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Why am I crashing during the day?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 04, 2013 at 7:34 PM

I am crashing around 1:30-2:00pm almost every day. I have been paleo for about 60 days. I am not eating fruit or nuts at the moment because I am trying to shed some weight. I also do not eat any dairy. I eat bacon and eggs most mornings, some animal or fish protein and avocados for lunch and a similar dinner usually with a salad added to it. I crossfit 4-5 days a week. After lunch at 11:30 daily I feel fine until around 1:30-2:00pm when I just crash. I can barely keep my eyes open. Does anybody have any guesses as to why this is happening?

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on April 04, 2013
at 10:52 PM

That's because you are superhuman UncleLongHair. ;) I'm trying to find the study I ready about it, it was correlated with eating lunch, and lowering in energy to digest properly. The days I don't have the dip are the one's where I eat a big ass breakfast like steak and eggs, and then go all the way to dinner without eating again, so the lunch hypothesis seems good to me.

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on April 04, 2013
at 10:26 PM

Since going Paleo I have great energy all day, even when I skeip breakfast or lunch, but then crash pretty hard at 9-10pm.

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on April 04, 2013
at 08:02 PM

@Bertusflow besides sweet potatoes there's: mostly starch(cassava, taro, true yams, potatoes), starch+sugar:(winter squashes of all kinds, parsnips), sugar:(beets, carrots). Just find a root or tuber. Cook it. Eat it. :-)

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on April 04, 2013
at 07:57 PM

My post workout meal is dinner and it's usually a salad, animal or fish protein and avocado. No fruit. So probably not. I do not like sweet potatoes so I do not know what to eat to add some good carbs back into my diet.

580cff21541e3694d275dcc87f96264f

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on April 04, 2013
at 07:52 PM

7-8 hours of sleep.

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on April 04, 2013
at 07:48 PM

How much sleep do you get at night?

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10f6f47a7cfd16e24b9ba5d6bb44ec64

on April 04, 2013
at 07:52 PM

Do you get enough carbs from fruit or starchy sources after working out? It seems like 4-5 days of crossfit a week on very little carbs would be difficult.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on April 04, 2013
at 08:02 PM

@Bertusflow besides sweet potatoes there's: mostly starch(cassava, taro, true yams, potatoes), starch+sugar:(winter squashes of all kinds, parsnips), sugar:(beets, carrots). Just find a root or tuber. Cook it. Eat it. :-)

580cff21541e3694d275dcc87f96264f

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on April 04, 2013
at 07:57 PM

My post workout meal is dinner and it's usually a salad, animal or fish protein and avocado. No fruit. So probably not. I do not like sweet potatoes so I do not know what to eat to add some good carbs back into my diet.

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on April 04, 2013
at 10:57 PM

You didn't complain of being ill and you indicated you're getting 7-8 hours of sleep, so that would narrow it to quality of sleep, possible dehydration/electrolyte imbalance (given your restrictive food sources and heavy activity) or difficulty switching from burning the food you ate to burning fat stores. It also occurred to me that it could just be that you're digesting your lunch which would be a natural time to rest.

If you have uninterrupted sleep for 7-8 hours and wake up alert with plenty of energy, we can kind of eliminate sleep quality but some imbalance is still possible. I'll give you a personal example. I was recently more active than usual, in warm conditions, and I had an afternoon crash. Drinking water didn't restore my energy, although it did relieve my acute dehydration, but eating a banana helped immensely. I rebounded almost immediately. So, the next day I took a water and banana break and had no crash.

I'm not saying you should eat a banana but if you're regularly crashing you should either schedule a nap or eat/drink a paleo-friendly energy source to preempt the crash.

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on April 04, 2013
at 08:46 PM

How much protein are you eating at 11:30?? If you eat a big lunch, that might cause you to feel tired, but at the same time, if you're not eating enough, you might feel tired as well. In order to figure this out, use yourself as your own "lab rat"... Try increasing your protein consumption at lunch (increasing it tends to work for me, keeps me focused until the evening) and see if that makes you tired and visa versa. Also, always have a nice large bottle of ice cold water as that generally helps me stay focused and energized as well.

Also, try switching up your avocado at lunch. Maybe try some butternut squash or spaghetti squash with that fish, or some greens and artichoke hearts... Sometimes a meal too heavy in fat can cause drowsiness as well.

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on April 05, 2013
at 12:23 AM

You may not be drinking enough water and not feeding your body enough to keep up with the amount of energy you are exerting. You could consider taking a protein shake supplement an hour before your workout maybe? Increasing carbs has already been mentioned.

Also, if you aren't eating some sort of fermented food like kombucha, kefir, sauerkraut etc, you should look into it. It's EXTREMELY important and may be your missing link.

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on April 04, 2013
at 10:28 PM

I'm having this exact same issue at almost the exact same time. Around 3 I can hardly keep my eyes open. I'm considering adding a little sprouted brown rice to my breakfast. I've been doing paleo for about a month and feel sluggish as hell at times. Maybe I should stop watching Dead Zone reruns on Netflix and get my ass to bed at a decent hour! I'll try that for a week and see how that goes.

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on April 04, 2013
at 10:03 PM

I really feel best eating more carbs. Energy stays much more consistent than when I was VLC.

Crossfit is so intense, I don't think you need to be worried much about carbs causing your weight loss to stall. Eat some potatoes with dinner, or some fruit as a snack. Low carb doesn't work for everyone.

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6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on April 04, 2013
at 07:55 PM

Because you are human. 2pm is pretty much universally the lowest energy point in the day.

Why fight nature? Have a little nap or quiet time then if you can.

9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

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on April 04, 2013
at 10:26 PM

Since going Paleo I have great energy all day, even when I skeip breakfast or lunch, but then crash pretty hard at 9-10pm.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on April 04, 2013
at 10:52 PM

That's because you are superhuman UncleLongHair. ;) I'm trying to find the study I ready about it, it was correlated with eating lunch, and lowering in energy to digest properly. The days I don't have the dip are the one's where I eat a big ass breakfast like steak and eggs, and then go all the way to dinner without eating again, so the lunch hypothesis seems good to me.

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