Hello Paleohacks community! I'm new here, but have been having feeling terrible in the mornings, like I'm hungover! Sometimes throughout the entire day I feel like I'm on drugs, though I'm not! I follow the Paleo diet faithfully, but can't seem feel 100%. I'm not looking for answers, but rather other people who have the same problem and see what they're doing about it. :)
What is the typical timing/content of your meals? Both can make quite a difference. Also, how long is it since you started your lifestyle changes? Most people have a "low carb" flu at times during the early weeks while the gut flora and hormones, enzymes, etc., adjust to radical changes in food content.
If you were using a lot of caffeine and stopped, that would take a while to stop affecting how you feel.
I'm assuming you made a lot of changes in what you're eating, and it's possible you accidentally started eating something that doesn't agree with you. Try eating a small number of trusted foods for a few days and see if you feel better, then add a food every few days to find the culprit.
things that make me feel like that:
How much water are you drinking each day? Hangovers are mainly due to dehydration via the diruetic effect of alcohol. I've found that as long as I alternate one glass of water for every alcoholic drink I have (which isn't many) I have zero hangover the next day.
Do you feel better after you leave your house, and worse after spending a lot of time there? Did it worsen after the cold weather started (if you have cold weather)? Have you ruled out a natural gas leak or carbon monoxide from an improperly functioning furnace, water heater, etc.? A low level of chronic exposure could feel something like a hangover and might naturally feel worse in the morning after many hours of constant exposure. There may be other environmental factors. It might be worth at least making sure. I was having a similar problem and traced it to exposure to a theatrical hazer to which I was exposed 4 nights a week in a production in which I was playing.
I felt the same way in the first few weeks of eating Paleo. It's most likely your body switching to a ketogenic metabolic state. I felt very foggy and bleary upon waking, and was very worried that it would persist. It did not.
The main things, as others have mentioned are meal timing, and water intake. I found that drinking more water during my VLC/ZC phase helped ease the transition, and skipping breakfast made all the difference in the world.
I also still sometimes feel this way if I eat too much sugar the night before, or if I've been lackadaisical on my Mg supplementation. Re-implementing it makes me groggy for some reason.
Henry, have you figured out a reason for this? I get the same thing and I can't find a dietary correlation. I'd actually say mine is worse than a "real" hangover, so if I've been drinking I feel better a couple hours after waking up. This phenomenon seems to knock me over for an entire day or longer.
Sometimes it happens after I don't get a lot of sleep, but other times it seems more out of the blue so I don't feel like I can blame it on a lack of sleep (at least not completely).
Did you change anything and notice any improvements? I'd love to hear a follow up! 8)
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