Alright, it's getting to the point where I'm clearly doing something wrong. Right around 2pm I hit a wall, not just kind of tired..but as if I cannot move tired. It takes everything in me to get to the end of the day.
I've added crossfit to my routine, at 6am (that is the only time I can do it). I start 3x/week next week. I haven't been getting enough sleep, so I'm going to make sure I get to bed early enough on the nights before.
But today wasn't a crossfit day and I got enough sleep. 10 hrs.
Here is what I ate today
9am Breakfast - Paleo Pumpkin Muffin & Coffee w/heavy cream (x2 on the coffee)
11am Snack - One big fat strawberry
Noon Lunch - roasted asparagus & a small amount of roasted sweet potatoes with 2 crumbled up boiled eggs over kale with balsamic.
Snack - 3 big strawberries and a lemon lara bar
I've had about 30 oz of water throughout the day.
This has started ever since I started doing crossfit...I was feeling so on top of my food and diet and now I'm near lethargic come 2pm. I'm not getting enough of something, and it's really starting to feel disheartening.
Example of a crossfit day (yesterday) - with only 6 hrs of sleep
6am - Pumpkin Muffin & crossfit
7am- post workout - 3 strawberries
8am- One scrambled egg in a bit of Ghee with heavy cream
Noon - Paleo chicken curry over kale
Snack - strawberries & lemon lara bar
Dinner - Spaghetti sauce over roasted asparagus, sweet potatoes. 1 tbs Justins Choc Hazelnut butter.
I crawled home yesterday and fell asleep by 9pm.
Sorry for the long post. I get dishearted and don't want to abandon this way of eating by thinking some chips are going to fix what is going on with me.
where's the beef? need more fat, too. eggs and chicken are not enough to fill me up. eat some large amounts of fatty beef (steaks, ground, etc), bacon, fish....and you should feel full for awhile. you wont even need snack breaks, you can end up fasting for hours. cook things kale, spinach, brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes in various fats, like beef tallow, bacon fat, duck fat. it will be delicious experimenting :-)
Hey Wendy! I posted a similar question a while back. Your post really reminded me of how I was feeling (extremely tired mid-day, doing crossfit, similar menu). I ended up dropping the fruit, lara bars, and paleo baked goods and I feel 100% better. I think I was about 5 weeks in when I was feeling the lethargy. I also added more fat, coconut oil, avocado, ghee, and stopped worrying about whether the fat would make me fat (old habits die hard). Since tweaking my diet, I have thrown out my scale (it was really messing with my head), so I don't know how much I've lost, but I feel great and my clothes are all getting loose on me.
Up your calories. I eat what you eat in a day at half-a-sitting, and I don't even do Crossfit.
Second what Andy said, and given you are moderately/pretty active, that's an abysmally small amount of food.
What's your height, weight, and how do you look and feel in your clothes?
Looks to me that you need protien with your snack. Suggestion: make it a smoothie with protien powder or raw egg and maybe some ground flax. If the exhaustion continues, consider having your adrenals tested. A FDN practitioner can do that for you fttp://fdnmanager.com
I don't believe diet can compensate for lack of sleep. I also don't think the occasional good sleep can make up for lots of inadequate sleeps.
The increased exercise is going to be increasing your bodies need to sleep (to rest and repair). Without getting enough sleep you won't be maximising the benefit of the training.
I'd even go so far as to say given the choice between preparing and eating dinner - or getting an extra hours sleep, you'd benefit mroe from the sleep right now!
If you have adequate sleep every night, I'd be suprised if you find you still hit the wall
i don't see enough protein, and too many sugary items -- paleo muffin? lara bars? on the first day the only protein i see is from 2 eggs. on the second day, it's 1 egg and whatever is in your chicken curry. i'd definitely re-evaluate protein levels. i'm not saying every meal has to have animal protein, but if you're crossfit-ing, you should probably get a decent amount every day.
If iron is a concern (you mentioned it, can be if you are exercising, have some absorption issues, have a heavy period etc) get your weekly serving of liver, and try adding in some oysters (canned and smoked are what I find most convenient) in for your snack! Should eliminate or minimize any risk of deficiency.