Important to get fast acting carbs, b-vitamins and some sodium immediately post-workout for optimal recovery, if missing on this crucial point you may feel yourself shitty...
That's definitely a lot of training. I could see why VLC/LC wasn't working for you. If nothing else, primal/paleo has really introduced the idea of "find what works for you". It took me a while to figure out what my body likes and doesn't like and how much and what I have to eat to feel my best.
Glad you figured things out, too bad you can't enjoy eggs and coconut
I just wanted to share with you that shortly before the age of 19, I came down with a mysterious illness. The symptoms were vague and in the beginning, sometimes the only ones were severe fatigue and post extertional malaise. I had so many lab tests come back normal. I had some doctors tell me I was depressed or anxious despite family members coming to appointments with me and explaining something wasn't right. Luckily, I had just as many doctors who believed me, but just didn't know what was wrong. Hearing I wasn't crazy helped a lot. I also think it helped a lot that my family members believed me and could see a difference in me on "good" days versus "bad" days. It proved to me what I knew; this is not in my head. I am aware anxiety/depression can also make people look awful, but typically it doesn't only make them look awful after they've been active/running errands and not any other time.
Anyways, I tried everything. I tried every sort of diet you can imagine. I tried every sort of exercise schedule you can imagine. I tried all sorts of supplements. I tried all sorts of prescriptions. None of it helped significantly. Yes, I could function on a surface level, but I felt awful doing it. Eventually, my body gave out. Finally, right before my 23rd birthday, I was diagnosed with dysautonomia called POTS and I have other problems I've discovered since.
My point: You know your body. I knew something was wrong and no matter how many doctors said it was in my head, I kept pushing for the 4 years it took to get a diagnosis. You should do the same if you truly feel something is not right.
Oh -- problem solved. Awesome
Last edited by JackieM; 09-19-2013 at 10:08 PM.
I agree that an elimination diet would be great to start with.
I just can't imagine what you could be missing in this diet that you would get by adding wheat, sugar, and refined oils back in.
I am intolerant to nuts, eggs, dairy and nightshades. So I actually felt worse in many ways when I started paleo until I got those foods out.
Do you have any other symptoms other than fatigue?
ETA: Ooops! Missed the fact that you solved your problem. Good work! It stinks that it's eggs. I hate not being able to eat eggs.
Last edited by jammies; 09-19-2013 at 10:07 PM.
Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )
I explained my experience with unexplained fatigue. I also wanted to add that it turns out I am allergic to gluten and dairy and intolerant to soy and egg. I tried elimination diets (just eliminating target food) and could never get anywhere. Now this makes sense -- I was eating so many other foods I am allergic/intolerant to and as a result, constantly experiencing reactions, that the reintroduction of the target food didn't make much of a difference in symptoms. My allergies were not the source of my debilitating symptoms, but for many they are, and I definitely feel better overall when I avoid them.