Brain Fog And Irregular Heart Beat
I've read a bunch of other posts on brain fog, racing heart, shortness of breath and other symptoms from going on the BP diet. I understand there is an adjustment period, but I don't see anything that relates exactly to me.
I've been easing into the diet, but I am doing the BPC and have cut sugar and gluten. I have been eating a highly vegetarian diet for the last couple of years. About 15 years ago I was hit with what could only be described as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome but was never diagnosed officially since I was missing a few key symptoms. But I was getting fatigue so bad the only thing I could do was sleep it off. I was getting headaches; I couldn't exercise even when feeling ok, near constant foggy head, lightheadedness, and had no tolerance for alcohol. I couldn't carry on conversations by evening time and was slowly putting on weight. Doctors couldn't find anything wrong with me after years of tests and evaluations. I learned to accept it and minimize the symptoms with diet and exercise.
About 4 years ago, I learned that I am pre-diabetic. And....my triglycerides had skyrocketed to over 1350! I was experiencing head rushes, racing heart, fatigue, headaches, and shortness of breath. My doctor said I will need meds if I don't get this under control. Again, through adjustments to my diet I reduced my triglycerides below 300 as of last month. One of the adjustments I made was to stop taking fish oil. I know, it's supposed to drop the triglyceride levels, but I twice started and stopped fish oil and found that to correlate with my try levels.
In researching about inflammation, I came across the BP diet. I decided I would try it because it sounds like it would help what I've been battling for years. I did blood tests before and starting to ease into the BP diet. I'm not doing for weight loss but hoped to lose 5-10 pounds.
I was having a hard time with just the coffee (started with tsp butter/oil each) in the morning without having major hunger pangs and had to supplement my morning intake with light food. An egg, a piece of gluten free toast, or oatmeal. They all didn't do much to ease the hunger and I didn't notice any difference in how I felt between the different foods. Last week, week two on BP coffee (half dose of butter/oil), I was starting to notice my mind was feeling very foggy and I was getting some adrenaline rushes. Racing heart, head rushes. Then on Sunday, I had my BP coffee and two eggs with butter. No carbs. I had to do some coaching and then play lacrosse. About an hour before game time I got a headache and by the time I was done playing I was in the middle of a meltdown. Major fatigue, shortness of breath, no muscle strength and I had no focus mentally. Exactly like I was feeling when my triglycerides were super high.
I realized I hadn't eaten carbs so I went home and ate two bowls of cereal. Then I had a craving for chocolate so I ate some, first candy in weeks. I felt better within an hour or so but was still fatigued with a mild headache and went to bed early. I decided I would try the BP coffee full strength and not eat anything in the morning. I thought maybe I needed to commit more to the coffee thing and my body would adjust. I also made sure I didn't go too long without carbs. I've been drinking lots of water during the day.
This week, I have had increased energy. I don't need a mid-day coffee. I'm a teacher and I notice my after lunch classes I have more spark and a better mood. I am more passionate about what I'm doing and really get into conversations like I'm on a high. The bad thing is that I while I feel more energy and passion, I'm also in a fog mentally. I double check my lane changes like I immediately forget if I already checked. I can't remember if I fed the dog 5 or 10 minutes later. It feels like a very minor stuffy head. I'm also having adrenaline rushes, racing hart at times and shortness of breath walking up stares.
I'm an athlete and need to do intensive training at times. I generally exercise 2 or 3 times a week but find it difficult to do so. I'm also VERY concerned that my triglycerides are shooting up as I write this. I know, the BP diet is supposed to drop try levels. Sounds crazy, and maybe it was something else, but I'm fearful that I may have an odd response to healthy oils in this dosage.
Anyone experience or know anything that may help me? Currently, I'm planning to stay on the current path and hope my body adjusts, then after another 2 or 3 weeks get my blood checked again. If triglycerides have gone way up, I think I need to ditch the BP diet. Will I be able to jog without a massive head rush. Can I sleep without waking up to a racing heart?