I will be honest with you - I am against eating low carb in a long run and do not think it is sustainable and healthy. However, in order to deal with my digestive problems that keep bothering me (even my herbal doctor does not know what to say) I have decided to try very low carb. I am not at zero carb, but I might consider doing it in the future.
For the first three days I was extremely irritable, angry, had to give up probiotics (they were bothering my stomach), and had flue-like symptoms. Not a pretty picture. I was sleeping for most of the day, and did not have the energy to do anything.
The symptoms are somewhat similar to a drug withdrawal - constant shivering from being cold all the time, fatigue, muscle weakness, etc. Considering the fact that I was never under any influence (I don't even drink coffee or tea, just plain water for the last seven years) and did not have a flue/cold in the last three years, it was a very interesting experience.
I also developed a white coating on my tongue. Maybe I do have all this harmful bacteria after all?
Little by little I have started feeling a bit better and this morning I am feeling even better, although not 100%. I am not hungry. No sugar cravings. I still have my digestive issues, but I feel a bit better.
One interesting thing I have noticed - even though I have gained some weight on VLC, my stomach is noticeably flatter.
I am planning to stay VLC for not more than one month and then go for modified GAPs (I am almost GAPS now).
- How long can I be VLC without any negative consequences to my health?
- Is there any research out there on VLC diets?
- What is your experience with VLC, both positive and negative?
- Any general advice?
Thanks in advance.