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Old 01-11-2013, 11:23 AM   #1
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Paleo Drained

Hey gang, I started Paleo on December 26th (minus New Years Eve) and have also started at Crossfit around the same time.

I'm starting to feel extemely drained which i suspect is a combo of both, but more so the diet. I'm reading that this 'drained' feeling is normal when starting Paleo.. but is there something i'm missing or should be changing? How long would this normally last before i start to feel good again?

Typical day is this:

Breakfast: 2 eggs, 1/2 avocado, added egg whites cooked with a bit of coco oil

Snack: If it's a workout day (at noon) i have a banana or apple, if rest day nothing

Lunch: chicken / beef or turkey (usually ground) plus 3 cups of green veggies. (green/yellow beans have been there a lot).

Snack: 1 to 1.5oz nuts or canned meat (sardines or small can of tuna)

Dinner: usually the same as lunch.

When i cook any meats i'm using coconut oil. Trying hard to not snack at night, have not eaten past dinner thus far.
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:53 AM   #2
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Re: Paleo Drained

Looks like too little food. Try adding some yams and squash in there.
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:54 AM   #3
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Re: Paleo Drained

It looks like you're only eating about 1500-1800 calories per day. That's where the "drained" feeling comes from--cutting out crap calories and not replacing them with enough food. Eat more at every meal and snack, and add in some more dense carbs like squash and sweet potatoes.
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Thank you. I will add in some sweet potatoes and / or squash.
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Old 01-11-2013, 12:13 PM   #5
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If you're drained it's because you're either eating too little, no getting enough sleep/rest or a combination of both. I'd say you certainly qualify for the eating too little and the sleep/rest could be factor as well.
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If you're drained it's because you're either eating too little, no getting enough sleep/rest or a combination of both. I'd say you certainly qualify for the eating too little and the sleep/rest could be factor as well.
Sleep seems OK.. I'd say its the food. I'm going to up the calories and see how it goes.
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Old 01-11-2013, 12:53 PM   #7
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Re: Paleo Drained

I think you definitely need more food. Have you looked at any resources for a Paleo/Zone type "diet"? It would help you understand how much you should be eating.

I started my Paleo "diet" by using a book my first gym has on their website (WFS) http://www.hardexerciseworks.com/wp-...oads/NuFit.pdf and here is another good article that may be helpful (WFS) http://library.crossfit.com/free/pdf...ue21_May04.pdf. (Not Paleo but is helpful). Both talk about blocks and give ideas of how much food should be in each one.

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I think you definitely need more food. Have you looked at any resources for a Paleo/Zone type "diet"? It would help you understand how much you should be eating.

I started my Paleo "diet" by using a book my first gym has on their website (WFS) http://www.hardexerciseworks.com/wp-...oads/NuFit.pdf and here is another good article that may be helpful (WFS) http://library.crossfit.com/free/pdf...ue21_May04.pdf. (Not Paleo but is helpful). Both talk about blocks and give ideas of how much food should be in each one.

Good luck
Thanks Sara, i'll print those off and read through them tonight!
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Hey gang, I started Paleo on December 26th (minus New Years Eve) and have also started at Crossfit around the same time.

I'm starting to feel extemely drained which i suspect is a combo of both, but more so the diet. I'm reading that this 'drained' feeling is normal when starting Paleo.. but is there something i'm missing or should be changing? How long would this normally last before i start to feel good again?

Typical day is this:

Breakfast: 2 eggs, 1/2 avocado, added egg whites cooked with a bit of coco oil

Snack: If it's a workout day (at noon) i have a banana or apple, if rest day nothing

Lunch: chicken / beef or turkey (usually ground) plus 3 cups of green veggies. (green/yellow beans have been there a lot).

Snack: 1 to 1.5oz nuts or canned meat (sardines or small can of tuna)

Dinner: usually the same as lunch.

When i cook any meats i'm using coconut oil. Trying hard to not snack at night, have not eaten past dinner thus far.
Not enough carbs.
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Old 01-11-2013, 01:26 PM   #10
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Not enough carbs.
I may be mis-understanding Paleo a bit. I had thought the idea was to switch over to using the fat for energy vs carbs.
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