While I haven't been officially diagnosed, I suffer from many of the symptoms of cortisol issues/adrenal fatigue. I am tired most of the day (except early evening), I have muscular but skinny extremities with soft, loose fat centered on my belly, I wake up tired, I find it hard to focus on occasion, I'm never really hungry in the mornings, and I haven't lost any weight in the past several months.
I've already decided to cut out the caffeine and I'm gonna try to go to bed earlier. I sleep with a blackout curtain, but there is still a little bit of light in the room. I'm not working out right now, but I'm fairly active at my 25 hour a week job.
I've decided to try temporarily adding in more carbohydrate, mostly in the form of starch. I went out today and bought some purple and red potatoes, sweet potatoes, bananas, strawberries, and parsnips. My question is, what should I up my carb intake to, and for how long?
For the record, I'm 23, male, 5'9" tall, and currently weigh around 184 pounds. I normally aim for about 2200-2600 calories, with a 70/20/10 fat/protein/carb ratio.
EDIT: I should mention that I've been paleo/primal for over a year now, with over 40 pounds weight loss. I was tracking my diet for about a week and the carb intake ranged from around 30-60, with fiber ranging from 14-24.
EDIT 2: From another thread about cortisol, supposedly from Robb Wolf's book (which I own, but can't find to cite at the moment):
Do you have problems falling or staying asleep? (I wake up almost every morning by 8, no matter when I went to bed)
Do you wake up more exhausted than when you went to bed? (Yes, usually)
Do you get a "second wind" in the evening, and really only feel awake about the time you should go to bed? (Not when I should be going to bed, but early evening, yes)
Are you tired and achy all the time? (Not really achy, but tired yes)
Do you suffer from frequent upper-respiratory infections? (My nose has felt stuffy regularly for the past few months)
Do you work out to exhaustion, and do you crave the "boost" excercise provides? (I don't work out regularly enough to apply this)
Do you live and die by stimulants like coffee? (No, but I usually have a cup of green or black tea at work)
Have you gained weight in the midsection, despite watching your food intake? (Since Thanksgiving I've gained about 10 pounds, 5 of which I've since lost. I did cheat pretty heavily during the holiday season, though)
Do you have problems with depression or seasonal affective disorder? (I enjoy being in warm sunshine, but I don't think I have SAD)
Do you remember what sex is? (Remember and enjoy regularly :) )