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Kittiestars, No I still haven't bought his book. I'm getting all of my knowledge from his blog, which is extensive and my chiro and I discussed it when I was there on Monday. I would love to get his book, but I either need to get to the library or wait until I have the money.
Ramona, thanks so much for the advice on upping the fat and the articles. A couple of them I had read before but the others I had not. So, it was good reading for me!
I wish I could say I know how you feel (for empathy)... I never went through the carb flu... mostly because my diet was already very clean, whole, unprocessed, fairly low carb, and fairly high in fat.
The way to combat the carb flu, however, is fat, and lots of it. Want something sweet? Eat fat. Feel achy and tired? Eat Fat. Feel like you could eat everything in sight? Eat fat.
Fat you should eat? Bacon and eggs for breakfast. Lots of hard-cooked eggs for snacks. Almond butter. Coconut oil. Avocado. Nuts. Well-marbled meat. Keep the fat as high as you can get it for 2-3 weeks and you'll adjust more easily. Coconut oil is especially good for helping your body adjust.
My husband was a terrible carb-a-holic, and this is how he got through it (he ate his sweets at work and at lunch before joining me on the Primal bnadwagon).
You need to help your body move from surgar-burning to fat-burning, and it takes a week or three. Here are some threads/links that may help:
Metabolism and Ketosis
This article explains really well why/how healthy fat makes the transition to Paleo so much easier... and how coconut oil is a unique fat.
What Does It Mean to Be Fat-Adapted?
What Does It Mean to Be Fat-Adapted? – Part 2: Q&A
Guest Post by Modern Forager: The Tropical Oils
You also get a really clear picture of how carbs figure into Primal eating (which is typically a bit higher carb than is Paleo) here:
More Fat Please
Edited by: _RAMONA at: 9/13/2012 (23:36)
'An Apple A Day' keeps the doctor away...
NOTE: My weight tracker is NOT a truthful representation of my weight. Instead, I am using it as a tool to help me visualize my goal as though it's already been achieved!
I am on Day 10. I didn't feel too bad until the last few days.
I am following (mostly) The Primal Blueprint. He allows dairy and super dark chocolate and red wine. I think he wants them to be not every day. I am doing dairy every day and I don't plan to give it up either. I think Paleo's don't do dairy? So I'm Primal.
I am avoiding sweets except the super dark chocolate 70% or greater. I eat Theo chocolate or Green & Black. But as I mentioned elsewhere I won't pass up a really great dessert occasionally. Sisson seems to allow that. But I really try to just stick to a small portion of dark chocolate, which I have every day. So that is the only sugar I am eating. I rarely eat honey so I'm not the person to ask about that. Have you read Sisson's book? What I get out of the book is the whole reason people gain weight is when your blood sugar goes up from carbs and the body stores it as fat. His idea is to give up grains (and sweets pretty much) so that you don't raise your blood sugar and store as fat. Then your body uses fat for fuel and you lose weight. And there are many other reasons to eat as he writes about.
Kittiestars, thanks for the heads up! Today is day 2 for me. What day is today for you? Are you following Primal or Paleo. I see there are slight differences. I have not given up dairy and don't plan to. Although, hopefully soon, all of my dairy will be 100% raw. Right now it's pasteurized and homogenized, some organic some not. I am working towards giving up sugar. Right now I am primarily using honey. I put a post out on honey, too, because I was wondering what others did for a sweetener.
So, are you totally grain and sugar free? And dairy free?
Edited by: LYNNRODRIGUEZ at: 9/13/2012 (22:46)
Looks like I accidentally posted the same thread twice!
Lynn, according to that link I posted, just giving up grains will cause withdrawal...you may get this. Basically it feels like mild flu. I feel better tonight but felt awful around noon.
Kittiestars, sorry to hear you are feeling bad. I haven't been through it, but I also just eliminated grains. Hope you feel better soon!
I have felt so horrible the last 36 hrs. Thought I had the flu. Then I remembered diet changes can cause body detox. Just found this on the internet, and was much reassured:
Funny because at lunch I felt so bad I was tempted to go get some SAD diet, but I couldn't bring myself to do it....bread looks yucky to me now.
So glad I found this link. Did any of you go through this?
My symptoms have been non-stop nausea, loss of appetite, fatigue, physical weakness, sweating. I didn't know WHAT was wrong with me for awhile....was getting seriously worried, but now I am reassured and will keep at it.