Processed foods make me feel logy and achy. I often want to sleep when my joints hurt from inflammation.
Too many grains at breakfast, a sweet breakfast, or a large bolus of carbs in one meal, make me tired. When i have breakfast and morning snack with protein and fat, and a hearty snack at 4pm, along with modest lunch and dinner - that is when I have the best sustained energy all day.
In the past I tried severe diets that probably were giving me less than 1200 calories per day, and I was constantly tired. I have also had a benefit from taking Vitamin D daily, and changing from Synthroid to dessicated porcine thyroid. (I have Hashimotos' and take thyroid meds daily)
When I eat out a lot I notice I am more tired. I have control over what is going in my food at home. I also know, in my experience, the more tired I am, the more apt I am to eat crap and not look for something good for me or cook.
It is what it is....
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3 years ago I was super fit and was afraid of carbs, always feeling tired but pushed myself everyday until I got mentally and physically exhausted. Since then, I stopped working out and such but now that I'm going back into this whole fitness thing WITHOUT the fear of carbs, I feel 110% times better and more energies!
Iv'e always been obsessed with fruit so most of my carbs come from that :)
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a few months ago I was only eating 1200 calories and burning 500-700 in added exercise. I was tired and my workouts suffer. I added calories back in increments of 100 and found that 1600 to 1700 calories leaves me feeling fine and my workouts have been better, now I never average less than 700 calories per workout.
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I used to be tired all the time. I thought I was eating right. I was exercising. Just could not figure it out. I decided to try Isagenix products. Was very skeptical, but was pleasantly surprised. I feel amazing. I'm over 50 and have never had this much energy. You just need to find what's right for you.
Energy boosters for me are...staying hydrated and seeing more energy. Make it a habit to drink water at regular intervals as dehydration reduces the blood volume and makes you feel fatigued. I try to sip H2o all day long.
Also you may feel tiredness after consuming foods rich in carbs, reduce the intake of carbs during lunch and instead of that consume foods high in proteins..Sugar causes fatigue, so does insulin resistance..so maybe include lots of green vegetables, whole grains, fruits, dairy products, in your diet for sustained energy throughout the day
Seeds like chia and flax have all important proteins, and they all have an energy time~released affect on our bodies, so I add them to my salads, yogurt, oatmeal, cereal....Oatmeal, the old fashioned type provides energy because of the B vitamins...I add 4 walnuts to protect my heart, and blueberries for fiber.
Processed ingredients just zap energy and so do sugar and additives....instead an apple a day may just really help keep the doctor away but it can also boost energy.
Eggs and blueberries, strawberries and avocados are energy boosters too. If you've just got to have that crunch, steer clear of potato chips and packaged popcorn, air pop your own....snack foods can kill your energy levels.
Maybe try 1/2 Avocado with stuffed crabmeat 4 ounces crabmeat with a tad of mayo on a bed of lettuce about 6 carbs on your lunch break or...
Make your own Bento Box....2 hard boiled eggs, 4 whole grain Wasa Crackers, 1/4 cup of hummus, 6 baby carrots, English Cucumber stix, 1 Ounce or 1 square of Dark over 70% Cocoa, 1 apple quartered
I take CoQ10 also...CoQ10 is good for the heart and it can help you combat fatigue...Consult one of your doctor's for guidance.
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I believe some who diet cut too many calories and cut out food groups which can lead to feeling fatigue. This makes it hard to stick to a diet along with getting hungry. Better to set up a balanced plan that can still allow weight loss but fills you with energy.
When I keep things balanced, the fatigue is absent. I balance nutrients in what I eat as well as balancing sleep, exercise, stress, and fun. I have some medical issues that lead to fatigue, so it's even more important to me to keep things balanced to avoid the fatigue that life can bring.
I have long noticed a relationship between fatigue and nutrition, but it isn't necessarily just one causing the other. Sometimes it is in reverse. The days I am particularly fatigued, even tho' I am not so active (not overly active anyway) then I tend to be a lot more hungry (as opposed to larger appetite), and at times it can cause a craving for something(s) sweet and/or fatty (like in chocolate-based.) Other times, and for me this isn't very often, if I don't get in loads of fruit/veges in a day I will also suffer a bit from fatigue.
As a healthcare professional, do you work night work? If so, I found that this tended to cause fatigue, especially if I had done a 6hr day shift, then gone home to get dinner for the family and snatch a couple hours sleep, then back for a full-on night shift! Many-a-time after work I would take my young son to the hairdresser to get his hair cut, and I would end up snoring my head off in the chair. The hairdresser and my son would wake me up laughing at me - (altho' occasionally my snoring would wake me up.)
When I stopped working like that the fatigue went, until a few years later and I ended up with a head injury which still affects me :-(
I'm wondering if anybody out there sees any relationship between what you eat and how tired or energized you feel. Obviously, other factors come into account, such as exercise and sleep, and I'm curious to hear what you have to say about those and the relationship you see with those and your fatigue, too. I've been extremely tired lately and am wondering if I could find some correlation with diet and activities. I'm a healthcare professional, so I understand medical issues that can manifest as fatigue, so I'm not looking for any type of advice or input medically related. I'm just curious how different diet approaches affect different peoples energy levels and maybe being able to use some of that information to help my energy levels.
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