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Hack my lifestyle! Why am i crashing?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 15, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Im 24. Over the past few months I took up paleo, lost tons of weight, and became extremely active doing an Insanity program and, more recently, distance running. I have celiac disease so paleo worked great for me.

However, the past few weeks i have started to feel off. I eat tons of grassfed meat and wildcaught fish and leafy greens and other vegetables. But I started to get a brain fog, almost like I've been glutened. I can't think well and Im really mopey and depressed. I feel less functional at work. Im beginning to wonder if my 5k's, Insanity, and no carb diet are causing me to crash, because I cant figure out what I ate that would have trace amounts of gluten in it. My athletic performance is going downhill too. I died after 1 mile yesterday.

What's wrong with me?

E751dbb140aecc9479b9248891edf584

(101)

on November 24, 2012
at 03:43 PM

I agree on rest. I take a week off every once in a while and see my performance sky rocket when I come back. Sometimes you just need to chill out and recover. Stick to things like walking the dog/baby, a low-intensity jog or a few push ups and air squats just to keep things moving. Nothing more intense.

411aecb48d3f3f9626b7f04eef8a7619

(20)

on October 22, 2012
at 01:47 AM

I hear ya - been there, done that. Glad to hear that adding carbs helped. Regular refeeds may not be a bad idea unless you're not too apprehensive to increase your daily intake and fiddle with the numbers until you find the level at which you look and feel your best. Good luck with finding your personal sweet spot.

61c3d2c07376ee667da321cc20a1e94b

(466)

on October 21, 2012
at 03:20 PM

No, I was having so much success losing weight I got all caught up in minimizing my carbs. I guess after going down two jean sizes I don't have any more fat to lose and I started crashing.

61c3d2c07376ee667da321cc20a1e94b

(466)

on October 21, 2012
at 03:17 PM

Okay, so I took a week off and decided to increase my carb intake (added two bananas) as an experiment even though I wasn't working out. My energy levels went straight up, my brain fog went away, and I returned to being highly productive at work. This morning I ran 2.5 miles and conquered it. So I guess you all were right. It was a combination of overtraining and lack of carb intake. I might have overcompensated my carb intake this week, so I got to find a balance between diet and working out so I don't get fat again.

8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

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on October 15, 2012
at 07:34 PM

Overtraining. This is exactly what happened to me and it took weeks and weeks to get over. Repent!

D8612a7c536e74f9855b70d8e97919b5

(1042)

on October 15, 2012
at 06:01 PM

Both, at the moment. I already had some plain iodized table salt at work so I use that during the day. At home, I have "nicer" salts like sea salt and Himalayan pink salt. I upped my iodine intake a few months back via seaweed, but I still had afternoon crashes at work that the salt seems to be helping with.

61c3d2c07376ee667da321cc20a1e94b

(466)

on October 15, 2012
at 05:56 PM

Do you do iodized salt or kosher salt?

61c3d2c07376ee667da321cc20a1e94b

(466)

on October 15, 2012
at 05:50 PM

I will let you know... I'll come back here Saturday.

Ac04066a888a3f0b66f9a2935a6117c3

(315)

on October 15, 2012
at 05:39 PM

I am curious to know your results after adding carbs. My level of activity is similar to yours and have been considering cutting out all "paleo carbs" as well.

61c3d2c07376ee667da321cc20a1e94b

(466)

on October 15, 2012
at 05:31 PM

Zero carbs may be a slight exaggeration... but for the past few weeks I did stop eating fruit and other "paleo carbs" and mostly stuck with vegetables and meat. But I guess you're right, for my level of activity, I'm sure my body is not getting what it needs...

211d4075d68b24cd0aa7ebfa94262bb9

on October 15, 2012
at 05:19 PM

What's wrong with you is that you aren't eating carbs.

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Ac04066a888a3f0b66f9a2935a6117c3

(315)

on October 15, 2012
at 05:22 PM

This happens to me occasionally and it took me a few times to figure out that I was exhausted/overtraining. For me, the biggest indicator is feeling mopey or depressed as that is very out of character for me normally.

My suggestion would be to take a week off from intense excercise. If you need to be active, replace it with mellow walks, yoga or a light swim...let your body rest! Then all the other standard stuff: continue to eat healthy, lots of rest and drink plenty of water. Avoid caffeine and consider upping your carbs and seeing how this makes you feel. I add Maca Powder to my diet to help my adrenal glands but this is a personal preference.

See how you feel after your week of rest and don't be afraid to take another one. Overexhaustion can take awhile to come back from and it can also cause permanent damage so take your time adding back in your intense workouts.

Edit: When you say zero carbs? what does that mean? As an active person, you should definitely try adding more into your diet.

Ac04066a888a3f0b66f9a2935a6117c3

(315)

on October 15, 2012
at 05:39 PM

I am curious to know your results after adding carbs. My level of activity is similar to yours and have been considering cutting out all "paleo carbs" as well.

61c3d2c07376ee667da321cc20a1e94b

(466)

on October 15, 2012
at 05:31 PM

Zero carbs may be a slight exaggeration... but for the past few weeks I did stop eating fruit and other "paleo carbs" and mostly stuck with vegetables and meat. But I guess you're right, for my level of activity, I'm sure my body is not getting what it needs...

61c3d2c07376ee667da321cc20a1e94b

(466)

on October 15, 2012
at 05:50 PM

I will let you know... I'll come back here Saturday.

E751dbb140aecc9479b9248891edf584

(101)

on November 24, 2012
at 03:43 PM

I agree on rest. I take a week off every once in a while and see my performance sky rocket when I come back. Sometimes you just need to chill out and recover. Stick to things like walking the dog/baby, a low-intensity jog or a few push ups and air squats just to keep things moving. Nothing more intense.

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on October 15, 2012
at 05:48 PM

Even Mark Sisson, Mr. Primal Blueprint, eats 100 grams or so a day of carbs. Mark works out intensely a few times a week too. My guess is you are under carbed and over trained. You need to find some balance between workouts and carbs. I increase carbs post workout and on resting days cut WAY back on carbs. Try resting as others have recommended and increasing carbs on workout days.

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D8612a7c536e74f9855b70d8e97919b5

(1042)

on October 15, 2012
at 05:26 PM

I recently dramatically increased my salt intake and I feel better in general. So far, my afternoon crashes have mostly gone away. I take in some salt throughout the day instead of just at mealtimes, and I make sure to get plenty of salt with me meals. I give credit to this thread:

http://paleohacks.com/questions/130718/the-great-n1-salt-experiment-aka-how-i-found-the-final-piece-to-my-energy-puzzl#axzz29ODs9NmF

61c3d2c07376ee667da321cc20a1e94b

(466)

on October 15, 2012
at 05:56 PM

Do you do iodized salt or kosher salt?

D8612a7c536e74f9855b70d8e97919b5

(1042)

on October 15, 2012
at 06:01 PM

Both, at the moment. I already had some plain iodized table salt at work so I use that during the day. At home, I have "nicer" salts like sea salt and Himalayan pink salt. I upped my iodine intake a few months back via seaweed, but I still had afternoon crashes at work that the salt seems to be helping with.

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2e1591c76896828077b930de5107f1af

on October 15, 2012
at 05:50 PM

maybe its time for a carb refeed, it will get you back on track

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Aa980538051add291860e4602585352c

(193)

on October 15, 2012
at 05:45 PM

Your body needs the carbohyrates. Eat them!

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411aecb48d3f3f9626b7f04eef8a7619

on October 16, 2012
at 04:35 AM

I agree with the above comments that you need everything mentioned - salt, rest, and carbs - just wanted to add that you're likely low on potassium as well, as many low carbers are. Jacked up electrolytes can wreak havoc on even a sloth, so with your activity level, it's no wonder you feel like crap. You could easily be hypoglycemic as well. Are you punishing yourself for something?

411aecb48d3f3f9626b7f04eef8a7619

(20)

on October 22, 2012
at 01:47 AM

I hear ya - been there, done that. Glad to hear that adding carbs helped. Regular refeeds may not be a bad idea unless you're not too apprehensive to increase your daily intake and fiddle with the numbers until you find the level at which you look and feel your best. Good luck with finding your personal sweet spot.

61c3d2c07376ee667da321cc20a1e94b

(466)

on October 21, 2012
at 03:20 PM

No, I was having so much success losing weight I got all caught up in minimizing my carbs. I guess after going down two jean sizes I don't have any more fat to lose and I started crashing.

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on October 15, 2012
at 06:37 PM

"However, the past few weeks i have started to feel off."

"Zero carbs may be a slight exaggeration... but for the past few weeks I did stop eating fruit and other "paleo carbs" and mostly stuck with vegetables and meat."

I have taken the time to copy and paste a quote from your OP, and one from a response you wrote to a comment. I will leave them here for you to read over and analyze, for your answer might be within your own words.

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