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by 2318 · about 9 hours ago

Quick question, Is it the same (as far as the body is concerned) to carb load the night before a hard, fasted workout in the morning with fruit (I've been tending towards eating a lot of grapes, berries, melon) as opposed to starches... (more)

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TheGastronomer 0 · October 27, 2014 at 1:24 PM

The whole point of carb-backloading is to do it with glucose or starch which is essentially chains of glucose, not fructose. Since glucose will elicit an insulin response, in order to shuttle glucose and amino acids into the cells, it is... (more)

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by 0 · about 9 hours ago

I know that there are a lot of you who workout in the morning in a fasted state, and I have also been doing that for the last few years however, I have just discovered that I have very low cortisol upon rising (when it should be the opposite)... (more)

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mko 0 · April 12, 2014 at 10:17 PM

I usually eat a hard boiled egg in the morning before a workout. I boil a couple in advance so I can have a quick and easy snack i n the morning. It may work for you!

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by 0 · about 9 hours ago

Hi, I am eating Paleo (almost entirely pure, some bad carbs, no gluten) and I have had a tendency lately to wake up feeling really depressed and with anxiety about a lot of things I worry about. This feeling remains until I eat my breakfast... (more)

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wtfgod 0 · October 15, 2013 at 4:52 PM

i believe the theory is that your body peaks cotrisol production in the morning to raise your blood pressure, so you can go from a horizontal to a vertical state without passing out. ive seen some people suggest that you can mitigate your... (more)

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by 813 · about 9 hours ago

Before noon all I want to do is eat tons and tons of sugary crap. After noon I'm the very epitome of a mountain of will power. What gives? If I work out in the morning I gain a bit of will power for about an hour.

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haley12 0 · August 28, 2013 at 11:55 PM

Wow that is super unusual! I am the exact opposite, which makes sense because your willpower should wear down throughout the day... But you could try eating a very satiating and good breakfast and then immediately leaving the house. You can't... (more)

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by 35 · about 9 hours ago

Working on a new breakfast meal plan, wondered what foods I should try to include. Any help would be appreciated. Cas

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Andy_16 0 · July 22, 2013 at 11:03 PM

Here is what I eat: 1.) I start with some ground meat (usually pork). Flavor it with spices of choice. Ginger sage is good. 2.) I shred, or cut into small thin pieces sweet potato yam, or plantain and make a hash of them in the frying pan with... (more)

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by 10 · about 9 hours ago

Hi all so I have been doing IF for about a week or two and love it. I have decided to start carb back-loading as well. I usually train (crossfit 5-6 days a week) in the morning and as I understand it that's not the optimal time if you are doing... (more)

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by 1241 · about 9 hours ago

Is drinking a lot of water first thing in the morning healthy? Is there any science that supports doing it? Seems to me like drinking something like a quart of water would severely dilute stomach acid.

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Kit_Peters 0 · January 11, 2013 at 3:18 PM

If you're thirsty in the morning, drink some water. If you're still thirsty, drink some more. Most likely, you'll have to pee after a while. This is normal, and you should pee when you get the chance. If you get thirsty again, drink some more... (more)

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by 208 · about 9 hours ago

first, I have been scouring PH for previous posts, none seem to address my question or they made me have new questions. This is my second day of monitoring BG. I am a non-diabetic, overweight female. I have also slipped significantly in my... (more)

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MathGirl72 0 · December 08, 2012 at 6:57 PM

No, it isn't unusual to have your fasting BG be the highest, especially when eating low-carb. Research "dawn phenomenon;" your liver prepares you for waking and can cause a spike.

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by 10 · about 9 hours ago

Hi fellow paleoites :) I started Paleo a few months ago because I was fed up with my 1400 calorie a day diet full of "healthy" whole grains and low fat dairy. I didn't feel too great, and was not seeing the results I was hoping for. I found out... (more)

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Sarah_14 0 · December 03, 2012 at 10:09 PM

There are a lot of different approaches to this. Some women forged ahead and claimed that their "perfect paleo" diet is what cured their morning sickness. Some other women would be critical of you if you diverged from the diet for a bit to get... (more)

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by 1195 · about 9 hours ago

So I just tried something a little crazy and it worked! We all know that we are supposed to include grass-fed liver in our diet except some people, like me, find it too disgusting to eat in the usual ways. Yesterday after picking some up from my... (more)

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Monte 0 · September 29, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Disgustingly Brilliant!

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by 85 · about 9 hours ago

Hey Hackers! I've been hearing about Kiefer and his carb-backloading. It makes sense and I'm interested in trying it out. However, I can't train in the afternoon/night due to work so I train in the mornings. I heard that there is a morning... (more)

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KA24 0 · September 01, 2012 at 1:10 AM

Listen to Robb Wolf's latest podcast, #147. They address this question directly. Here is the transcript if you don't want to download it. It's a long discussion, like 12 minutes, so it's worth the listen. They address your exact question... (more)

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by 50 · about 9 hours ago

First thing in the morning when you wake up ? or not , pros and cons ? thanks

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CD 0 · August 29, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Breakfast, or quite literally, "the breaking of the fast" should be eaten once you are hungry. Your fast will be broken whenever you eat. That being said, here are a couple of scenarios where you should break regardless of your hunger level: 1)... (more)

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by 150 · about 9 hours ago

Just concluded a 90 day monitoring of my blood sugar. Sampled 3x a day: Morning (dawn) FBS (average: 90) 2 hours after lunch (average: 85) Bedtime (average: 81, 79 when I throw out a 'couple benders, but even a whole bottle of wine can't get my... (more)

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Nasty_Brutish_and_Short 0 · August 11, 2012 at 4:58 AM

You don't have Dawn phenomenon, your blood sugars are completely normal. Blood glucose spikes due to the Dawn phenomenon are perhaps an order of magnitude higher than what you're experiencing. As to your question about higher morning blood... (more)

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by 438 · about 9 hours ago

I have heard that the body has a natural detox mechanism that runs from about 4am to 10am, and that this detox process is disturbed when breakfast is taken before 10am. Is anyone aware of actual research that backs this up? I mean, I'm sure the... (more)

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Happy_Now 0 · August 20, 2012 at 2:42 AM

I heard another take on this recently, that actually encouraged eating pretty close to waking when bile production/digestive juices/liver function i.e. detoxing is at its peak so as to mobilize those juices and keep the pancreas working well. The... (more)

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by 5 · about 9 hours ago

Hello, friendly people of PaleoHacksVille. Last week I started doing a lot of reading on paleo and primal nutrition, and 6 days ago, I cut out all grains, dairy, sugar and legumes out of my diet. I subsist mainly on meat and vegetables and have... (more)

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Vivian__1 0 · May 15, 2012 at 1:26 AM

Low carbing messes with your thyroid and serotonin levels...you can hack it by making sure to eat starch before you go to bed...just a little and experiment with the least amount you need. I do well with sweet potatoes, carrots, low glycemic... (more)

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by 1720 · about 9 hours ago

Morning, Day, or Night shower? Is one better than the other? What are your thoughts? What do you do and why? I'm curious.

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No_more_ 0 · April 24, 2012 at 4:24 AM

It is better to take hot showers in the morning as heat is stimulating and may keep you up if you shower too close to bed time. I often do some contrast hydro therapy before bed to promote relaxation. This involves alternating hot and cold... (more)

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by 2565 · about 9 hours ago

I just read an article http://www.naturalnews.com/034519_meal_planning_digestion_immunity.html#ixzz1i3BxWYgn suggesting that humans evolved to eat our biggest meals in the evening or night because our ancestors were very active during the day and... (more)

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Jeff__1 0 · January 02, 2012 at 9:18 PM

One thing to consider is that presumably hunter-gatherers were not leptin resistant. Part of the success with the leptin Rx may come from resetting diurnal leptin patterns that have become out of whack on a diet of processed foods, etc. This is... (more)

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by 253 · about 10 hours ago

First, a little background. I'm a pretty fit person, 24 yrs old, 6' tall 185 lbs I don't know exactly what my body fat is but I would guess somewhere in the 8-12% range. My problem is trying to use my diet to maximize energy levels. Due to my job... (more)

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Jamie_2 0 · November 05, 2011 at 1:03 PM

I know that I've read that Chris Masterjohn (the daily lipid blog) has stated that carbs before bed help him sleep. There's also a book called "Lights Out" that I believe recommends a spoonful of raw honey before bed to help with sleep. I WISH I... (more)

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by 260 · about 10 hours ago

Since pretty much birth, I've been a night owl - and hated getting up in the mornings. Since going paleo early this summer I have been feeling so much better - all around. Better skin, less bloating, better digestion, better mood, a tiny bit of... (more)

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Beck_1 0 · September 27, 2011 at 8:10 PM

I was exactly the same...until I started getting meticulous about light exposure. A friend sent me this article on how to become a morning person and it seriously changed my life. I installed f.lux (a free program that shifts your computer monitor... (more)

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by 422 · about 10 hours ago

Heya, I've been on the Paleo diet for about 3 weeks now (started the day after Thanksgiving, haw) and I'm noticing that in the morning, my stomach is really acidy! I had my gallbladder out 6 years ago, and had IBS ever since. That's cleared up a... (more)

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Lurene_Grenier 0 · December 15, 2010 at 6:06 PM

If you're used to eating at a certain time and you don't, you'll get this issue - your stomach is gearing up to digest food it doesn't get. Apart from this the real solution is more vegetables, however you can test this pretty easily. Go get... (more)

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by 5768 · about 10 hours ago

I have successfully been able to go to bed earlier at get 7.5-8 hours of sleep in as dark of a room as possible, however, I keep waking up about an hour or 2 before I am supposed to and need to use the bathroom BAD! I eat dinner around 630 with a... (more)

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Bethany_1 0 · December 03, 2010 at 3:49 PM

I had this happening and it turned out my bladder wasn't emptying fully. I also had some dribbling at night (a 25 year old female). I had to go to the ER a few times to get a catheter to drain everything. Urologist and neurologists had no idea why... (more)

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by 24523 · about 10 hours ago

What is your morning routine? Does it involve paleo components? And...do you get enough sleep to do get a good routine going?

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Paul_1 0 · October 08, 2010 at 9:05 PM

As soon as I realized that looking at a computer screen at night disturbs my sleep like nothing else I also realized that looking at one in the morning will wake me the heck up. So I usually reach for the laptop first thing on waking up -- and,... (more)

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by 0 · October 30, 2014 at 5:10 AM

Hi everyone, I was just wondering what you guys do in the morning for breakfast if you have a routine...? I've always wondered what people do...I'm always being told different things like eat an hour within waking or eat small meals during the... (more)

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DawnseyDoll 0 · June 16, 2014 at 8:26 PM

I eat small amounts every few hours, so I actually eat about 8 times a day. This is what works for me. I have some fruit and an egg.

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by 2904 · October 30, 2014 at 4:35 AM

Generally, I have a ritual when I wake up. I try to adhere to it as regularly as possible. First thing when I wake up I drink 2 tall glasses of water (4 cups, so about 32oz of water.) While I'm sipping on the water, I'll meditate or screw around... (more)

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Angelina 0 · January 10, 2013 at 5:33 PM

I wake up with thoughts of gratitude for another day. I spoke to someone on the phone who is retiring on January 18 after 42 years of doing the same job (I called to get clarity on a bill and he is the person who helped with that.) He said he... (more)

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by 55 · October 30, 2014 at 4:11 AM

Does anyone do AM workouts here? Do you do them straight out of bed? What do you use as a warm up routine? I was thinking of doing kettlebell circuits in the am.

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Dirk_Jan 0 · June 04, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Yeah, love AM-workouts! Pretty much the only time I'll do a workout... I hop out of bed (7-8AM), take a shower, get some BCAA's and hit it. Warmup depends on the workout. If it's strength, I'll warm-up with the specific movement but higher reps... (more)

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