I found on day four I had no energy at all, and massive brain fog with a headache. After dinner I was only a little better. So, I cooked up a sweet potato, and ate that, and everything cleared up. I think I wasn't getting enough carbs. Now I make sure I eat a sweet potato every other day, and I don't have a problem anymore. Squash would probably work for that too.
Your calorie level sounds about right unless you are nursing a lot. I am wondering if you are getting enough fat. I know that for me the more fat I eat the more energy I have. Maybe if you could track your food for a couple of days and share it in your food tracker we could be of more help. I also hope that your energy will return soon and that this is just your body adjusting. That would not be uncommon in the first 7-10 days. Birgit
I'm guessing my calorie intake is between 2,000 and 2,500. I say that because the smoothies/juices I make usually average 500 calories and I have them twice a day or I have one for breakfast and a lean meat for lunch. Dinner has been a not-so-lean meat in the last week.
My baby just hit the 8 month mark so she's eating table food, too. And my milk only took a nosedive for about twelve hours so that's been alright. Mostly my problem is my energy level. The few days before I started this I was feeling so good I would run up my stairs and there was a bounce in my step. Now I feel like I'm dragging myself up the stairs and it hurts lol. I dunno, I just hope this is detox and it goes away soon. I think I've been doing a decent job of varying my diet to include most of the nutrients I need. It sure as heck beats my previous diet of fast food and chocolate caramel cadbury eggs.
This website was linked from the Whole9 site, you might find it helpful even though much of it applies to pregnancy. I believe that the first 5-8 months of nursing require about the same nutrition as you're making the primary food source for baby. http://healthybabycode.com/blog
Don't underestimate the effects of lack of sleep and disrupted sleep, as both will affect your body's healing and repair cycle which naturally occurs at night. And, of course, drink LOTS of water when you're nursing. :)
One of the most common causes is too little salt. This will lead to low potassium and also to dehydration which would explain a reduced milk production. On lower carb diets most people need several grams more salt, so add at least 1-2 grams/day which will also make you thirstier and make you drink more. Add a significant amount of protein and fat to increase milk production as well. I usually have a cup of broth to drink at night with at least 500-800 mg of sodium. What would you estimate your daily calorie intake is?
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So I read that you aren't supposed to exercise in the first week of this diet because the body is trying to get over sugar/grain withdrawal. But as a nursing mother I'm starting to worry about some of the things I'm feeling. On day 2 my supply tanked but it came back by day 3. Now it's day 4 and I'm feeling bad headaches, dry mouth, and fatigue. I only get short bursts of energy throughout the day but afterward they leave me feeling weak. Is this normal withdrawal or am I not getting enough nutrition? I eat several meals and snacks a day. I even go for the high-fat stuff to make sure I am getting enough calories to breastfeed. (Like today I ate a whole avacado, a half a tuna steak, crab claws, and salad for lunch).
What do you guys experience during the first week and when does it get better?
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