Hi all, I'm new to paleo (my 5th day, after afew days adjusting to low carbs).
Had a late breakfast, quite more than I'm used to, and after that I felt a minor headache beggining and a light dizziness. It passed an hour or so later. It's not the first time it happened to me after starting paleo. Is it normal ? Am I suffering the symptoms of carbs rehab?
More info: I ate some roman lettuce with aurogula and lemon, 2 boiled eggs, a whole avocado and some leftovers of cooked vegs such sweet potato, cauliflower, carrot. It might be that I'm eating too much for one sitting? it may be because I'm afraid to get hungry after a short while, which happened before.
I'm not doing it to loose weight, just to get healthier, in fact I hope to gain mass as I'm too skinny.
If you have lowered your carb intake significantly, this can lead to the symptoms you are describing: light-headed, headache - also fatigue is common.
You are welcome to do low carb paleo, but paleo is about food quality, not macronutrient levels. IMHO, low carb is primarily for people with metabolic damage and/or need to lose substantial weight. Ketogenic diets are useful for certain brain dysfunction diseases such as epilepsy. If you are healthy and normal or under weight, a more moderate carb approach with some sweet potato/yams (or even white potato/white rice) or some fruit should work well and alleviate the above symptoms.
Even if you decide to stay low carb (say 50 or less grams per day), easing in to it will help to manage the switch with much less pain.
You say you want to gain, so more carbs would tend to be helpful in this regard. Probably in the 100g/day range. If you are active (working out a fair bit), you may need upwards of 150g/day. It's tough to gain without some carbs - just keep it to good food quality or "safe starches" and don't fall into sugary crap and you'll see good progress!
Salt could also be the issue, as noted above. If you are peeing a lot (losing water) - you are also losing minerals like sodium and potassium - so look to replenish those for a few days (until the water loss from glycogen depletion stops).
It looks to me like you need to up your fats and proteins. Adding some sausage or bacon to that meal would likely give you more energy, and keep you satisfied for a longer period of time. And add fat to everything!
I had persistent problems while eating low-carb paleo (for about 6 months) with headaches, migraines, dizziness, mental 'fuzziness', and stuttering. I no longer eat very low carb, although I suppose I am using fat and protein as my main fuel for a good part of nearly every day (I get up between 6-8 and usually eat no/negligible carbs before 2pm - but I get 100-200g in before bedtime!)
Like you I am skinny and would like to gain, starch is pretty much essential if this is your goal and IMO there is no benefit to low carb diets for metabolically normal people. Tubers, roots and fruits are 'paleo' carb sources.
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