I haven't been eating as well as I should over the past couple of months. Too much starch, not enough veggies, and too many sweets. This past week my energy levels have been low, my back has been hurting and I've been retaining water like a sumbitch.
Luckily I have a pack of urine test strips at home and when I checked this morning I had a very high amount (500+) of leukocytes, indicating infection. Doc appointment has been scheduled for later on this morning, and this has motivated me to get back on to a stricter Primal diet (during which I had zero kidney problems for nearly 2 years). No more cornbread or sauce with my BBQ, no more dark chocolate from Aldi, no more thin-crust pizza from Domino's once a month.
I've been lazy, and now I feel like crap and am going to have to shell out $40 for a doctor's visit because of it.
What happens to you when you start incorporating too much crap in your diet? Do you see a drastic reaction?
UPDATE: Went to doc, did a urinalysis, no signs of infection or RBC's (wtf?). He's concerned that, given my history, I may have a stone lurking somewhere in my kidneys. Having bi-lateral aching and mild spasming, he's leaving it to me to decide what I want to do. I'm opting for conservative treatment, and will take muscle relaxers as needed, eat right, drink water, and apply heat through the long weekend. If the pain persists, he'll set me up for an ultrasound.
He knows I eat Primal (and is very supportive), and I mentioned that I'd been slacking hard, eating too much crap and not enough veggies. He said that if you're predisposed to these kinds of things (stones, infections, etc), the least little deviation can trigger a recurrence. So, yeah, that sucks lol. I'm calling it "motivation".
Rotisserie chicken, turnip greens and blueberries for lunch. Being a good girl ;)
I've been straying way too much the last few months into crap, bread, chips, etc. due to the influence of a girlfriend. I have been feeling older and creakier thru that same time period, and gained a few LBs. got her moved out last week, now I am back to eating right, even lifted weights last night. I bet i will start to feel much better/younger in the next few weeks. none of it is instant is my point, getting better OR getting worse, it sneaks up over a few months.
After 30 strict days (no grains or dairy), we had a friend in town visiting, celebrated our anniversary, and I had major PMS cravings (which I think were spurred on by the previous events/cheats) all in a little over a week.
I felt pretty okay eating the steak burrito (covered in an amazing cheesy sauce), chips and salsa, other than guilt. Then I woke up the next day and noticed some stomach pains and icky poops, as well as feeling moderately "hung over." Headache, lethargy, foggy, etc.
Two days later, I succumbed to Blue Bell Strawberry ice cream. A generous bowl. Felt high after eating, intense sugar rush, sort of panicky and jittery. Followed by instant headache and just feeling like shit. The next day, I was craving ice cream so bad, I went to the store and bought 3 pints. Ate them all over the course of the day with some beer. Felt like total shit while doing it and the next day. Stomach pains, hung over feeling (not enough beer for that), etc. Bloated tummy throughout all this.
I was surprised by my reaction because I was initially skeptical when starting Paleo for my boyfriend. Am now a Paleo CocoNUT. :-) I've also been losing weight for months and have quite high willpower, the ice cream binge was very very unusual for me. I think it was spurred on by the cheating. Taking away from this...non paleo really messes with me and also leads to intense cravings for crap food. I had wanted to add in some dairy again but am now kind of scared to. Obviously, eating pints of ice cream and restaurant cheese sauce were not the way to try it but the results were pretty bad.
For me, wheat generally results in fogginess, intestinal pain, gas and bloat culminating about 48hrs from ingestion with lovely diarrhea. Small amounts (like a couple of bites of well buttered roll or a beer or two) can sometimes escape unnoticed. Most other things have no immediate effect for me, though I do appear to be sensitive to nightshades too (which sucks 'cause I love them) and these cause intestinal issues within hours for me.
Sustained exposure makes me feel weak, crabby and totally unmotivated. Best described as if I am constantly swimming in jello - it takes tremendous force of will to get moving and do anything and I am pissy with everyone. This generally makes family supportive of me staying away from this stuff...
Hi Nemesis, I hope you are OK? I am also suffering today. I think I have sucumbed to the flu unfortunately. Since going paleo a year ago, this is the first time I have fallen properly ill and I think it is because I have been being naughty in the last month. I've eaten birthday cake, too much chocolate and the odd biscuit here and there at my bf's house. I am pretty sure that the sugar has undermined my health so, like you, I have resolved that cheating is not worth it! I am determined to keep this virus short though and am eating loads of fresh garlic, taking elderberry tincture and elderflower teas. I hope you feel better soon!
Sometimes I feel great, filled with joy and loads of energy for days. Sometimes the same food gives me a big shot of energy and quickly after shoots me down.
The past two days I had some cheats (400g chocolate, 350g pancakes, two eclairs and some bread) and I actually feel better than when eating Paleo (doesn't mean it IS better). Maybe it's the endorphine/carb rush? My lowered stress? Higher vitamin D levels? Better gut health? Carb refeed due to lack of carbs in my usual diet?
I'm actually waiting now for my face to break out. Normally this would have happened already and maybe it won't this time. But what I do know from the past is that a couple of extra days eating this crap will surely result in feeling like crap. It can start differently but always ends the same way.
Sometimes I can get away with small amounts of bready stuff & grains, but then it leads to larger amounts and that's bad news. Tummy trouble galore, puffiness, etc.
In general, when I stick to a diet primarily of good meats, good fats, fresh herbs from the garden, and pastured dairy (butter, cheese and cream), etc., I feel and look much better.
However, I have noticed that I do not suffer from occasional "non-paleo" foods such as baked goods if I have them once in awhile, and only in the morning right after a good breakfast (as a "dessert"). Anything I eat in the morning seems to be burned off completely by the afternoon, thanks to bike commutes or other necessary activities of the day.
Eating those same types of things near the end of the day, however, can cause a great deal of gastrointestinal distress and even a lack of sleep.
Has anyone else noticed this? I've decided that my occasional (quality) pizza slice or doughnut will be in the morning after eating a full breakfast of meat or eggs and some fats.
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