Here's a great new post by Dr. Mike Eades:
I didn't know anything about low-carb flu the first time I tried Atkins. At the time, I was a long-distance runner. I felt terrible on the diet, and abandoned it after two weeks. I didn't try lower carb for another thirty years.
Regular readers probably remember that I didn't just decide to go on a low carb diet. I started taking a sleep medication and the amount of carbs I wanted to eat decreased dramatically. But it wasn't without an adjustment period.
I lost a ton of weight very rapidly, and was quite dizzy and unsteady. I had a terrible headache, foot cramps, digestion changes, and woke up flushed and anxious. But, I also got rid of all my aches and pains, hot flashes, skin break-outs, salt-sensitivity and cravings. I wish that I had known about the addition of salt and other minerals. This information probably would have saved me lots of misery.
Now, I can restart my aches and pains by eating a large evening meal of wheat and other carbs. I can start the break-outs by eating a combination of carbs and animal fat. I can restart the hot flashes by eating a ton of carbs or protein in one sitting. I can restart my cravings by eating a higher carb diet for several meals in a row, or by eating only one piece of bread. I can restart my weight gain from one carby meal.
At the time, I attributed the wonky side-effects to the sleep medication. If I had reduced my carb content on a low-carb diet plan, I would have attributed the changes to the diet and abandoned it. At least, if I had been listening to my body.
My Rheumatologist Fired Me
Well, not really, she still wants to see me once a year, that's just CYA. But she took my lupus diagnosis off the chart. There's no lupus, no Sjogren's, no aches and pains, no symptoms like that at all. Done. Gone. I don't have carb flu anymore.