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Weird sickness? Could it be withdrawl?


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Not sure where to post this question.

I've really cleaned up my eating in the past few weeks and I've been getting really really sick from time to time.

I've been nauseous and throwing up, fatigued, irritable, achy, and I've had headaches. It only lasts for a day or two but it has been happening once a week since I started eating better and exercising regularly.

Am I just going through some kind of weird crappy food withdrawl? I've limited my intake of processed foods to once a week. Every day I eat clean. I eat enough and drink plenty of water so I'm not dehydrated. What's going on?!

I thought I was supposed to feel better once I started getting healthy! 

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I don't know if any kind of withdrawal from a food can cause throwing up! But I do know that some people get "low carb flu" if they try to lower their carb intake. I guess it's possible if you've really drastically decreased your carb or sugar intake, or possibly your caffeine intake? Did anything else change?

You limited your intake of processed foods to once a week... and you've been feeling ill once a week. Any chance these days have coincided?

Have you introduced any new foods? Maybe you have an intolerance to something new you've tried.

If it continues, I'd suggest seeing a doctor. I think making any kind of change to diet can sometimes have unexpected effects but throwing up doesn't sound like a common one...

I'm wondering if maybe my immune/repair/recovery system is just out of whack and going through some kind of shock. I haven't worked out this hard in several years (like 15yrs) and maybe it has no idea what to concentrate on! lol

It actually feels exactly like I have the flu! It only lasts for about a day but the next day I am completely drained.

I haven't tried any new foods the only change is the absence of processed food, bread, pasta white rice, sodas, etc. 

Original Post by antibinge:

I don't know if any kind of withdrawal from a food can cause throwing up! But I do know that some people get "low carb flu" if they try to lower their carb intake. I guess it's possible if you've really drastically decreased your carb or sugar intake, or possibly your caffeine intake? Did anything else change?

You limited your intake of processed foods to once a week... and you've been feeling ill once a week. Any chance these days have coincided?

Have you introduced any new foods? Maybe you have an intolerance to something new you've tried.

If it continues, I'd suggest seeing a doctor. I think making any kind of change to diet can sometimes have unexpected effects but throwing up doesn't sound like a common one...

Never heard of this before.

It's usually a day after I've been both really busy at work (I have a physical job) and do a workout. Even just a light workout.

 

Maybe the sudden change has been stressfull on your body. Have you been eating enough? .

"Low carb flu" is not really a definite medical term or anything, it's just a name given to what some people feel when they reduce their carbs - they can get lightheaded, legarthic, shakey, and just generally feel ill. If this is the case (are you restricting carbs?), either eat more carbs or wait it out...

I'm not intentionally restricting carbs I just get them all from fruits, veggies, and whole grains. At the end of the day they are definitely lower than they used to be when I lived off of pizza, pasts, and chinese food!

All I can tell you is that if I haven't worked out for a while and I do a strenous workout I will get some of those symptoms too.  A strenous aerobic workout will give me a headache and a heavy weights workout will cause me to feel tired/achey like I have the flu.  When I am in better shape the workouts don't seem to affect me this way.

Maybe you should slowly build up your workouts until your body gets use to them.  This will also help prevent injury.  I also eat a granola bar or drink some juice right after my workout and that seems to help.  Also, you need lots of protein for your muscles to recover.  This is just my experience, maybe it can help you...

It's probably not "low carb flu" then. I agree with krausp, it could be the exercise!

Like I said though, if it doesn't go away with time and you are worried, see a doc.

Thank you both.

I think you are both right. It's got to be my sudden changes . It should pass. It just seems weird. I have been a little overly enthusiastic about some of my workouts. I've never been able to ease into something. It's always been all or nothing with me.

But, I'll get there and find my balance eventually.

Thanks again!

If you are working out hard quite often and you have a very physical job, and are sweating alot, your electolytes may be really out of whack. Low potasium will cause muscle fatigue and cramping. Dehydration will also cause these symptoms and headaches.

Drink smart water or powerade zero or something with electrolytes. I've had it too - anytime I make drastic changes in diet (lower carb, switching to vegetarian, no caffeine etc). It's the only that has helped.
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I know I felt ill the times I have given up sugar.  Also make sure you're eating enough.

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