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    I usually fast until around 13:00 drinking only water, and then have my daily salad for lunch. As far as I am aware it's primal, with high fat and fairly low carb (the avocado has the most carbohydrate but without it how would I get enough fat?), but I still feel as though I could literally fall asleep sitting at my computer desk at work as soon as 30 minutes to an hour afterwards. Is there a reason for this?

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  • #2
    There's also often half a red pepper chopped up in there!

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    • #3
      The carb calculation seems off to me. 25g in one avocado? :/

      Have you tried eating a small breakfast in the morning or a small snack at your desk when you get to work? Also are you getting enough sleep? do you still feel tired when you get home from work?
      Last edited by StoneAgeQueen; 05-06-2011, 05:09 AM.

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      • #4
        How long have you been doing this? What about the rest of your day? Any metabolic issues? Any cardiovascular issues? Exercise? Did you adapt to low carb before starting IF?

        Or maybe your job is just boring
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        • #5
          Just try to cheer up a bit.

          Some grams of alcohol, maybe add to your chart there.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by StoneAgeQueen View Post
            The carb calculation seems off to me. 25g in one avocado? :/

            Have you tried eating a small breakfast in the morning or a small snack at your desk when you get to work? Also are you getting enough sleep? do you still feel tired when you get home from work?
            The carb calculation does seem a bit high. I went back and looked at the carbs in a California (dark skin) Avocado and it only has 11.8g, I doubt there could be that much of a difference?

            I've not tried eating a small breakfast before work but I could try that tomorrow and see how I get on.

            As for sleep on a bad night I'll get about 6 hours but most nights I get between 7 and 8 hours. After I get over the 'blues' I'm not really tired for the rest of the day until bed time!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by peril View Post
              How long have you been doing this? What about the rest of your day? Any metabolic issues? Any cardiovascular issues? Exercise? Did you adapt to low carb before starting IF?

              Or maybe your job is just boring
              Haha my job certainly is boring!

              I only started doing this at the beginning of last week, mainly because I found that I was struggling to get up early enough to make a breakfast! But I don't find that I struggle to last until 13:00 at all, I wouldn't say I'm starving myself. As for the rest of my day, I finish work any time from 17:00-18:00, have dinner around 19:00 and only exercise is walking the dog - I struggle to motivate myself to do much more.

              I'm not aware of any metabolic or cardiovascular issues - would I need to ask for an overall health check-up at the doctor for that?

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              • #8
                If you've only been doing this for a week, you're suffering from the 'carb flu'. You'll get over it. Could take anywhere from a few more days to a few weeks (for me it was about 3 weeks).

                In the meantime, maybe cheat and have a cup of black coffee after lunch to keep you going past 3:00?

                Is your lunch time at work long enough to get out for a walk around the block? If not, sneak off to a private space and do a few pushups and squats for 5 minutes.
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                • #9
                  No, I've been doing this for 4 months and the same thing happens to me. I've tried more carbs, less carbs, more fat less fat and still get the post lunch sag. Less fat seemed to help the most.

                  Overall I am finding, contrary to most on this forum I do NOT do well with large meals regardless of composition. I was someone who discovered mini meals a decade before CW made it popular and I might go back
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                  • #10
                    I am a grazer too. I can usually wait til midmorning before I eat, but after that, I need to give myself permission to eat when I want to.
                    Karin

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                    • #11
                      I am the same way, with the exception of breakfast. I can eat a fairly large breakfast (post workout on workout days) and be good to go. I keep the rest of my meals fairly small. I have found upping carb intake helps a lot on days I am really feeling down, but since you are only a week into it I don't suggest trying it. Sounds to me like you are just experiencing carb flu, give it time. As others suggested a real quick workout does wonders, just to get the blood flowing.
                      “To insure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.” - William Londen

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                      • #12
                        Try being one of "those people" and bring an exercise ball in to sub out your regular desk chair with. While it's still nice to keep your regular chair, swapping to the ball for an hour or so a few times a day can help keep your body moving and active which will help keep your mind in the same position.
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                        • #13
                          Omg I wanna be one of "those" people.

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                          • #14
                            I sometimes still get the afternoon blues after lunch. I can't tack it to any one cause, but it seems to not happen when I just have protein and fat for lunch. Some pork + avocado, chicken breast + avocado, flank steak + avocado, etc., keeps me peppy until I get home.

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