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 Ketosiswww.proteinpower.com/drmike/ketones-and-ke
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? www.marksdailyapple.com/what-does-it-mean-
What Does It Mean to Be Fat-Adapted? – Part 2: Q&A www.marksdailyapple.com/what-does-it-mean-
Guest Post by Modern Forager: The Tropical Oils www.marksdailyapple.com/guest-post-by-mode
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: www.marksdailyapple.com/how-to-succeed-wit
More Fat Please www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messagebo
Edited by: _RAMONA at: 9/13/2012 (23:36)
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