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32 years old and... hot flashes?

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Updated December 17, 2014 at 3:54 AM
Created September 19, 2012 at 1:04 AM

I often find that I get CRAZY HOT after a meal. Sometimes I get flushed and sweaty, but most often I just get really, really hot without any visible changes. I've mostly ignored these weird hot flashes, but today I had a really intense one and someone actually asked me if I was okay because I was so red. (This was after a lunch of a small portion of chicken breast, bacon, a bunch of roasted broccoli, and a cup of herbal tea.) I searched around on PH and elsewhere but, while I found mentions of this phenomenon, I didn't find any answers. I read theories about how meat releases the most heat compared to other foods, how over-training can lead to hot flashes (what? really?), and about "meat sweats," but it all seems like conjecture. Can anyone point me toward more information on what causes this and whether I should be concerned?

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458 · September 20, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Well, it's good to hear that maybe they'll go away eventually. Thanks!

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458 · September 19, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Hmm. I've read similar "feeling the fat burn" elsewhere. It seems kind of crazy to me, but a lot of paleo seemed crazy to me until I experienced it for myself. Thanks for the feedback.

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505 · September 19, 2012 at 3:01 AM

+1 for the really funny tags on this

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398 · September 19, 2012 at 1:23 AM

I'd love to know the answer to this too...I noticed that I get the sweats after curry or bone broth. I frequently get sweaty for no apparent reason, though, so I never really gave it much thought...

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3221 · September 19, 2012 at 1:19 AM

I'm 38 years old, male and i've been getting hot flashes six months into Primal, it's been 1 year now. Looking forward for some answers

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4266 · September 20, 2012 at 3:10 AM

I got hot flashes for a few months at first. They'd happened in my face or my core or even sometimes just my feet! I'd get them after eating sweet potatoes or a zero-carb breakfast or totally randomly not even after any particular meal. I'd get them just walking down the street or in the middle of the night or just sitting in my office working. I finally figured that it must just be my body thanking me for providing nutrition to it for once. It's been a year now and I don't get them anymore.

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458 · September 20, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Well, it's good to hear that maybe they'll go away eventually. Thanks!

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1003 · September 07, 2013 at 12:44 AM

If you're eating fairly low in carbs, you may be in ketosis. I've heard people mention that this sometimes makes them feel very hot, almost as if they can feel the fat-burning over time.

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458 · September 19, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Hmm. I've read similar "feeling the fat burn" elsewhere. It seems kind of crazy to me, but a lot of paleo seemed crazy to me until I experienced it for myself. Thanks for the feedback.

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75 · September 20, 2012 at 11:27 PM

Like Diane, I use to get the hot flashes but gradually they stopped. I found when they stopped my weight loss stalled. Don't know if the two are related.

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564 · September 20, 2012 at 3:32 AM

I also get pseudo-hot flashes, in addition to a runny nose. This happens during/after dinner, which is usually about 6-8 oz. of grilled chicken/fish/turkey and lots of roasted/sauteed greens. The spiciness and/or actual temperature of the food doesn't matter; happens just about every night. Would also love to know what in the heck is going on here!

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16 · September 20, 2012 at 1:30 AM

I get that after hot tea and spiced foods and my nose is running.... it really is bother

sympathetic nervous system: ppl with erythomania [fear to flush] get sweaty, hot and red after eating after they had surgery for this condition.

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