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Why am I Sleepy after eating high protein breakfast?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 21, 2011 at 4:24 PM

I need some help. I get very sleepy after breakfast. I wake up feeling great. Clear headed, good energy. Breakfast is always meat and eggs and veggies. I shoot for 50+ grams of protein. I end up feeling foggy and tired, feels like low blood sugar.

So my question is, why am I sleepy after this breakfast?

And part 2 would be, what can I do about it?

Thanks in advance!

EDIT: I have lost over 120#, but still weigh ~320. I lift weights 2 or 3 times per week, and eat very low carb.

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on October 28, 2011
at 07:14 PM

This worked affine. Thanks!

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on October 21, 2011
at 11:58 PM

Thanks for the answer Futureboy. I have eaten nothing but a 8 ounce sirloin and still had the issue and it was cooked in a Foreman grill with no additioal fats or oils. I know I am NOT alergic to beef. :) However, thanks for the reminder to eat fermented stuff for gut health! Jut had some sauerkraut.

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on October 21, 2011
at 11:07 PM

Thanks for this! Great answer! I'm going to try this tomorrow morning and see what happens.

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on October 21, 2011
at 05:50 PM

I been having the same feeling and figured I needed to increase the carbs at my breakfast. Right now I'm doing bacon and eggs and either a grapefruit or an orange. I was thinking of adding some hash brown potatoes.

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on October 21, 2011
at 05:03 PM

Interesting! I'm constantly trying to heal my gut but I want to do it without kefir or dairy. Would sauerkraut make a mold allergy worse?

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on October 21, 2011
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First check out finger sugar before and after breakfast. If thats hypoglycemia, you probably need to reduce breakfast size. If not, then it might be alergy. In my case, it was hypoglicemia, but it passed.

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on October 21, 2011
at 04:38 PM

I used to have the same feeling. I pinned it down to an egg intolerance. I used to feel hungover, even on days that I didn't drink the night before, if I ate cooked eggs. I used to get diarrhea if I ate them raw.

After being on a gut-healing protocol, and then adding in goat's milk kefir, creme fraiche, greek yogurt, lacto-fermented pickles, kim-chi and sauer kraut, I can now eat as many raw eggs as I choose.

I suppose my intolerance is gone?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on October 21, 2011
at 11:58 PM

Thanks for the answer Futureboy. I have eaten nothing but a 8 ounce sirloin and still had the issue and it was cooked in a Foreman grill with no additioal fats or oils. I know I am NOT alergic to beef. :) However, thanks for the reminder to eat fermented stuff for gut health! Jut had some sauerkraut.

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on October 21, 2011
at 05:03 PM

Interesting! I'm constantly trying to heal my gut but I want to do it without kefir or dairy. Would sauerkraut make a mold allergy worse?

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on October 21, 2011
at 06:02 PM

This is my first post here, so it may not be as enlightening as a hardcore user. Bare with me!

I can almost definitely say (without knowing any other information) that it's your lack of carbs. Adding beans to my breakfast, as weird as that sounds to some people, helped tremendously. It gave me just enough energy to get things done. Portioning is pretty easy, too.

Get a load of this: my doctor has asked me to stop my low-carb/high-protein diet. I have Hashimoto's thyroiditis which causes hypothyroidism, and too much protein with too few carbs can temporarily ruin my body's ability to absorb T3 hormones from my thyroid (which is the most important when it comes to fat loss.) Hypothyroidism led to reduced sleep, which led to the irregular production of cortisol. Too much or too little cortisol really screws things up with thyroidal hormones. I have gained about 14lbs in the past 3 weeks while on an almost-paleo diet while I had previously lost 20lbs in the past months. During my research on this, I've read it in some places that even people without thyroid problems have issues with diets high in protein!

Good for you losing so much weight! Take it easy though on the whole high-protein/low-carb rhetoric. Everything in moderation :)

Edit: Oh, and please note I'm not saying you have a thyroid problems. Irregular cortisol can lead to trouble losing weight, which doesn't have too much to do with the thyroid in itself. Your body does burn the most carbs during the morning, which is also more than likely why.

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on October 21, 2011
at 11:07 PM

Thanks for this! Great answer! I'm going to try this tomorrow morning and see what happens.

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on October 28, 2011
at 07:14 PM

This worked affine. Thanks!

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