Yes, I am calling the eating of fruit a sin. Sounds extreme, I know, but it is what it is. All fruit contains fructose and it is SUGAR, nature’s candy.
I belong to several FB groups on LCHF as well as a food tracker site. I constantly see people still eating fruit on this WOE and then wonder why they cannot lose weight. The biggest culprit is bananas.
Do people not realize that bananas are fruit? Do they think it is the only way to get potassium? I hate to crack your reality bubble, but bananas are fruit, they are fattening, and they are not the only source of potassium. In fact, avocados are a better source because they give you those great monounsaturated fats that are so important for the body because of the high Omega-3s.
So, the next time you need a potassium boost, eat a 1/2 an avocado instead! The fat and fiber in avocados will help keep you full too, which is an added bonus!
Note: after the initial 2 week induction phase, you can (but you don’t NEED to) add a few berries to your diet, but just a few. But if you want optimal health and sustainability on the LCHF diet… quit the fruit!
I noticed when I first began this WOE, that I would get light-headed, dizzy and occasionally nauseated and the occasional leg cramps. I thought it was because my carb intake was too low and had probably dropped my blood sugar too low. Nope! My blood sugar would be fine.
What I have discovered is that when you take carbs out of your diet, there is very little to hold salt and potassium in your body, and especially if you are more active. So you get dizzy, light-headed and nauseous. Also, you may have muscle cramps and charlie horses.
There are a few remedies for this.
- salt your food! at times, you may need to over-salt even
- drink one of the following: pickle juice, sauerkraut juice, chicken or beef broth, or a glass of water with some lemon and sea salt
- take a potassium and magnesium supplement
With potassium supplements, I’ve read that it doesn’t really matter which kind you take because any of them will be absorbed into your intestines, but not to take more than 99 mgs as you will get some from your foods.
With magnesium, I have read that malate is the best form for cramping and relaxation. Citrate is best if you are having problems getting your bowels to move. So it is up to you which one you want to take for which purpose. I do know the citrate will also help some with the cramping and relaxation, but not as quickly. I’ve read that you can safely take up to 1200 mgs of magnesium, but I usually take around 1000 mgs before bed time.
Another note: iodine is also important… if you use a lot of sea salt, you may not be getting sufficient amounts of iodine. One sign of iodine deficiency is vertigo, where you feel constantly dizzy, like the world is spinning, and have balance issues. You can treat this with either iodize salt or an iodine supplement.