I'm a 15 yr old guy. I've been paleo for about 1 or 2 years. Before that I was on the standard industrial diet, but I wasn't fat. I reckon now I'm pretty healthy, except that I feel tired all the time. I also have this brain fog that I can't get rid of. I've tried to find the cause of this, but it's very difficult. Going paleo helped a lot, but it's still there. It's manageable now when before it was a major issue.
It can't be a hydration issue- i drink about 2 cups (400 ml) of water every so often maybe 30 minutes to an hour. In total I estimate that I drink about 3-4 litres of water a day. I find that if I forget to drink water or I get to tired to refill, I feel massively worse, I may not need that much, but it's just a precaution because I've once drank only about 1-1 1/2 litres of water a day and I felt 5x worse than I usually do. I think switching to paleo made me need more water.
It can't be a vit D3 issue- while in the winter in New zealand (auckland, which is 37 degrees south, which is approximately equivalent to california?) I feel worse. right now summer has ended, and I have been going out regularly to midday sun without sunblock. VitD3 does help, but I'm pretty sure I'm not deficient.
It may be chemical poisoning, but I've cut pretty much all chemicals (bathroom products, processed foods, cleaning products) but I don't filter my water or eat organic, so I may be getting poisoned there. However, my friends drink the same water, eat a lot worse, and have chemicals like deodorants and soaps and stuff on them, and they arent tired. I don't take any medication/drugs by the way.
It may be vit B/B12, but I eat meat a lot more than my friends do, but they arent tired.
It may be EMF radiation, but I don't use a microwave and I don't have a cellphone, which my friends use regularly. I do however use a laptop sometimes (most of the time im on a desktop). I also use wireless internet. and I have an Mp3 player I carry all the time.
It may be sugar or caffiene- the main source of sugar I eat would be dark chocolate (70% cocoa) because I need that caffeine to keep going. I eat about 200 grams of that a day. But I heard studies proved dark chocolate was healthy, especially with the healthy fat in it. I also sometimes eat white rice/potatoes because of parents it is impractical to go 100% paleo. So I try and eat the "safe starches".
It may be stress/sleeping issues- but although I was stressed most of my life, I'm not stressed now. Also while I may be sleeping approx 10 minutes less a day, I catch up on the weekends. which is more than I can say for my friends, who again aren't tired.
It may be adrenal fatigue due to the stress, but even with the stress removed, it helps, but its still there.
It may be candida etc due to sugar, but I eat a lot less sugar than most people.
I don't think it's excercise because I do weights and sprints regularly (high intensity)
Maybe everyone feels this tired, but I'm the only one complaining about it, so its unlikely.
It's not fair that I feel so tired and cant concentrate all the time, while my friends who eat 50%+ processed food/sugar have loads of energy. Also, my parents, while they are unhealthy(not that unhealthy, imagine the typical slightly overweight middleaged woman for my mom, while middleaged guy who looks thin with a slight pot belly for my dad) do not have this energy problem.
If anyone has any advice as to whats going on, I'd really appreciate it.
edit: Im going to try to add starches. But even when I was high carb once, I still was tired. Maybe it was due to other stuff, so I don't know for sure if starches helped.