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 noticed that most of the propagandists state that after just a few days, one would feel more energy, less hunger and generally better all around. Unfortunately, that's not what happened to me.
Soon after starting the Paleo diet, I found out that my hunger was substantially increased; my cravings for wheaty bread over the roof; I started having running nose and a crisis of rhinitis; and finally, after I finally banished the last bastion of gluten from my diet early this week, flu-like symptoms including aching muscles, headaches, nausea, bad digestion, hyperthermia and general tiredness. Also, my chronic depression got a tad worse.
Now, it can't be the flu as I'm in mid-summer. Nor a cold, because this would be too strange a cold. I started digging and discovered that people that ditch gluten and/or casein can develop a withdrawal syndrome much akin to opiate withdrawal. In fact, this is quite common in celiac patients. Then, I was curious.
Anyone else who started going Paleo also felt the same? Anyone here experienced gluten withdrawal syndromes? Why so many people are propagandizing a gluten-free diet without first pointing out the road might be long and bumpy?