So when I'm out paddling, I have my meal structure pretty down pat. 2 of my 3 meals per day are paleo. I get up when the sun comes up and go to bed when the sun goes down. I paddle 4 to 6 hours a day and sleep well at night. At the end of that week, I'm pretty tired but I don't feel so awful. The problem? I'm in camp the next two weeks, and then for another week after that. When I have to be in camp, I'm so much more exhausted.
I work 6 days a week and am constantly busy. I have my own cabin with a kitchen and my original plan was to cook my own food to eat. But I'm finding I'm so exhausted in the morning I can't get up earlier than 5 minutes before I have to show up at SAD breakfast at the camp dining hall. I get to bed around 10:30 or 11 and get up at 7:30, just in time to make it to breakfast at 8am. I have leftovers that I cooked and froze ahead, that I microwave for lunch. There is little time for snacking because I'm out on the water all day (driving boats and teaching sailing and such) I usually have time to microwave leftovers for dinner. Sometimes, I have to drop everything to go drive 3 hours to the beach to rescue kayakers, pick them up and take them somewhere and sometimes spend the night and next morning with them. I sleep as much as I can, like at most reasonable opportunities like when we're on a 2 hour ferry ride etc. Here are specific questions:
If I have dropped everything and I'm driving and I get hungry the only option is fast food. Is it better to IF (and risk not getting enough calories for the day) or eat as paleo as possible at a fast food joint?
Would it be bad for me to get a large quantity of my daily fuel I need from food I can inhale quickly- like let's say coconut oil? I asked another question and everyone said I wasn't eating enough, but its gonna be hard for me to eat more without those extra calories being SAD. I'm totally willing to eat coconut oil by the spoonful if that's ok to do for a couple of weeks. Would that give me the energy I need? It would be better than getting the calories from VERY crappy SAD dining hall food right?
My lunch and dinner leftover meals are pretty small portions- like dinner easily fits in the palms of my hands put together. Should I try to push myself to eat more even if I'm not hungry?
Is adrenal fatigue real and is it possible I have it at the moment?
I get to the point of exhaustion mid day and sometimes tell my staff member to call me if he needs help (he can run a couple of activities without me) and I take a nap, or when I'm driving I take a nap on the ferry. I feel like this really negatively impacts the quality of my sleep that night, but I can't stay awake mid day.
Does drinking a cup of coffee in the morning (to help me wake up and function- I've never been like this before btw) making everything worse?
Do you think my body just can't keep adjusting its sleep patterns from week to week?