For the first 2 months of paleo I had a lot of energy and felt pretty good. My workouts were amazing & I was able to gain a lot of muscle without gaining weight. But recently (about the last 3 weeks I've been feeling tired and lethargic. About 3 weeks ago (when It was cool outside) I was very cold & kind of depressed. It was about 50 degrees out but my hands were as cold as ice & my nose was cold & red as well.
Now my workout recoveries don't seem to be as quick and I seem to be losing some of my thunder. I'm debating on maybe bringing rice, beans, lentils, and maybe oatmeal back into my diet to see if that helps?
I read on some guys online blog that the paleo diet often has a "honeymoon" period of 3-12 months and then it goes downhill from there. http://180degreehealth.com/tag/paleo-diet-dangers
"At first this can feel amazing – giving you tireless energy, blunting appetite, and burning up body fat. But over time the wear and tear on the adrenal glands to produce this increased demand for stress hormones catches up with you."-(180 degreehealth.com)...i feel like this explains how I'm feeling exactly...
I've been doing this for nigh onto 3 years now. Had some ups and downs (which were expected, because I'm middle aged and dealing with a genetic disorder that has remissions and relapses)... however, I've made pretty steady improvement for all three years, including improvements in strength, endurance, and overall health.
One thing that isn't made very clear in some of the literature is the need to 'tweak' your diet. You might want to consider adding things like winter squash, sweet potatoes, bananas, and fruit to your diet. You might also want to consider adding yogurt, cheese, etc.,
You may need more calories than your getting -- or a different combination of foods. You may find that sprouted grains are a good thing for you (I wouldn't touch unsprouted grains now, period)... the point is, it's not Paleo that's the issue -- it's the reality that this ISN'T a diet -- it's a life-long journey towards health, that may need some fidgeting and fussing to get it suited to your individual composition, activity, and general nature.
Intuitively add some amount of carbs (for me, this is about 50g/day).
I have been through this cycle about 3-4 times in the past two years. I have experienced these exact symptoms. Every time, when I started eating some berries/rice, all of the symptoms resolved.
Ryan, that happened to me too and I know exactly what you are talking about. Before I did not know what was going on, but now - okay, I cannot say it is 100% true, but it is my scientifically based guess - I think I understand why. I also have a wide range of other autoimmune and digestive problems, so my situation is even more complicated.
I am going to make a list of statements, and if you agree with every one of them, it means that could be your issue. I would appreciate your feedback on it:
You do not eat salmon (fatty parts) at least three times per week.
You do not eat cooked (steamed) kale and other steamed leafy greens like beet greens, collard greens with every single meal (NOT LETTUCE!!!).
You do not eat mushrooms, beets, purple onions, garlic, ginger, red cabbage every single day.
You do not eat bitter vegetables (like chicory (not the root, the real plant), fennel).
You do not eat a wide variety of cabbages and radishes every single day.
You do not eat safe starches like squashes, pumpkins and sweet potatoes every single day.
You do not vary your starches.
You do not have bone broth at least three times per week.
There is not enough a variety of fat in your diet (fatty fish, animal fat, Kerrygold butter) - whichever works for you.
You do not eat enough berries (try a different berry with each meal). Fruits are optional in my experience.
You do not eat a variety of seaweed/sea vegetables on a daily basis.
You do not get enough organ meats in your diet.
Am I correct?
If you have answered "yes", this is your answer. Your micro nutritional needs are not being met.
Oh, and, of course, I highly recommend herbs (I am a proud herb addict).
Yeah, I'd say it's probably the lack of carbs. For me, very low carb translated into very bad insomnia (otherwise I felt fine, though). I've gone from about 20g of carbs a day to 150 - sweet potatoes, apples, banana, etc. I'm sleeping much, much better. My weight has stayed the same, as I kept my caloric intake about the same. Particularly if you work out a lot (as I do), I think more carbs would be helpful.
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