back to eating paleo,... (more)

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KA24 0 · December 04, 2012 at 1:41 PM

To a degree, maybe. However, by experiencing it before your body will acquire some flexibility with a change in energy sources. While I don't advocate falling off the wagon, I would say it's actually smart to give your body a change of pace... (more)

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by 0 · 7 minutes ago

This is Day #3 of me eating solely paleo. I was diagnosed with Lupus 3 years ago, am super allergic to Plaquenil (the medicine usually prescribed for Lupus) so I've been playing around with my diet ever since to try to minimize my Lupus symptoms.... (more)

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Janknitz 0 · October 23, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Reducing carbohydrates has a diuretic effect. You need salt and potassium--broth is a good way to get them and some people find sprinkling a little potassium containing salt substitute on their veggies helps, too. It could also be a lupus flare... (more)

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by 10 · 15 minutes ago

Hi, I'm on my 3rd day of the paleo diet and feel like I have an empty hole in my stomach. I also feel weak and shakey. In general I eat well, similar but with some brown rice or quinoa so it's not like it's a huge change, but with just meat and... (more)

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Moonablaze 0 · July 18, 2012 at 5:35 AM

this is a VERY common phenomenon known as low-carb flu. this may help http://www.marksdailyapple.com/low-carb-flu/

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by 5381 · 15 minutes ago

Hey hey! I have quite a few questions here. I am on a low-starch (scd) and low-fodmap diet for digestive issues. For the digestive issues, its mostly going swimmingly. However, despite being at this for ~2 months, I am still seemingly having... (more)

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Josh_Singer 0 · July 15, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Do you know if you're lactose intolerant? You eat a lot of cheese daily, and that could take a toll on your digestive system if you cannot tolerate it well. May want to check that out. I know I love high quality cheese, but it usually forces me to... (more)

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by 158 · 22 minutes ago

My wife is having some severe "low carb flu" which is including severe nausea, the chills, flu-like symptoms, really bad body aching, etc It's been getting worse throughout the day. So far I've had her eat more fat, eat fruit, eat salty nuts and... (more)

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Laurie_D_ 0 · April 25, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Is it possible she actually has the flu?

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by 15 · 23 minutes ago

Hi, I have been eating paleo for almost 4 weeks now and I still don't feel great. The first few days were AMAZING. I had a ton of energy and all I wanted to do was work and get stuff done. Unfortunately after a few days I started to feel weak and... (more)

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Laura_23 0 · April 14, 2012 at 11:32 AM

I agree with the first reply. You may need a few more carbs. Maybe a piece of lower sugar fruits, or squash or root veggies. Paleo isn't meant to be low carb just for low carb sake unless you are trying to lean out. Listen to your body, there are... (more)

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by 323 · 24 minutes ago

Hi Peeps, The reason I ask this is I went for a meal on Sunday and felt shocking (LC flu) on Monday, however I'm wondering if this reaction is more hypoglycemia than the flu we describe? I have no idea how much sugar, corn flour etc.. was in my... (more)

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Dave_S_ 0 · April 03, 2012 at 1:49 PM

If you are low to very low carb - say under 50 grams per day - you have very likely induced peripheral (muscular) insulin resistance due to the high level of free fatty acids running around in your blood stream. Eating a high carb meal under those... (more)

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by 10 · 24 minutes ago

Hi everyone, I've been reading along for a few weeks, and finally have a reason to speak up. I will try to keep this brief. I've been going Paleo for two weeks now, and the past 3 - 4 days, I've had a really horrid case of (what I now realize... (more)

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meret 0 · April 01, 2012 at 4:48 PM

i wouldn't focus on going low-carb right now. you only just started eating paleo! get used to it first! ease into the lower-carb version (if that's what you truly want) SLOWLY, and until thhen get your carbs from paleo carbs - some fruit, lots of... (more)

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by 405 · 25 minutes ago

I recently decided to lower my carbs in order to have a diet which would better fit the 'low-carb' definition: from about 70-100g to 30-60g. I wasn't looking to lose weight--it was pretty much just an experiment to see how I'd feel and possibly... (more)

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julianne 0 · March 18, 2012 at 5:07 AM

Low carb decreases seretonin - hense the anxiety. If you dont need to be low carb - dont do it - too many side effects.

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by 1720 · 26 minutes ago

I think I need to up my carb intake. I've been having brain fog for the last 2 weeks. Is that correlated? Maybe I'm wrong. idk I know sweet potatoes would probably be the main answer, but other than them?

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by 165 · 32 minutes ago

Has anyone experienced a second bout with the icky low carb flu that most experience when starting the diet? Started eating paleo in September, felt like poo for a few days, then got over the hump and started feeling really good. But recently, I... (more)

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Ben_Nash 0 · December 15, 2011 at 4:26 AM

Up your carb intake. Or eat more in general. I think that's what got rid of my brain fog.

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by 1363 · 38 minutes ago

Can anyone who has experience the symptoms of a flu and think it might be due to low carb intake please answer the following questions. 1. How long after going low carb did it start? 2. What were the symptoms? eg headache, sore throat, dizzy,... (more)

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Witzelcheck 0 · November 21, 2011 at 5:54 PM

I didn't get the low carb flu from cutting the carbs, but I DID get them when I originally cut out wheat and dairy from my diet. Holy crap. It was aweful. My body went into shock and I just wanted to sleep for 2 weeks straight. I couldn't run. I'm... (more)

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by 180 · 41 minutes ago

Hi Everyone, This is my first post here. I had been close to Paleo for a long time last year before I ever heard about the diet. I was doing it more for reasons of Candida/yeast/psoriasis/etc reasons. I have always ate generally pretty... (more)

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Atkins_witha_loincloth 0 · August 13, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Frankly, I think you are starving. With your energy output which is naturally built into your everyday, your size, weight and stated difficulty gaining weight, I think you need to rethink what you are eating. You mention "yeast/candida." Why do... (more)

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by 3315 · 43 minutes ago

A while ago I came across a hack about low carb flu where someone (I think it was the Quilt) recommended 5-htp to relieve the symptoms. I'm sorry I can't find the actual question, his answer may very well have been a comment within an answer and... (more)

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No_more_ 0 · July 23, 2011 at 10:47 PM

Because going low carb will limit your serotonin production. Taking 5-htp will promote serotonin recycling while you get used to low serotonin levels.

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by 200 · about 1 hour ago

My husband and I started a 30 day Paleo challenge on Saturday, so today is day 5. I did pseudo-paleo last week to try to wean off my beloved Diet Coke and ease into the plan a bit. My husband just jumped in cold turkey on Saturday. We have done... (more)

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sherpamelissa 0 · March 30, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Yes, if you stick to it, it will get better. Here's a great thread on low carb flu and lots of people's experiences: http://paleohacks.com/questions/20311/low-carb-flu-what-was-your-experience#axzz1I6pxNRZf Here are two "newbie" threads from one... (more)

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by 571 · about 1 hour ago

A little background: I have been eating paleo/primal since July of 2010. I've been gluten free and mostly grain free (95%) since then. I don't eat any legumes and with the exception of a 2 week period approximately a month ago, I do not eat any... (more)

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Dexter 0 · March 12, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Lots of fluids...bone broths used to do the trick for me And then I found low carb/paleo and supplementing with Vit D3. Since I started three years ago supplementing with Vit D3 10000IU for the first six months and then 5000IU ever since, I have... (more)

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by 788 · about 1 hour ago

I've been eating 90% Paleo for just under a month (exceptions being small amounts of cheese and cream). I've been trying to keep it on the low-carb end of the spectrum because I'm trying to lose weight, but I've been eating lots of veg and some... (more)

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Helen 0 · February 28, 2011 at 9:55 PM

Do you get enough magnesium? Muscle tension is a classic sign of magnesium deficiency.

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by 0 · about 1 hour ago

Dear Ladies and dear Gentlemen, After reading a bit here and bit there about the now famous Paleo diet, I decided to give it a chance hence cutting initially my daily intakes of gluten, grains and legumes (couldn't get out of dairy yet). Well, I... (more)

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Ruby 0 · January 26, 2011 at 9:10 PM

Welcome to Paleohacks! We love newbies and are more than willing to help those who are finding the road to be long and bumpy. Check out the tags - they are a great way to find out if someone has already addressed the issues that you might be... (more)

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by 39841 · about 1 hour ago

I was just reading this post on Dr. Davis' Blog: http://heartscanblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/heroine-oxycontin-and-whole-wheat-bagel.html And all of the symptoms sound the same as what people are attributing to a glucose/ketone body crossover. I've... (more)

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wjones3044 0 · January 25, 2011 at 10:16 PM

I cut out wheat before going low-carb. Spent a year doing strict gluten-free, soy-free eating, trying to replace bread with rice, tapioca flour and the like. At that point I was doing much better healthwise, but I had nagging problems that I... (more)

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by 5838 · about 1 hour ago

I've seen quite a few of newcomers to PaleoHacks. In order to help them out, I thought sharing each other's "Low carb flu" experiences might help keep them on the right path. Everyone is different, so a good broad range of answers would likely... (more)

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Aril 0 · January 25, 2011 at 2:07 AM

THEN- my carb flu was an entire year ago, but here goes: I had the WORST feelings of hunger that I have ever had in my life. I felt like I could literally go to a rock on the beach and tear the seaweed off with my bare teeth and eat it all! I... (more)

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by 0 · about 23 hours ago

I'm 15, in good health, and at about 15% body fat. Yesterday was my first low carb day. I skipped breakfast and worked out really hard for about 2 hours, which most likely depleted all of my glycogen stores. That day, all I ate was about 35... (more)

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paleot 0 · June 19, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Hard exercise can burn upwards of 500 calories an hour. If you did that for two hours, then ate less than 1,000 calories.. and didn't watch your nutrients, there's your problem.Did you use salt on your food? (without added salt, that food is less... (more)

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by 0 · about 23 hours ago

I'VE LITERALLY WRITTEN THIS QUESTION 3 TIMES AND IT ALWAYS ERASES. So, I'm gonna type it ONE MORE TIME. Here goes :| I'm wondering about this mythical, magical Ketosis unicorn. I'm a female collegiate cross country runner. I'm not looking... (more)

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Patfiveshot 0 · May 24, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Just through my own personal experience as a paleo runner, I was in ketosis and fasted for 14 hours prior to a 10 mile race and ran it with a greater gain than the past two years. I hurt my knee, which was my fault as I didn't train for the... (more)

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by 0 · about 23 hours ago

Hi there :) I have a couple questions regarding Low-Carb Flu and adjusting to a gut-healing Paleo diet. I have a Candida/Leaky Gut issue, so I'm eating a clean Paleo diet with no fruit or grains. Lots of vegetables, lean meats, lots of bone... (more)

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Rosenhazavel 0 · April 02, 2014 at 6:51 AM

How long should this last? Is exercise good or bad at this time? “Low carb Flu” Low energy, low grade headaches, moodiness, foggy mind and just all around lousy. Don’t worry it’s completely temporary. Dont worry about working out right... (more)

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by 0 · about 23 hours ago

I am 5 days into eating Paleo. I have been sticking to it about 90%. I have been eating lots of chicken, eggs, salad with lots of veggies, fruit, nuts, beef, even bacon! This is a major switch for me as I used to be a cereal, sandwich, pizza... (more)

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ebuffy 0 · September 14, 2013 at 5:27 AM

Thank you @Allison 14 I will have to also listen to that podcast. I just got a magnesium supplement at Whole Foods. Do you know how much to take? P.S. Will I lose weight on this way of eating even if I'm not trying to? I am really sick of... (more)

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by 5 · about 23 hours ago

I'm trying to get to 20% body fat by the beginning of next year. In order to do this, I have implemented a vigorous workout routine (lots of interval training, lifting weights, and swimming) and am also attempting to master a ketogenic diet. I did... (more)

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Dragonfly 0 · July 15, 2013 at 6:06 AM

Suggest you get keto-adapted first, then implement your workout program gradually. Trying to do both at once is likely to be painful! Remember that body composition is 80% diet. Hormonal balance is key and if you overdo the exercise, you may... (more)

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