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3 Ways to Overcome Feeling Awful When Starting a Paleo Diet

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Welcome to the world of detox. Your new eating plan is void of added sugar and many have given up caffeine from soda and coffee (because it actually doesn’t taste as great black and unsweetened). Overall, you are most likely eating “cleaner” food than you have before. Your body isn’t really sure what is happening and experiences symptoms of withdrawal, such as headaches, sluggishness, and irritability. In addition to the detoxification process, it takes varying lengths of time to adjust from being a sugar burner to a fat burning machine. For some people this process takes a few short days and others may needs months to fully adjust. Hang in there, as you are on the right track.

1. Support your detox. Read my  previous post that details how to replenish and nurture your body when it is in a detox state. This includes 5 foods you should eat everyday and 4 easy recipes that keep well in the fridge to keep you feeling your best.

2. Evaluate your diet. The most common error  comes down to what is actually going into your mouth. Often, the macronutrient ratios are not adjusted properly for individual needs. This means you might not be eating enough protein, fat or carbohydrate to meet your caloric need or energy requirements. My general rule of thumb is to aim for close to your body weight in grams of protein (so if you weigh 150 pounds that would equal 150 daily grams of protein), enough fat to feel full, and enough carbohydrate to keep your intestines moving frequently.

3. Eat more. At this point you may be trying to figure out what you can eat, since you’ve eliminated all of your traditional go-to foods. Eating more food earlier in the day than dinner time, and adjusting how often you eat (to be more frequent) can assist you in making the transition go more smoothly.

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