Yeah, it could be a die-off effect, as the bacteria in your intestines adjust to what you're eating now. I had something similar this last Thursday.
I like to think of it as all those free radicals getting shot down and pushed out of my system by the antioxidants!
I spent a week at Kripalu once with Dr. Mark Hyman, an integrative, "functional" M.D. (You can google his Ultrametabolism Diet, or Ultra Simple Diet, etc.*) And I've talked to many people who have made dramatic changes in their diets, from the usual American (red meat, trans fats, too many carbs and sugars) to something simpler and notably more healthy/vegetarian. And everything I've read and heard said that yeh, you feel much lousier in the beginning. Your body is detoxing. Takes about 3 weeks if you can stick it out.
Good luck! I'm thinking of doing much the same myself for spring. Lighten the winter hibernation load.
*(He didn't start out to write a "diet" book. He counsels people on getting healthier and more energy. He just found that along the way, people dropped weight. So sometimes being thinner is more of a motivator than "getting healthier" which can seem like too long term/vague a goal.)
Slept until 8:30 this morning, and felt like I could have slept even longer but for the fact that I had to get up and get going. This is very weird for me, but I'm definitely sticking with it.
In addition to what other folks are saying, your menses is also taking a toll on energy levels. It might take a few days to pep back up, and anything you are doing to increase your iron level is probably not going to hurt. :)
Broccoli, an actual iron pill accompanied by vitamin C, and continuing to look for better ways to up it. Hugs to you, hon.
When I cut from meat every day to meat twice a week and tried to add in more fruit and whole grains, a similar thing happened to me. (I didn't have to add in more veggies because I always ate a huge, huge amount of veggies.) It got better in a few weeks, I think. If I cheat and eat meat indiscriminately and then go back to my better diet, though, I feel sick for up to a week.
This is why I'm going to cut the last two days out slowly. If I'd tried to go whole hog vegan in one go, I bet my energy levels would have been even weirder.
Hang in and hopefully it will fix up!
It's better today, after about 15 hours of sleep! I expect the improvement will continue, and I will develop more energy, I just have to give myself a little time.
Is the prime change no pork or red meat, or are the changes more elaborate? You guys keep posting about tasty sounding smoothies and generally re-invigorating healthy stuff. Did I miss an explanation post?
For a week we have started each day with Alton Brown's smoothies
. This is a huge change for us in the amount of fruit we're eating (they are delicious, BTW), and are so large and filling that they've sort of been breakfast and lunch. In addition, I am working hard at shopping only around the outside of the store (fresh produce, meats and dairy) and have been baking bread. We are eating smaller portions, more fish, less meat, and more veggies.
More than that, we are focusing on eating only when we are really hungry, and staying away from processed foods. I don't know that it's changed my weight any, but I can fit into some shirts that were too tight, and the allergy thing is quite remarkable. Generally not a day goes by that I don't take allergy meds, and as of today I haven't taken any for 5 days. Further data is clearly needed, but I'm liking what I'm seeing so far.
Intriguing! Cody and I were just talking today that we both trend largely towards chicken/ fish /vegetarian on our own but it's just not feasible in either of our current living conditions. The smoothies sound yummy, I tend towards a savory breakfast, though I probably shouldn't given my blood pressure. I'm curious if it would have any impact on my being sick constantly this winter, but suspect it has more to do having a boyfriend with a pre-schooler: where I catch stuff, and living in an extremely warm house so I'm freezing everywhere else: where it flourishes.
Do you have a go to daily bread recipe?
I tend toward savory breakfast myself, so I know whereof you speak. But the smoothy really satisfies, I think because it is not overly sweet with added sugars - all the fruit we use is flash-frozen with no added sugar.
I've just started the baking in the last week or so, so I haven't developed a go-to bread yet. The ones I'm baking are artisan breads that require a pre-ferment started the night before and slow rising - perfect for people working at home who can mess with bread several times throughout the day, but not so great if that's not the case. I know a lot of people are loving the bread in 5 minutes a day books like this
, which might work well for you.
It's a challenge, but I've been so much healthier since I started first with upping my milk consumption and then this.