Big breakfast / IF / light breakfast?

Asked on July 29, 2014
Created July 29, 2014 at 2:30 AM

I know this has been discussed before but I find it a confusing issue.

I used to eat a big dinner-style breakfast with ample beef, sweet potato, and some greens, but I found it hard to eat meat three times a day because of gallbladder pains and cramped feelings in my gut, so I switched to a light breakfast of low sugar fruit and kefir. I usually feel fine immediately after, and while I get hungrier than normal, I tide myself over till lunch with a bit of dark chocolate. Since the switch, however, I feel like I can't handle my lunch or dinner as well as I used to, and I get huge energy crashes and feel horrible right after. I feel better when I eat extra protein but it doesn't always work. I don't know if it's insulin resistance or reactive hypoglycemia or what, but it makes me fear diabetes. It's strange because I feel absolutely fine when I have something sweet after dinner but it seems harder to handle even a helping of sweet potato for lunch or dinner.

My life story aside, what works best for you? I don't think I can do intermittent fasting because I'm quite skinny and I feel very weak when I haven't eaten anything, but I think maybe the light breakfast is counterproductive. Perhaps I should try reversing my eating habits and having a light dinner. Any other underweight people have issues like this?

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