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Low Carb Flu

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by 0 · about 1 hour 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 1 hour 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 1 hour 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 1 hour 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 20 · about 1 hour ago

I started a Whole30 on Saturday (after taking most of the week to wean off of the limited number of carby foods I was eating). Felt fine first day. Sunday I kind of had weak and shaky symptoms, but they went away when I ate some squash with salt... (more)

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O_Siodhachain 0 · June 03, 2013 at 8:37 PM

I'd suggest getting some potassium, if you haven't already. Your electrolytes might be off. Edit to add: bananas and sweet potoatoes are totally whole-30 compatible ;) As for answering the question, which I apparently find impossible to do if... (more)

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by 105 · about 1 hour ago

Hello everyone, first of all I'd like to say this will be kinda long post, so if you don't like to read, I am sorry. I started with low carb paleo 2 weeks ago, after 8 weeks of recovery from cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal surgery). I was... (more)

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RK 0 · April 10, 2013 at 9:34 PM

You got a great answer from paleoDoc. Pls update with what you found out from your doc. My only question is that you said you have pain in the "right abdomen again." Is it pain in the same area, upper right? Or is in on the right side, but... (more)

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by 2626 · about 1 hour ago

Three days ago I switched from a diet with about 200g of carbohydrate a day to 80-100. The macronutrient breakdown is about 20% carb / 25% protein / 55% fat. I've been getting some well-known symptoms: brain fog, short temper, easily fatigued. If... (more)

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MarcPH 0 · March 25, 2013 at 4:28 AM

In my experience you're in what I like to call the carbohydrate zone of No Man's Land. Not low enough for ketosis but not enough to support any significant physical activity. If you're not going low enough to hit a deep ketosis why is your fat... (more)

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by 100 · about 2 hours ago

Hey guys- I just started paleo 4 days ago. I've been eating a lot of meat, eggs, fruit, and nuts, and still trying to find ways to integrate vegetables into my diet every day. Up until I started, I was eating pretty badly but trying to wean... (more)

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Robin_10 0 · January 09, 2013 at 11:25 PM

Didn't bother me at all in the first week. Stay tuned. You might have no withdrawal symptoms, or you might have them later.

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by 0 · about 2 hours 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 · about 2 hours 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 158 · about 2 hours 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 45 · about 2 hours ago

Some people include in their low carb flu symptoms things like swollen glands and worse acne. This sounds like candida die-off. They both involve fatigue and general malaise Are they the same thing? How can you tell if you have one or the... (more)

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Eugenia 0 · April 19, 2012 at 12:51 AM

You can't really tell them apart. On the SCD diet it's called "bacterial die-off", in the candida/GAPS circles it's called "candida die-off", in the Paleo circles it's called "carb flu", and in the keto circles it's called "keto flu". In reality,... (more)

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by 15 · about 2 hours 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 0 · about 2 hours ago

After a couple months off the boat I'm finally pushing through those sugar cravings and getting back to low carb, but this adaption phase is....awful. I've been "Paleo" for about two years, but I'm starting to think I never went through a proper... (more)

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Naomi_Most 0 · April 09, 2012 at 4:36 AM

I'm involved in training high-performance athletes that we push through "keto flu" in preparation for cyclic ketogenic diets designed to have them lean out to make a competition weight without losing any strength (often actually gaining... (more)

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by 323 · about 2 hours 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 · about 2 hours 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 · about 2 hours 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 10 · about 2 hours ago

Hey All - I started Paleo 4 weeks ago... first three feeling amazing. No carb flu, no nothing...I am 150% committed. I felt some pretty drastic changes the first week or so. My energy was blazing, I felt clear headed, and pumped to do this. Now... (more)

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PrimalDanny 0 · February 09, 2012 at 3:03 PM

It's not a complete answer, but yes there has been a drastic shift in hormones. There's a strong tendency to call any negative symptoms 'low-carb flu', just like people do with real flu, but I think that often misses the point. Low-carb flu is a... (more)

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by 123 · about 2 hours ago

Hi everyone, I've been eating a paleo diet (plus heavy cream) for about 6 days now. I am very much in the "low-carb flu" stage at the moment - my previous diet consisting of mainly vegetarian food with lots of grains. I go rock climbing and... (more)

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Mike_Gruber 0 · November 24, 2011 at 6:10 PM

I remember how wasted I was when I went through that. Your body is adapting to a new fuel source right now ... give it a break and take a week or two off the other work you usually give it.

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by 180 · about 3 hours 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 · about 3 hours 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 253 · about 3 hours ago

Hi! It has been almost 9 days since i've started paleo diet. My current goal is to lose weight and enter into ketosis. The main problem so far im facing is fatigue. I'm sleeping 9-11 hours a day, cant concentrate properly. After meal i do get a... (more)

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bittykitty 0 · February 19, 2011 at 10:20 PM

Recovery is a long process.If you broke your hip in a car accident,would you be upset if you couldn't walk perfectly in 9 days?No.Slowly ease off SAD carbs with natural ones(sweet potatoes,potatoes if you can tolerate... (more)

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by 105 · about 3 hours ago

I've been eating low carb/paleo for close to a month now. I started right after I finished my monthly cycle last month. I did have a day or so of "low carb flu" that perked up with potassium supplements. I'm on day three of my first menstrual... (more)

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Louisa 0 · February 19, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Your uterus stores toxins over the month and when you menstruate, you get rid of these toxins. Your 'flu symptoms may simply be a result of these bound toxins becoming liberated. On a SAD diet most women do not feel this 'hit' during menses, but... (more)

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by 0 · about 3 hours 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 5838 · about 3 hours 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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