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Impending carb flu?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

I've been essentially carb-loading since I got sick last week, mostly out of necessity. Fruit. Mashed potatoes. Fruit juices/smoothies. Saltines.

My head feels like it's full of cotton today, and I'm having trouble focusing. This is partly due to sleep deprivation, but it begs the question:

Is my general malaise after all those carbs and sugary foods (natural sugar is still sugar) psychosomatic? Do I feel like crap because I really feel like crap, or do I feel like crap because I WANT to believe that I will inevitably feel bad when I eat like this and feel better when I start eating mostly paleo again?

My mother is convinced that any indigestion, upset stomach, bloating, headache, or other symptoms I experience from eating things like highly processed muffins or HFCS-containing foods are all in my head, because I WANT them to be bad for me. Perhaps this is because I have a history of lacking skepticism regarding diets. I've always been so desperate for them to work that I've latched onto them, heart and soul, without even trying them for a month first to see how they feel before making my assessment.

I'm pretty sure my sugar is crashing as we speak from all the delicious fruit juices I've been drinking. All I want right now is something nice and salty, like chicken broth, and a nap, but I'm here at school until the makeup lab is over. That could be anytime between 5:30 and 8:00. Suck.

Regardless, my stomach demanded food last night and I fed it mashed potatoes and ice cream. Not together. Lots of salt on the mashed potatoes. I'll probably eat more potatoes tonight, too, and tomorrow morning attempt some scrambled eggs. Maybe try a salad for lunch with olive oil and some salt and pepper, easy on the acidic stuff. I'm just glad I'm not an expressway anymore!
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    Brewmaster, I like the way you think below the surface. I was typing on my blackberry before my laboratory opened, so I didn't get to elaborate much.
    A diet of mashed potatoes and ice cream is certainly not balanced. I was eating mashed potatoes because I've had bad stomach upset for 3 days and the doctor ordered me onto a diet of liquids and soft, bland, but slighty salty foods to replace electrolytes (as if I hadn't already relegated myself to chicken broth). It just happened that my mother had made a batch of her homemade mashed potatoes, which are whipped and fluffy and everything potatoes should be, so once I was able to eat more than fruit juice and chicken broth, that was my dinner.

    I also had ice cream because it's my favorite indulgence, I only allow it maybe once every month, and I felt like crap. Maybe that's my old emotional eating talking, but I seriously didn't care, and yes, it did make me feel better. I also didn't eat the ice cream and the potatoes at the same time. That would be an insult to the sensory experience of both.

    I eat relatively low carb most of the time and I used to be hypoglycaemic before I cut my carb intake paleo-style, which entailed having a nice mini "carb flu" every day unless I ate something carby every 3 hours. I'm not sure that 3 days of fruit juice and potatoes is going to cause me any problems when I cut them out again so quickly, but the headaches, shakes, and nausea that go with hypoglycaemic crashes are completely miserable, and I will always dread feeling that way again.
    2317 days ago
    Oh, sorry, I think I misunderstood. I don't think you'll get low-carb flu if you've carb loaded just for a few days. I find if I've carb loaded, that it can take a few days to get my hunger levels back in check, but I've never had anything as bad as the initial transition.
    2318 days ago
    I must not have specified. I meant that because I have eaten like crap for the last few days, I will be going back to paleo tomorrow and have the potential to hit a carb low at that time.
    2318 days ago
    Well, I've only heard of this "flu" you speak of when you LACK carbs, not when you eat too many. Typically if you load you'll have a lot of energy. It's not uncommon for endurance competitors to eat much in the way you described. But mashed potatoes and ice cream just sounds like imbalance. It may be exacerbating a deficiency. I don't know, I'm not a doctor or a licensed anything. But I read "I ate like sh1t and I feel like sh1t, wtf?" ... so, um, ya.
    2318 days ago
    Low carb flu was pretty real for me. Initially I cut back to half my 'normal' carbs, and I got pretty sick. Turned out I had a systemic candida infection from years of antibiotic use and high carb diets that I didn't know about. Mine manifested more as a horrid sinus infection, and took several weeks to clear out with lots of probiotics. Have you just recently started paleo/low carb? If so, it could be low carb flu. Once you're feeling better, you could try starting out at a slightly higher carb level and slowly cut back in order to lessen symptoms settling back in.

    Sorry you haven't been feeling well. Get better soon.

    2318 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/10/2012 3:46:44 PM
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