First off, I have been Paleo for over a year now. I've realized when I am too low carb I get very irritable and moody.
Normally I am a very energetic and fun person but when I cut the carbs I can get miserable. I thought I was eating enough fat but I may be wrong.
It isn't withdrawal or anything. Please don't say it is my body getting used to it. I have been Paleo for a long time now. I guess its not a one size fits all plan.
Recently I started eating fruit occasionally and upped the veggies and I'm feeling much better, using more butter too.
Anyone else have similiar experiences or thoughts? Is it the fat or the carbs? Whats my problem? I am already very lean, and I can eat whatever and not gain weight so thats not anything to worry about. Should I just eat more fat or more carbs?
I just gotta say: how many people have to come on this site complaining of being miserable from low-carb before we stop making low-carb the default prescription? I realize a lot of us have moved away from that a long time ago, but the paleo most people encounter is still low-carb. Mark Sisson is still all the way there, Robb Wolf seems to endorse some carb consumption, but the recipes in his book don't contain a single starch, and a lot of other popular sites for recipes like Everyday Paleo that are the same.
The answer is simple: eat carbs. They are not bad for you.
I think you answered your question yourself:
Keep on experimenting. If you're not happy change something (and you did that). Some people do better on lower carbs, some people do best on moderate to high carbs (lots of potato w/ butter harhar) ...
Anyways, you'll pobably get many different answers – game on ...
I think you've sorted the answer on your own, too.
Classic bodybuilding thinking: the fitter you are the more carbs you can eat.
Very straight forward. I'd still prolly say that fat people will lose weight very effectively, at least for a time, on LC but for fit people it makes no sense to do low-carb while eating paleo.
I at the beginning did it too, cuz i read Sisson's book early. I did it for over six months so i was thoroughly keto-adapted as they say. Continued lifting and BJJ during that time, too. But i never felt that pep in the step, the extra oomph. Always felt...flat.
Now i eat between 200-250 grams of carb (all paleo, yes) per day, throughout the day, and feel kickass all the time.
Carbs' effect on mood is substantial and, I feel, underappreciated.
Low carb just isn't good or even healthy for some people. This goes double IMO for naturally thin/lean people. Like you, and me. Diets are not one fits all.
When I was in ketosis/ate low in carbs I felt foggy and mentally out of it a lot (I have ADD-PI so anything that makes me less present is bad!), it triggered my natural tendency towards depression, and I was often insatiably hungry no matter how I stuffed myself with fat, protein and roughage. There were some good things about it (I had zero menstrual cramps for the first time in my life VLC, and I had an easier time waking in the morning which is often hard for me) but not enough to justify the fact that I just didn't feel good a lot.
I hereby give you permission to EAT STARCH! It's not bad for you! There are plenty of harmless/'paleo' (most hunter-gatherers eat tubers) sources like white rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes and other tubers - Asian markets usually have an awesome variety of tubers and root veg.
I eat 100-200g of carbs from tubers, white rice, fruit and veg, and even some chocolate and ice cream, every day, and I feel and look (gained some weight) the better for it.
You are already lean, so I would try increasing the veggies and fruit ingestion. You could also try carbs rotations on 3 or 4 days cycle (adding fruits and tubers after training for example, increasing carbs "income" the first 1-2 days and dropping them the following days) as it's proven to work well and as far as I know (anthropology phd student) it could resemble the feeding patrons our ancestors used to. Remember that "the low carb-high fat" paradigm is fading way from the Paleo concept. Good luck, and hope to hear about your progress.
I eat pretty low-carb Paleo. No fructose aside from an occasional cheat. Maybe some starch post workout, but not too often. I notice sometimes my mood will change especially after spending hours at school/library.
What works for me:
Eating Dark Chocolate or making some hot chocolate using unsweetened cocoa powder (with water and some coconut milk). Cocoa contains theobromine and tryptophan. Tryptophan affects serotonin, which diminishes anxiety. With dark chocolate a little will go a long way. You can get Lindt 85% Dark, freeze it and then eat a couple squares with some tea. Hot cocoa is nice cause it will make you feel warm and fuzzy.
Taking some vitamin D or just going out in the sun for a bit. Just o for a walk and soak up some sun.
Taking some R-Alpha Lipoic Acid and maybe some Pantethene (500mg ish) in the morning.
Hope that helps!
Try experimenting with carb cycling. I go 2, 3, 4 days on very low carb then have a day with some sweet potatoes thrown into the mix, something like that. I don't have a rigid carb schedule. See what works for you.