Friday, April 13, 2012

Elimination Diet Day #3: Carb Flu

What I really, really, very much want today. I put it here to laugh
at it. Ha! The cake or my health? Bring on the carrots!

Thank you to everyone who commented your experiences and suggestions on my last post. Very helpful and encouraging stuff! I'm so grateful that you took the time to comment.

On to Day #3 (fear not... I won't update every day)...

I woke up feeling extremely warm and transferred myself to the couch to cool down. I felt a little unwell and it occurred to me that I ought to eat something but I was too tired to do anything about it. Within ten minutes I was feeling extremely ill and my heart was racing and pounding. Fortunately, I had prepared a breakfast smoothie last night to be used this morning... but I could hardly make it to the kitchen. My extremities were going numb and I was relatively sure that if I didn't do something quickly that I was going to pass out.

I microwaved the smoothie for 60 seconds (a VERY long minute in my opinion) as I sat with my head between my knees. I made it back to the couch and drank it up. Then I had Professor get me another serving. And another. Slowly, I recovered myself but still felt ill, exhausted, and nauseous.

As soon as I was able, I forced an egg down. When lunch time arrived I was not really hungry but forced myself to eat. I made the decision to include some white potato with my protein in spite of the fact that I had wanted to include it in the elimination. I knew I had to drive today and it was a reasonable carb compromise.

Within half an hour of eating, my inner ear was swollen to the point of impaired hearing and my asthma was bothering me. I have not had these symptoms since I started this diet (only two days ago, I know, but still.).

I did not expect to get the carb flu because it sounded to me like people just didn't know how to eat correctly or enough. However, now I know differently. I consumed significantly more calories in the previous two days than I normally eat with no additional exercise. I ate a healthy balance of foods: eggs, chicken, bacon, asparagus, carrots, nuts, tomatoes, all kinds of fruits, high fat dairy. Just no processed carbs.

Another interesting thing is that I have noticed a significant decrease in "puffiness" everywhere and particularly in my hands and feet. Two days is not long enough to lose much weight (which is not my goal anyway) and particularly when my calorie consumption has sky-rocketed; so I have to assume the decrease in water retention is related to the alteration in my diet.

Tomorrow, I forgo potatoes and focus on an increase in fruit and veggies.


  1. I know what you're talking about as I've experienced the same thing myself. Your body is detoxing and it's not pleasant, but you do have to go through it. I've read some great blog posts that have helped me: and Make sure you are taking in enough sodium. Because you've taken out wheat a lot of the water your body has retained is being let go and thus your sodium levels are dropping. Maybe that is a major contributor to you feeling so ill and dizzy.

    I hope you feel better soon. It always took me about four days before I felt more normal. If I tried to wean myself off carbs the carb-flu effects always took much longer to get over. Just go for it. Drink lots of water. Make sure you are getting enough sodium. And eat real food.

  2. Thanks so much, Jana. I was terribly sick all day yesterday and started thinking there must be something terribly wrong with me. That makes sense about the water and sodium. Thanks for the links and encouragement. I'm actually feeling quite a bit better today. A huge relief since I was afraid it would last for a while.


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