I've been on paleo for two months now. The reason why I started paleo is related to my health issues like mild fatigue and problems with digestion and gut. I have had adrenal fatigue and a little history of hypothyroid but about two months ago my biggest problem was my gut.
Then I decided that enough of digestion problems, I'll go to paleo.
I know I might have something in my thyroid and especially in my adrenals and it is easy for me to blame paleo. But non of these pros&cons existed before my paleo (except mild fatigue and diarrhea) or at least not in so powerful way.
I'd like to hear your comments and opinions. I really want to make this work and I will definately listen to You. I deeply believe in paleo.
Thank You in advance. Best Regards, Perryn
There are a few points I would like to address:
Here are some recommendation for improving sleep:
Sounds like you are doing a lot of things right.
I notice you are taking an iron supplement...too much iron can result in several of your symptoms. You should be getting plenty from the meat already.
Your language skills are fine. :-)
Congratulations on your 1-year anniversary!
It sounds to me like your quality of life is suffering severely and you should take this extremely seriously -- a lot more seriously than any paleo dogma. If I were you I would immediately stop paleo and go back to however I was eating before. Expect that you might feel sick for a few days just from changing your diet abruptly. Then, see if you feel better. That way you can find out right away whether there's something about your current paleo diet that's messing you up, rather than wasting a few more months being miserable while you tweak carbs and obscure supplements.
If you change your diet and your problems go away, then you can gradually reintroduce paleo elements and experiment to find out what's good for you and what's not. If your problems don't go away, you know you have a problem that's not related to paleo, and it's probably time to start seriously looking for help from a doctor.
One possibility is that your 2 months on paleo has helped you to uncover a food intolerance or previously hidden celiac. The most likely intolerance would be gluten or dairy.
Even if you didn't feel worse directly after the cheesecake, it isn't unheard of to feel worse during the intestinal healing phase. And if you are seriously gluten intolerant, you could be exposed to enough to make you slightly ill (fatigue, bowel issues) and affect your mood even without eating any of it. Example - removing buns from hamburgers or using the same old cutting boards that you used to use for bread.
Or it is all an extension of the existing thyroid/adrenal issue. This seems less likely given the full list of symptoms.
Check out this list http://www.southernarizonaceliacsupport.org/disease/symptomchecksheet.pdf for who should test for celiac and perhaps take your symptom list over to www.celiac.com and see what they say. I think you will see some overlap over there.
Also, every now and then, it is a good idea to stop all the supplements for at least 4 days and then add them back in one at a time. It is possible that one or more of them no longer agrees with you in some way. You may need to change brands or formulations.
Most people can drop grains from their diet and handle eating 90/10 or 80/20. But some people can't. Approximately 1 in 141 people and nearly all of them don't know. Latest prevalence stats here - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22850429
I found that drinking a good quality licorice tea (quickly) did amazing things to help my fatigue/adrenals and minimized/killed my sugar cravings. I'd stay away from dairy for at least 6 months, as you are likely to be getting a buzz from the additives, which include MSG in many US brands, and the casein.
You also need to get outside (vit d3 is just sunshine from the inside) and force yourself to get up with the sun and go to sleep when it gets dark. (Get blue blocking glasses and use them religiously to protect your mind from blue lights.) This is hard to do, especially with waking during the night, but your body needs rest to heal.
Food is one piece of the puzzle, the way you live your life is the other.
Try adding plenty of starch to your daily diet. White rice, white potatoes, banana, squashes. I had a year of side effects from low carb before I gave it up, don't be stubborn like me. Different bodies can thrive on quite different diets.