I am a 21 year old female who is treating Crohn's disease and gastroparesis with the Paleo diet to great success. The gastroparesis is a side effect of an allergic reaction to Humira, not diabetes related.
I am an athlete who spins, road bikes, and lifts to stay in shape. My cycling endeavors are around an hour, and my lifting some body weight stuff combined with kettleballs I took from my college ski team workout. I try to do these things 5x/week. I sleep pretty well, am cutting back on coffee to one cup a day, and don't have too much outside stress at the moment. My question is this: Why does my energy die and my head feel like it's going to explode when I attempt LC/VLC?
Because of the Crohn's, I keep my diet pretty simple and stick with grass-fed beef, wild caught fish, coconut oil, ghee, and leafy greens. Much else leaves me in a lot of pain. I eat carrots and sweet potatoes as my main sources of carbs, on workout days usually around 200g. On regular days more like 50-70g.
I am 5'5, 130 lbs. and really wanted to try ketosis to see if it offered any benefits to my Crohn's, and also to kick the 5 lbs I put on during my last semester of college. Stress + too much wine + no exercise = weight gain.
Everytime I get into ketosis (never used ketostix, but have the metal breath, strong smelling pee, all that jazz) it totally kicks my ass. I mean can't focus through the pain in my head. I have been able to do this for a couple of days at a time, struggling the whole way, but just end up feeling terrible. Also, the really high amount of fat causes pain in my small intestine, as that is where fat is digested and also where my Crohn's is concentrated.
After reading all of the banter on the site recently about low carb Paleo v. moderate carb Paleo, I feel like I am missing out on some of the benefits of the diet by having to eat so many carbs. I want to be keto-adapted! Why is my body so resistant? Is having the disease + being low carb just too much stress?