Poor Diet Choices = Lack of Energy?

Monday, September 07, 2009

I am becoming acutely aware of how seriously I lack energy. Yesterday afternoon was the first time in quite a long time (a year, at least) that I actually felt really well rested and full of energy. This sudden burst of energy was the product of 12 hours of sleep plus a two hour nap. Today, after a normal 6-7 hours of sleep, I’m back to feeling drained and having very little stamina for normal activities.

I’ve historically attributed my lack of energy to recurring/chronic mononucleosis — because that is what my doctor told me was at fault. Now, though, as I begin examining my diet and lifestyle choices closely, I’m starting to believe it is inevitably my diet and lifestyle choices that are causing my lack of energy.

Right now, it’s just a theory. But I want proof. So here is my idea. I plan to research what things my body needs to exist most optimally — vitamins, minerals, nutrients — and where I can find those things. Then, I’ll keep track of my diet for a period of time and observe which of those things I’m actually getting in my present diet choices. This should give me a good base from which to begin shifting my diet and lifestyle choices in order to get me closer to optimal wellbeing.

Comments, questions, thoughts and ideas are welcome — in the mean time, I’ll keep you posted. :D
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    Thank you both so much for your insight and support! Support is exactly the reason I've returned to SparkPeople, and I appreciate it very much!!!
    3114 days ago
  • SUNNY1432
    I think that your thought is more than just a theory. I had a not so healthy weekend at the fair, you know eating all that "wonderful" greasy food, and yesterday and today I have felt less energetic and loving the idea of a nap. I usually feel pretty good and only needing a nap if my two crazy kids didn't let me sleep the night before.
    Definitely track what you are eating and exercise. I love exercising if even only 10 minutes in the morning. It help wake me up and gives me energy to deal with the day. You can also find so good and healthy supplements that will help boost your energy and usually your metabolism, which is just an added bonus.
    Keep us posted and good luck:) emoticon
    3114 days ago
    Congrats on starting your wellness journey! I agree with you that diet choices has a direct effect on your energy levels. It sounds to me like you have a great plan in place to change your diet by observation then modification which is definitely better than just changing your diet without finding the source of your decreased energy. I'm looking forward to reading more about you and your goals and again much success in losing weight and getting healthier.
    3114 days ago
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