Low Carb Flu

Low Carb Flu

Low Carb Flu Questions

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by 0 · about 9 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 9 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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by 0 · about 9 hours ago

So after 8 days on strict paleo I am having a pretty bad carb crash. I wouldn't think much of it and just push through but I have exams coming up in a week and am afraid it's going to affect my studying and test taking. The carb crash started tree... (more)

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O_Siodhachain 0 · June 10, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Eating strict paleo doesn't mean eating low carb. Get lots of tubers and starchy veggies and you can easily get your carbs up to a level you can deal with. 1 cup sweet potato = 40 grams, remember :)

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by 161 · about 9 hours ago

I have been trying to shed some pounds of fat, switched up my diet to a more VLC type diet. Anyways cycling performance and hockey performance and sleep has all been great. I got up today, had a bit of green tea and when I tried to do my... (more)

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Michael_1 0 · June 08, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Sounds like you need to up your post-workout carbs. At least give it a shot and see if it helps.

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by 105 · about 9 hours 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 18 · about 9 hours ago

I am on day 8 of paleo. My first 5-6 days were pretty easy, no cravings, headaches, etc. But yesterday and today, I've felt pretty tired as if I didn't get enough sleep. Granted, I am use to getting around 6-7 hours of sleep, and felt tired most... (more)

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by 60 · about 10 hours 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 10 · about 10 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 5381 · about 10 hours 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 45 · about 10 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 10 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 323 · about 10 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 10 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 10 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 1720 · about 10 hours 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 10 · about 10 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 165 · about 10 hours 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 123 · about 10 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 10 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 10 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 788 · about 11 hours 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 105 · about 11 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 11 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 39841 · about 11 hours 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 11 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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