There are three major side effects to Atkins and apparently I am going to get them all.
Predicted Day 1-3 headaches from your body missing the carbs
Predicted Day 2-4 exhaustion from your body missing the carbs
Predicted Week 1-2 severe leg crams from lack of potassium – apparently we get most of our potassium from a lot of high carb foods.
The headaches I’m used to – I get migraines arouns AF time, O time, and anytime I’m stressed So the dull ache I had Mon & Tues was not terrible… bring on the Aleve.
I’m home alone right now and my main purpose in life is wash/dry/fold laundry… so I can nap in between – so the exhaustion is workable.
But the cramps. O. M. G.!!!! Last night I was laying in bed with Kaelyn watching Heathcliff on Netflix.. laying on my side, knees curled/fetal position. And I needed to get up & go pee. Thank heavens it wasn’t an emergency because my knees & calves had cramped up so bad it took me about 5-10 minutes to slowly flex & unflex them till I got my legs straight!!
I talked to DH and he agrees with me that I need to wait to hit it hard core until I get to the store this weekend and get some potassium supplements.
Until then I am going to stay “lower than usual” carbs. Since MFP was documenting my pre-Atkins carbs at usually near but occasionally over 300… I think I need to wean while I’m waiting on my potassium.
I’ll still have my lunch salad, but have a small potato or serving of rice with dinner and last night I had some peanut butter on a slice of bread. I’ll be diligent but not so high or so low. I think I’m going to am to have 80-100 carbs comfortably by the weekend & re-start Monday. I also have a pantry full of gluten free foods that I can’t eat on the diet.. like my GF pastas and flours that are $5/lb. I can feed it to my family.. and I do/will, but it’s too expensive to “waste” since I can now buy them regular/gluten-loaded options for 96¢. (Side note: I made Gf pasta last night and didn’t eat any because it was before the cramps… anyway 46 carbs per 3/4 cup serving!!!!)
I found this list, and what I have like this* I had at least 1-3x a week on my previous diet so it’s no wonder that I’m missing my potassium!!!
Food (100g) Potassium (mg)
Bran Wheat 1160
Tomato Puree 1150*
Wheat Germ 950
Dried Fruit Mix 880
Mixed Seeds (sunflower, pumpkin) 650
Mixed Nuts 600*
Baked Potato with Skin 600*
Roasted Potatoes 530*
Bran Flakes 530
Boiled Soy Beans 510
Whole Grain Pasta 400*
Soy Flour 1650*
Once I pass induction (2 weeks) I can add seeds back, and some nuts, as well as soy products – all in moderation but that will get some potassium back in my diet.
When these 2 weeks are done add 5 carbs per week until I reach a steady goal of 2-3lbs per week loss. And I can re-cycle induction in when I feel I need a boost.
Lets’ see if I can hang on to the 4 lbs I lost till Monday!!!