I've been Paleo about a month. I have been very strict about it and the very few deviations have involved dairy (cheese, organic ice cream), which I don't eat a lot of. After a year of depression, fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, headaches, etc... I was feeling very optimistic to have had several good clear days with some increased energy and almost no anxiety without any medication (something I never thought I could do without), overall less moody. My sleeping problems almost non-existent. I have permanently quit smoking. Point being: I am serious about feeling better.
A few days ago I started feeling low energy, irritable again. Headache for a few days. Sunday night I couldn't sleep, tossed and turned for four hours in the middle of the night. Woke up yesterday morning with an attack of vertigo (BPPV...coincidence?) which I hope to get rid of this week. I'm willing to do anything to feel better and so I got really motivated to go to yoga class, but don't dare with the vertigo...should be able to start in a few days.
My headache is almost gone, but I still feel fuzzy and low energy. I am not waking up as well in the morning as I was for a couple of weeks prior. I don't feel alert in the a.m. like the early part of last week. I am trying higher carb intake now to see if it helps. My history is that of being tired in the morning and very anxious at night. This is nowhere near that level now, but still it's bothersome. I've dropped 20lbs over the last year and am no longer considered overweight (maybe 22-23 BMI). I am 37.
My eating habits now are: coconut oil once a day, plenty of kerrygold butter, nirtite free bacon, 1 cup arugula, kale or baby broccoli, 1/2 to 1 cup blackberries w/ 2tbs heavy cream, lamb or beef, raw salmon or tuna about 2x/week, homemade broth (made with 1 large beef marrow bone, 1 pig's foot and bone-in chicken thighs) 1 to 2 cups daily, uncured salami, small amount of olive oil every so often, 1 cup coffee and 1 cup green tea daily, mushrooms...These foods are pretty much my daily staples. Occassional shellfish. I just started making sure to use iodized sea salt daily.
Supplements: concentrace minerals (mostly for Mg, taken before bed in my broth), coQ10, DHEA (7-keto), Alive multi-vitamin, B12 w/ complex, choline, D (prob. total 7000 or so daily), cod liver oil and fish oil, borage oil (may eliminate?), k2, and sam-e. I'm starting to rotate them and mainly making sure the b12 (morning) and mg (night) are daily.. I'm trying very hard to eliminate the depression.
So my plan moving forward: eliminate foods that may irritate me, including eggs, garlic/onions (seems to cause headache), chocolate, nuts, and keep things just very simple for a month, increase carbs to 75-100g (was around 20 for two weeks, now been up around 50-60 some days with about 50-60g protein) AND excercise at least twice a week to start (I'm beginning the yoga as soon as i'm not dizzy, hopefully this week), working up to 3-5.
Any better suggestion? Especially regarding morning energy levels and thought clarity... I'm seeing some results but am ready to improve, fine-tune, etc... I need some solid, logical goals to focus on so I don't move backward. Impressions of food intake? I think I should add a small version of sisson's big ass salad each day. Just seems like a good idea to me. Also...if my energy levels really dip, should I eat more of something or should I try an IF? My calorie intake feels sufficient (1200 to 1600).