SUPERHUMAN30 Challenge – Day 6: Are My Headaches and Cravings Normal?

Posted on 07. Jan, 2012 by in Lifestyle, SUPERHUMAN30 Challenge

I know what you guys are thinking…

“I can’t believe were already done with Day 6!  These 30 days are going by way too fast!

…Yea right!  Keep dreaming Paleo guy.”

There’s a good chance that even if you’ve been cruising through the first week, you’ve still hit a few stumbling blocks.  I want to remind everyone that you are NOT alone.  Dramatic dips in energy, headaches, and seemingly uncontrollable cravings are all par for the course.  They suck to experience when you’re going through them, but they are usually a good sign that your body is adapting, and GREAT feelings are just around the corner.

Even someone such as myself goes through a brief transition period after a holiday season of one too many PumpkinHead beers and Peanut Butter Pies.  In the first few days, I noticed all sorts of unusual things happening with my body.  On Day 2, I noticed my skin was breaking out more than usual.  Day 3 brought on a pretty nasty headache that lasted the entire second half of the day.  And Day 4 hit me with a weird bloated feeling in my chest that wouldn’t seem to go away.   Since then, my skin looks as good as it ever has, my head feels great, and I feel a lot lighter and less bloated then I have since probably Thanksgiving.

If this is your first time attempting a diet this strict, your transition may take a little longer, but just know that it will DEFINITELY be worth it.  It is just like a cigarette smoker who has decided to quit cigarettes for the first time; your body will actually function worse for a short withdrawal period.  Once you get past the physical and mental cravings, you will begin to wonder why those foods seemed to control you so much in the first place.  Take some comfort in knowing that many of the most difficult changes to make are the ones your body needs most.

If you’re feeling tired, hungry, or craving certain foods, do a quick self-check-up to make sure you are eating enough food overall (especially fat), and sticking pretty closely to the meal template we outlined in the Superhuman30 guide.  Also, make sure you are drinking enough water.  All of the feelings above can just be symptoms of dehydration.

But more than likely you are doing everything right and you just have to sit back and wait for your body to adapt.  It shouldn’t be long before you will be feeling better than you ever have.

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