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8/2/11 12:05 A

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I have not had any withdrawal type symptoms. I feel so much better eating paleo! My debilitating fatigue and overall pain has gone from an '8' to an average of '2' (1-10 scale).

For the first time in years my menses has not put me in bed on the first day of the cycle, or left me feeling like I was to weak work. May be due to the increase in natural iron and omegas! emoticon emoticon

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7/30/11 4:03 P

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What is coconut "creamer"? Is it a ready-made packaged product? I prepare coconut cream from Native Forrest coconut milk by simply pouring off some of the liquid and whipping the rest quickly with a wire whisk. Makes a yummy whipped cream like thing that is great in tea and I'm soon to try it in coffee.

Hey, thanks to the person who suggested infusing coffee overnight in the fridge--I'm going to try that one for sure!

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7/30/11 1:47 P

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Interesting thread....the only withdrawal "pain" I've had is no salt.....but I'm finding my way around it. I've been totally 100% Paleo now for almost a week, after a couple months with no grain except rice, no starchy veggies, no dairy except for goat dairy, no meats except buffalo, poultry and seafood, no sugars or sweeteners, no sweet fruit such as tangerines or raspberries which I love, all because of recently discovered allergies. Now THAT was a steep learning curve, but I stuck with it. So adopting Paleo was not that big of a leap.

BUT before Paleo my pH was way too acid, and acid causes inflammation, and I was certainly having problems with pain, so in THE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO LOW GLYCEMIC WEIGHT LOSS I read that the Paleo diet was the best and healthiest one out there and decided to try it. My biggest challenge is reaching 1000-1200 calories a day. I just can't eat that much food given the limitations. I bought THE PALEO DIET which apparently is stricter than some of you are following, plus I'm still omitting my "allergergenic" foods until the doc tests me again next week...and I'm hoping to get an okay on carrots and acorn squash and more fruits. I found that buffalo meat is as tasty as beef, which is good since I can't have beef.

Since starting this diet my pH has risen to an almost normal level YAY, and the strangest thing is that my urine is clear - not yellow - in the morning. Another plus, our food expenses have dropped so they are only 82% of what they were (expect they'll drop even more), and my husband still eats the way he always has, just adds his salt at the table and all his noshing remains the same. Also, we've switched to all organic, or as much as humanly possible in today's world.

And boy, do I feel better!!!! So that's a great motivator! BTW, Trader Joe's has a wonderful organic cranberry green tea....doesn't even need sweeteners.

Hey everyone, hang in there....and good luck ;-)

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7/28/11 4:11 P

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I didn't really have any withdrawal other than I was grouchy about not being able to have ice cream, ha ha ha ha ha. Although honestly, I'd been "dieting" for so long that most of the things Paleo/Primal excludes were already out of my diet.

But heck, if we're going to talk about women's symptoms, my first month of primal my period was TWO weeks late. Talk about stress!! ha ha ha ha ha.

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6/23/11 1:01 P

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Wow, I don't recall having any symptoms when I first started eating Paleo, so maybe I wasn't eating as much bad carbs as I thought, or eating enough fruit to counteract issues. I was faithful about getting in my ~30% of calories as carbs. The Spark Tracker really helped with this! Actually, I noticed (1) no hunger (2) no bloating (3) wonderful reduction in skin itchiness (dry skin?). All are such powerful motivators! and after several days my sleep has improved 100%. Not that I thought I was sleeping badly, but I'd wake up slowly - kind of groggy and slow to want to move. Now I'm waking up before the alarm and felling READY to get up!
However, with all that, I too have the coffee issue! I use sugar free french vanilla non dairy creamer and as I finish up the bottle am wondering what to try, so this thread was very timely for me. Thank you for the suggestion of coconut milk! I will definitely give that a try. And the idea for iced coffee also sounds fantastic, especially when (if?) the summer arrives here in UP Michigan. (Highs in the 50's this week, YUCK!)
Thanks for the great posts!

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6/22/11 12:58 P

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I like to add coconut milk to my coffee in the winter and sometimes a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg. This summer though, I've been making a cold brew. I measure the coffee out in a mason jar, fill it with water, let is sit overnight in the fridge, and filter out the grounds. It makes a wonderful iced coffee drink--No bitterness or rancidity at all, so unlike regular hot brewed coffee I can drink it straight. I've read some people even freeze some of it in ice trays so they can have their iced coffee without it being diluted.

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6/21/11 1:14 P

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You're welcome!

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6/21/11 12:46 P

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Thank you Cindy, I've taken your advice in using the plain coconut creamer. Drinking coffee hasn't been as fun, and I've been having less of it.

I got on the scale yesterday morning and I'm down a few pounds, but it's showing more on how different my clothes fit. What's awesome is that my energy levels are up, no bloating, no cramps, my mood and sleep has improved. I'm convinced Paleo works, it seems to be working for me and I'm ecstatic. Downfall my cravings are still there, so I'm still fighting my gremlins.

Thanks once again Cindy.
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6/17/11 9:20 P

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For the coffee, wean yourself to the plain coconut creamer and use some stevia if you have to at first. I went from syrupy sweet to plain when I went on Atkins years ago. Now I really don't like sweet coffee much. I also quit it for the most part because it messes up my stomach...but when I do have it I do plain coconut creamer or almod milk.

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6/17/11 11:47 A

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This is wonderful emoticon Thank you all for posting your experiences.

No more headaches as of yesterday.

I have to say the one thing I love about Paleo is the lack of bloat I'm now experiencing.

I'm definitely still having a difficult time with sweets. I can't seem to kick off from my daily cup of Joe. The issue is the amount of creamer (sugar) I use. I've been using So Delicious French Vanilla Coconut Milk Creamer but it has 4 grams of organic dried cane syrup per Tbsp. I use about 4 - 6 tablespoons. I even eat my chicken breast for breakfast first, but I can't seem to stop thinking of the darn ritual with my cup of coffee. Yes! I'm addicted to sugar.

I'm going to work on this over the weekend which won't be pleasant. Wish me luck!



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6/15/11 11:22 P

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When I first stopped grains after my celiac diagnosis, I was at a loss. Kept going to the fridge for "something" and was figdety, anxious, depressed, anxious, nervous, did I say anxious? I kept going for Yoplait yogurt as my fix at the time. Big mistake I NOW know. Wish I'd asked that question, but I hadn't read about paleo yet; good ideas ladies!

It took me a couple of weeks to not care (as much) about the family eating pizza in front of me. Then I decided they couldn't do that anymore. I banished gluten from the house. HA!

Anyway, it took a long time to learn about BAS (big-a$$ salads), and they remain my sustenance. (I'm kinda bo-ring...)
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6/15/11 4:29 P

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I found that the hardest week for me was week two. My cravings really kicked in and was hiding out in my sisters back yard crying because they were all eating cookies and cake inside. ( I am on the 30 day challenge other wise I would have had a little if I wanted). I upped my fruit intake to two servings a day and that helped a lot.

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6/15/11 4:10 P

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Thank you ladies for sharing emoticon really appreciate the support and tips.

Last night was rough, major headaches, cravings galore, and feeling really exhausted, plus that time of the month has started. I was fast asleep by 9pm. I did cheat with dry fruit and dates, the regular fruit wasn't cutting it. This morning I asked my husband to take all the dates, and dry fruit to his office, since I lack the self control. Thank goodness there were no cookies in the house.

I'm doing okay right now, and I have some snacks on hand. Let's hope the day ends well.

Thank you all once again.



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6/15/11 2:23 P

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Eat loads of fat. Cashews were really helpful to me. Also, I ate a lot of fruit in the beginning to take care of the sugar craving. SOOOO worth it! Nowadays I get horrible stomach problems when I eat naughty things, which is really good incentive to not eat them!

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6/14/11 7:18 P

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I had bad "carb flu" when going on Atkins years ago. When I came to Paleo I had already cut out a lot of the crap so it was easier. I found the first 3 days tough and after that it was no problem! Keep at it!

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6/14/11 3:01 P

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I think what you're referring to is known as "carb flu" which usually happens when you switch from SAD (Standard American Diet) to Primal/Paleo. It passes after a few days.

From what I've read, it's usually suggested to eat more protein/fat to help combat the lack of energy and constant hunger.

Let us know how you do this week.

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6/14/11 2:52 P

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I started out low carb and then moved to paleo. No symptoms when moving to paleo, but starting low carb was horrible.....for 3-4 days.

Constant cravings, hunger. Irritable, fidgety. Day 4 I woke up feeling great, minor hunger, lots of energy, etc. Stick with it.....even if your symptoms are bad....it is SO worth it!

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6/14/11 2:15 P

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No symptoms for me at all. I was quite used to eating no starches or grain already, and very little in the way of sugar.

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6/14/11 1:48 P

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Hi Everyone!

It's Day 1 for me today, and I realize we're all different especially us women. I'm definitely suffering from some hormonal imbalance.

Ladies, I'm curious to hear what you all recall experiencing on your first week. What withdrawals might you have gone through, and maybe what you found useful to overcome your urges pertaining to carbs, sweets etc.

Thank you!

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