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Feel like CRAP in the mornings

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 29, 2012 at 10:55 AM

It takes me forever to get going in the mornings, and I feel like I've been run over by a truck. My biggest problem is that my breathing is very heavy and I can barely walk down my stairs without feeling like I've run a marathon. I'm also quite hungry upon waking. This passes and I feel normal throughout the day. I eat paleo and workout 3x per week. I also get lots of sleep and I'm generally stress-free. Anyone else experience similar symptoms? Should I be eating more before bed perhaps??

B2cadbf43bddfbb523b8a53155656188

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on March 01, 2012
at 11:46 PM

I used to feel like this when eating SAD. Then after switching to Paleo, I felt amazing! But it has suddenly come back... and I think I have boiled it down to 2 causes: not enough carbs and "cheat day karma". I tend to be extra sensitive to SAD foods these days so after the occasional weekend of indulgence it takes me a while to feel like myself again.

B2cadbf43bddfbb523b8a53155656188

(548)

on March 01, 2012
at 11:44 PM

Thank you everyone for the advice. I really think this is a carb issue. I have added small amounts of sweet potato/squash back into my diet

B2cadbf43bddfbb523b8a53155656188

(548)

on March 01, 2012
at 11:42 PM

I don't wake up feeling tired per se, it's a feeling of extreme weakness. I do wake up a few times during the night if my baby cries but that's something I can't control ;)

8487a2f7fb8be0a568275667af0794c8

(494)

on March 01, 2012
at 12:57 PM

Don't do bananas, too much of an insulin shock if your goal is weight loss. Stick with squash, pumpkin,carrots and sweet potatoes

0607529af9b78bb5b178f7ffabdc4693

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on March 01, 2012
at 05:55 AM

You indeed may want to experiment with the amount of carbs you're eating to see if it changes your symptoms, but I think "enough" is dependent on your current weight and your weight objectives. Do what you have to do to get to where you need to be while remaining open to a course correction.

B2cadbf43bddfbb523b8a53155656188

(548)

on February 29, 2012
at 09:01 PM

I think I will try increasing carbs, but I'd really like to stay on the lower end (aiming for weight loss). I guess one banana or a small sweet potato won't hurt.

B2cadbf43bddfbb523b8a53155656188

(548)

on February 29, 2012
at 08:59 PM

I used to feel sluggish at all times of the day when eating SAD, but felt great when going paleo. It may be that I'm coming down with something...

B2cadbf43bddfbb523b8a53155656188

(548)

on February 29, 2012
at 08:58 PM

I've been eating paleo for a few months, with the occasional cheat weekend. However, I used to eat high protein, moderate carb, moderate fat. I recently switched to higher fat, a lot less protein than I was used to, low carb.

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on February 29, 2012
at 06:06 PM

Have you always had this issue, or did it start when you began eating Paleo?

8487a2f7fb8be0a568275667af0794c8

(494)

on February 29, 2012
at 03:17 PM

Its time to get your sweet potato on. For a side at dinner I usually make a vegetable hash with carrots, sweet potato, mushrooms, onions in coconut oil or leftover stew broth, a dash of paprika, some chili pepper, salt and your set:) Helps me feel energized when I wake up. I too tried low carb and couldn't get off the couch even though I'm not that active to begin with.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on February 29, 2012
at 01:16 PM

PaleoGal : that's really low-carb. Your breakfast and dinner have almost zero carbs, and I wouldn't count veggie carbs either...

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on February 29, 2012
at 01:15 PM

"I don't necessarily think that the hardcore paleo people will agree with me" I don't think hardcore paleo = low-carb. I think hard-core paleo = raw organ meat fest + leafy greens giant salad bar. Also, while I agree carbs should be increased, veggies are not really a source of carbs... Unless you mean starchy veggies.

Bfddc0ab925c8ea0e0c2e87198514907

on February 29, 2012
at 01:13 PM

Try a bit of NUTRIENT DENSE carbohydrate - fruit, REAL honey, sweet potato etc and see how you feel. Stay off the grains and the refined starches/sugars though, obviously.

B2cadbf43bddfbb523b8a53155656188

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on February 29, 2012
at 11:29 AM

I am trying high fat, low carb so maybe that's the issue. Typical day: breakfast - 3 eggs fried in coconut oil / lunch - a handful of meat and half avacado / dinner - 4 ounces meat protein and a plateful of veggies sauteed in coconut oil / snack- a few nuts

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8487a2f7fb8be0a568275667af0794c8

on February 29, 2012
at 11:17 AM

I remember being quite lethargic when my carbs were too low. Whats a typical meal plan?

8487a2f7fb8be0a568275667af0794c8

(494)

on February 29, 2012
at 03:17 PM

Its time to get your sweet potato on. For a side at dinner I usually make a vegetable hash with carrots, sweet potato, mushrooms, onions in coconut oil or leftover stew broth, a dash of paprika, some chili pepper, salt and your set:) Helps me feel energized when I wake up. I too tried low carb and couldn't get off the couch even though I'm not that active to begin with.

Bfddc0ab925c8ea0e0c2e87198514907

on February 29, 2012
at 01:13 PM

Try a bit of NUTRIENT DENSE carbohydrate - fruit, REAL honey, sweet potato etc and see how you feel. Stay off the grains and the refined starches/sugars though, obviously.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on February 29, 2012
at 01:16 PM

PaleoGal : that's really low-carb. Your breakfast and dinner have almost zero carbs, and I wouldn't count veggie carbs either...

B2cadbf43bddfbb523b8a53155656188

(548)

on February 29, 2012
at 11:29 AM

I am trying high fat, low carb so maybe that's the issue. Typical day: breakfast - 3 eggs fried in coconut oil / lunch - a handful of meat and half avacado / dinner - 4 ounces meat protein and a plateful of veggies sauteed in coconut oil / snack- a few nuts

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0607529af9b78bb5b178f7ffabdc4693

on March 01, 2012
at 05:46 AM

You may or may not get any mileage out of this, but I was feeling the same in the morning recently (hit by a truck, physically weak) after a decent period of being VLC. Researching these symptoms will take you down the road into adrenal issues, which took me down the road to vitamin C. This popped up over and over again. Adrenals aside, I didn't even have to go back through he food logs to know that my C intake had been negligible. On a lark I got a bottle of liposomal C and started taking 6000mg a day, split 3x/day. Within 3 days I was feeling radically better in the morning and throughout the rest of the day as well. I intentionally changed as little else as possible, so the C itself had either a direct or placebo effect.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on February 29, 2012
at 02:45 PM

You sound dehydrated to me.

Can you drink more water in the evenings? Keep a glass of water next to your bed?

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8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

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on February 29, 2012
at 02:16 PM

I was this way when I ate carbs, so people's Mileage May Vary. Have you ever taken a salivary cortisol test? People who have different cortisol pattern may have low cortisol in the mornings and have difficulty getting going.

B2cadbf43bddfbb523b8a53155656188

(548)

on February 29, 2012
at 08:59 PM

I used to feel sluggish at all times of the day when eating SAD, but felt great when going paleo. It may be that I'm coming down with something...

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C0b40f1cb191e6e63755b8c6ba6130c4

on February 29, 2012
at 12:25 PM

You're not eating enough carbs. Consumer more in the form of veggies spread out throughout the day. I don't necessarily think that the hardcore paleo people will agree with me, but I would say that your body will likely agree with me.

Also, I can't afford avocados and non-poultry meat where I live, but I'd say to ballpark your caloric intake. Use fitday or a similar site to ensure that you're getting all your vitamins and mineral in some form.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on February 29, 2012
at 01:15 PM

"I don't necessarily think that the hardcore paleo people will agree with me" I don't think hardcore paleo = low-carb. I think hard-core paleo = raw organ meat fest + leafy greens giant salad bar. Also, while I agree carbs should be increased, veggies are not really a source of carbs... Unless you mean starchy veggies.

B2cadbf43bddfbb523b8a53155656188

(548)

on February 29, 2012
at 09:01 PM

I think I will try increasing carbs, but I'd really like to stay on the lower end (aiming for weight loss). I guess one banana or a small sweet potato won't hurt.

8487a2f7fb8be0a568275667af0794c8

(494)

on March 01, 2012
at 12:57 PM

Don't do bananas, too much of an insulin shock if your goal is weight loss. Stick with squash, pumpkin,carrots and sweet potatoes

0607529af9b78bb5b178f7ffabdc4693

(701)

on March 01, 2012
at 05:55 AM

You indeed may want to experiment with the amount of carbs you're eating to see if it changes your symptoms, but I think "enough" is dependent on your current weight and your weight objectives. Do what you have to do to get to where you need to be while remaining open to a course correction.

B2cadbf43bddfbb523b8a53155656188

(548)

on March 01, 2012
at 11:44 PM

Thank you everyone for the advice. I really think this is a carb issue. I have added small amounts of sweet potato/squash back into my diet

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0266737ea1782946902fd3f8e60fa0b9

(2504)

on March 01, 2012
at 01:03 AM

Have you been evaluated for a sleep disorder? Do you snore? Have restless legs? Wake up gasping for breath? Waking up after a sufficient night's sleep and feeling fatigued is a hallmark of a sleep disorder. Might be worth a consult at a sleep clinic?

B2cadbf43bddfbb523b8a53155656188

(548)

on March 01, 2012
at 11:42 PM

I don't wake up feeling tired per se, it's a feeling of extreme weakness. I do wake up a few times during the night if my baby cries but that's something I can't control ;)

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5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

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on February 29, 2012
at 06:24 PM

How long have you been eating paleo? It sounds like you're not fully fat adjusted, and I'm suspecting you're going hypoglycemic at night. Thus the dragging and hunger on waking.

B2cadbf43bddfbb523b8a53155656188

(548)

on February 29, 2012
at 08:58 PM

I've been eating paleo for a few months, with the occasional cheat weekend. However, I used to eat high protein, moderate carb, moderate fat. I recently switched to higher fat, a lot less protein than I was used to, low carb.

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Bfddc0ab925c8ea0e0c2e87198514907

on February 29, 2012
at 01:18 PM

Try a bit of NUTRIENT DENSE carbohydrate - fruit, REAL honey, sweet potato etc and see how you feel. Stay off the grains and the refined starches/sugars though, obviously

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