First of all, because this is going to be a crazy question, any advice/personal experience/explanation would be okay. Think of it is a brainstorm.
I am gluten intolerant, have a leaky gut and a gastric erosion. I also have my gall bladder removed.
Have been on a very strict Paleo since October 22 with some success. "Some" because I do not feel nearly as bad as when I used to consume gluten. But I do suffer from fatigue that I cannot explain and trying to get rid of with no success. This fatigue is very strange, and I cannot figure it out.
In an effort to increase my energy levels I have stopped eating all fruit (even berries). It did not help my fatigue much, but I have noticed the following things:
My junk food cravings that I could not overcome are very mild now. It is very easy not give into them. I had no junk food since I stopped eating fruit.
I never feel hungry, and if I do, my hunger is mild.
Sometimes I only eat twice a day. No snacks, only breakfast, lunch and supper. Sometimes I skip lunch and feel okay about it. I used to eat 6 times per day.
I am more constipated (sorry if it is TMI).
This is what I eat (please do not tell me that I need to eat something else because I cannot eat anything else)
Fatty lamb, chicken, fish, eggs, bone broth
Vegetables except for nightshades (but I have re-introduced sweet red pepper)
Seeds (sunflower and pumpkin) - I am re-introducing those
100% dark chocolate, no sugar added, just cocoa mass as my Paleo junk food
Now for my question
Yesterday I had a very low energy day.
Today I had very little energy till about lunch. After lunch I was sitting there, thinking - OMG, my life is horrible, I can't even wash dishes, I have no energy left. I am so exhausted all the time. My life sucks.
I felt that even though I had a good lunch, I still wanted something, but I was not sure what it was. Then I had some pumpkin seeds. Then I had some sunflower seeds. But it was not helping, I still felt sluggish plus my stomach started to bother me.
Then I ate one bar of 100% cocoa mass (no sugar). It is 2 oz only. For about 40 minutes my stomach was hurt (as always when I eat chocolate, because I have gastric erosion).
Then I felt a sudden burst of energy. I washed all the dishes (there were tons of them), vacuumed the whole house, mopped the floors, did laundry and washed the bathroom. Then I went shopping to two different shops and ran two errands. I mean, I had more energy today than in the last two weeks combined.
The difference about my food intake today compared to yesterday when I was fatigued out:
- Today I had salt
- Today I had eggs
- Today I had the whole bar of chocolate
Now, I know this might sounds crazy to you... because it sounds crazy to me too but this is God's honest truth. I don't know what to make of it.
What in the world is going on?
Could it be that I have low blood pressure? Could it be because chocolate is a stimulant and has caffeine? Could I have a sluggish liver and chocolate triggered something? Could it be the eggs?
I am totally lost. But I want to feel more energetic and I will do whatever it takes to get my energy back.
Again, any ideas are welcome. There are no right or wrong answers, all of it is just pure guess.
Puzzled and confused,
P.S. I have found that Paleohack people are more open-minded and flexible than folks from any other boards. Thank you for being friendly, knowledgeable and welcoming. I love you all <3