I've noticed a huge difference in my energy level as well. I also teach at the high school level, and come 3 o'clock, I am usually ready for a nap! Except, the past two weeks, I'm not. I don't know what to do with myself! I was tempted to take one today out of habit, but I didn't. And I truly haven't in the last two weeks! It's amazing!
Energy levels are all over the place for me. I work graveyard shift, so my energy is usually linked to sleep, or lack of. I do find that the more active I am, the more energy I have. But my body tends to go into hibernation mode in winter and my workouts are usually less than vigorous, lol.
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For me, I've had a lot of underlying health issues to address all at once, but mainly being on the wrong thyroid medication, post menopausal/hysterectomy hormonal issues and cortisol disruption which has made weight loss difficult.
But I also learned through food sensitivity testing, that Paleo was best for me, so I eliminated all grains and legumes. I was already GF and dairy free.
I know potatoes are a no-no and try to stick to sweet potatoes, but if I get a hankering for a couple of bites of regular potato, I don't beat myself up over it.
I also have to be very intentional with exercise. Right now I have my Grand dog for 10 days, so it will be easy to get a walk in :)
I have noticed that I have a lot of energy through the day now that I am following the Paleo diet. I am only on day 4, but my first two days I was only about 75-80% following the diet. I found that my only issue so far is that I am waking up quite early in the morning, but I am not sure if that is because I switched schedules or the fact that I am getting more sleep than I have in months!!
When I am at home with my fiance, wake up is at 4:45am, but now that I am back at the dorms, I dont have to get up until 8 or so. (I dont have class until 10 or 11, depending on the day.) But, the last couple of days, I have been getting up at 5:30-6:00 because I am completely rested.
I would workout at that hour when I get up, but the problem is dealing with living in a dorm with 3 roommates, and the fact that the workout room in the building doesnt open until 8. That is when it does open. This morning I went down at 8:30 and it still wasnt open. I was seriously annoyed.
But starting next week, there is a new workout building opening across the street that is free to students. I plan on going and joining a free class or two so that I have something to do in the evenings. I read on the schedule that they have Zumba 5 nights a week in the evening, and I have been thinking about trying a Zumba class. Even if I take the class just 2 days a week, it would be an improvement over the little walking and basic exercise that I do now.
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I've been under my doctor's care for Adrenal Exhaustion since early October. It has been debilitating at times. My cortisol was very low upon awakening, instead of where it should be (highest in the a.m.) I would do a "slow wake-up" and finally feel a measure of alertness by about noon. Only problem is, my day is done at 2:30 (High School Special Ed).
Granted, I am on a healing protocol that is quite extensive, but I just wanted to share how much my ALL DAY LONG energy has increased in the last week alone, from following the Paleo Diet (at approx. 85-90%) Sleeping finally at night...good daytime energy. Working on stress reduction. In other words "BALANCE."
You guys have helped to hold me steady and to make wiser choices...just knowing you are there. Thank you!
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