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    So lately I have way more energy when I don't eat. Like insane amounts of energy--but a few minutes after I eat, I'm just exhausted and want to take a nap. I'm not really eating differently than before so I don't know what's up. I think I should also mention that I hardly ever have an appetite. I eat more because I feel like I should as opposed to because I'm hungry...because I'm never really hungry. My bf has been trying to get me to eat more lately, so I'v e been trying to do that a little bit, but if that's what's making me exhausted then I'm not sure how it's beneficial. I've tried looking up information on this myself but haven't come up with much. As an example: This morning I got up and had more energy than I've had in a long time. After a couple of hours I had breakfast, which was 2 eggs and 2 pieces of bacon cooked in a couple tablespoons of butter, thrown over a ton of lettuce. I put some salsa on top and also had a cup of coffee with some heavy cream. About half an hour later I felt exhausted and now I just want to sleep. Any thoughts?
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    what does your exercise look like and how much are you sleeping?

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    I rock climb 3-4 days a week, yoga almost every day, run/sprint once a week or so. I sleep maybe 8 hours a night? Something around there. I'm unemployed right now so I don't have a set time I wake up every morning or anything, but I usually wake up around 9:30 and fall asleep around 12-1 at night.
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    You may have some adrenal issues. When your adrenals are low you can have trouble digesting proteins. Maybe see what happens if you eat less protein at once.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mom5booklover View Post
    You may have some adrenal issues. When your adrenals are low you can have trouble digesting proteins. Maybe see what happens if you eat less protein at once.
    Interesting, hadn't thought of that. Well I just had another meal maybe 20 minutes ago and it had mostly carbs and less fat and protein, as opposed to breakfast which was obviously very low carb and heavier on the fat and protein. I actually feel more energized now...so maybe I need more carbs and less fat and/or protein? Guess I'll just wait a bit more and see if I get tired lol
    Last edited by Clymb; 08-07-2012 at 02:57 PM.
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    Add some carb sources. Seems like you're doing a lot of activity (I don't really know, is it a lot of work to rock climb 3-4 times a week?--I would think so). Add something, maybe like sweet potatoes or fruit. Don't be scared of good carb sources if you're a)doing a lot of exercise and b) you're not very overweight.
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    I have the same thing~ plenty of energy until I eat. Then I just bog down. So I Fast-5~ do all my eating at the end of the day, when the only thing left to do is relax. Maybe my *operating system* is like Windows Vista~ can only do one thing at a time

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    hmm...I have a very similar issue. I started doing the leangains fast until noon-1pmish and I have tons of energy from themoment I wake up until I eat. When I eat I tend to slow down quite a bit and even get tired if I eat heavy. I find that it helps if I simply reduce the size of my meals. I honestly feel like my body just doesn't need all of the food I typically give it due to my westernized upbringing. I don't actively try to restrict calories or anything but If I eat a lot I get super sleepy and foggy, if I cut back on the food a little I tend to be very energized and alert. My body will let me know when it needs more I guess, right now it seems to be saying it has plenty of nutrients.

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    I seem to be the same way to a degree... but I can't go too long or eat too little, or it bogs me down that way too. :-/

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    So why do you guys think we have more energy when we don't eat? I feel like if I only ate what I actually feel I needed to eat, that I would I be consuming very little nutrients.
    "The mountains are calling and I must go."
    --John Muir


    "I don't know what's wrong with me, but I love this shit."
    --Tommy Caldwell


    ‎"Think like a geek. Eat like a hunter. Train like a fighter. Look like a model. Live beyond."
    --Hyperlithic

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