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Old 01-24-2011, 09:48 AM   #1
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New to Paleo--Cramping

Hello--I'm three days into a strict paleo diet and I find my self cramping terribly. I'm drinking tons of water and there is no change to my physical activity.

Is there a bio/physiological reason for this? Could it have something to do with the significantly lower salt intake now that I'm not eating any processed foods? Will this go away or do I need to supplement something new into my diet?

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Old 01-24-2011, 10:48 AM   #2
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Re: New to Paleo--Cramping

Are you talking about leg cramps? Are you eating enough variety that will give you enough potassium? My husband had issues with leg cramps from low potassium.
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Old 01-24-2011, 11:08 AM   #3
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Re: New to Paleo--Cramping

Primarily stomach muscles but also, to a lesser extent, my calves and hamstrings.

I don't know that my potassium intake has changed much with my dietary change. Unless there is a lot of potassium in processed food.
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Old 01-24-2011, 11:16 AM   #4
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Re: New to Paleo--Cramping

I had this problem also when I started last spring, all in my stomach. I never had any cramps in my legs. There have been some older threads on here on this subject as well. Some people cramp due to withdrawls from something (carbs, etc.). I THINK this was my problem. Never really proved it, so it's just a guess. Someone who is more intellegent than I am may get on here and give you a better explanation. I just wanted you to know that you're not alone
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Old 01-24-2011, 11:36 AM   #5
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Re: New to Paleo--Cramping

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Thanks...my wife is threatening to make me go to a doctor so it's good to hear that this isn't entirely out in left field
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Old 01-24-2011, 11:46 AM   #6
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Re: New to Paleo--Cramping

Yep its most likely carb withdrawal, have a little bit of fruit or sweet potato.
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Old 01-24-2011, 11:47 AM   #7
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Are you talking about leg cramps? Are you eating enough variety that will give you enough potassium? My husband had issues with leg cramps from low potassium.
Potassium or a lack there of is not related to cramping. This is an old myth that keeps coming up. As of now, scientists have no definite answer for the cause of muscle cramps.
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Old 01-24-2011, 11:52 AM   #8
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Re: New to Paleo--Cramping

Adding a big pile of nuts and green veggies means adding lots of fiber to a system that may not have been getting much before. Your digestive tract has to work harder, and cramps may be one side effect of that.

If you *didn't* add lots of fruit and veggies, but are eating primarily meat, you could have messed up your electrolyte balance and could be lacking in fiber.

Could you give us some more details about what you're eating?

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Old 01-24-2011, 11:59 AM   #9
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Re: New to Paleo--Cramping

I think it's a fairly standard paleo approach: a healthy portion of meat or eggs each meal, lots of green and orange veggies, some fruit, nuts and olive oil.
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Old 01-31-2011, 09:18 AM   #10
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Hi everyone, it's been awhile but i'm still paleoing and exercising away (when mom in law is not in town)

Stomach might be for the above reasons, but I had calfcramps for so many years, and like the man said it's true that doctors still don,t know what causes them...weird.

So, for me I take magnesium citrate supps and they are gone 99.9% of the time. The other day I went swimming and being paleo with my magnesium I just swam and swam with no cramps, finally, pure pleasure. I take 500mg before going to bed.

Hope this helps!
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