Hi guys. My story is a sad one.
I went Paleo/Primal around October 2010. I went from 5 meals a day to 3 meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Then I discovered Intermittent Fasting and I just ate lunch and dinner.
I became obsessed with calories and ended up losing too much weight, from 85 to 67kgs. I got entry in the hospital with low pulse rate, extremely LOW energy and swollen feet.
I got out of the hospital and haven't recovered fully. I'm still intermittent fasting 16/8, but now I have 3 meals setup like this:
Meal 1 - 1PM - low carb (fatty meat/fish with olive/coconut oil and yogurt/salads) Meal 2 - 5.30PM - medium carb (1 liter of milk + coconut oil) Meal 3 - PM - high carb (lean meat + potatoes + bit of fruit)
No grains and no legumes, just potatoes and the likes for around 200g daily. The reason for the meat is because I'm just not hungry to chew food, so I just swallow 1 to 1.5 liters of milk in the afternoon with or without coconut oil). Carbs help a bit with my poor sleep that's why I leave them for the end of the day.
Concerning sleep, I SLEEP like HELL: go to bed at 22.30PM, and wake up at 3-4AM, although I stay in bed until 6.30AM (most times). Some days are worse: today I couldn't sleep past 2.30AM after getting up to go to the bathroom (I get up 2-3 times to piss every night).
Now I'm on vacation and I'm very ANNOYED, anxious and a bit depressed because I don't know what the hell is wrong with me. Doctors haven't done SHIT, I just know that I have slight anemia.
During the day my right buttock and a bit of the right leg (and sometimes right arm/forearm up to pinky finger) are numb and a bit weak.
Blood sugar levels are probably not the issue either I guess. In the morning I went to give blood for a recent blood test I asked a nurse to check my blood sugar levels and it was 89 - fine according to her.
I don't know what's going on... everyday... my right buttock is a bit numb and weak. When it's worse, my energy levels are also worse... could be related somehow (could it be weights? - I haven't lifted weights in several days now).
I've read about hypothyroidism as it relates to some of the syptoms i have, although I don't have weight gain, I have WEIGHT loss.
Things I've done that I thought were/are helping me are:
1.raising my calories
2.having one more meal (from 2 to 3)
You guys think I should start having breakfast, lunch and dinner and just stop IF? The swollen feet I used to have were probably due to an infection, and if that's the case IF should help with that (as well as with hypothiroidism - although I'm not sure I have this).
I just feel tired of sometimes during the day having some shortness of breath, low energy and a slighty weak right buttock (and sometimes right forearm to pinky).
I'm not even enjoying my vacation with my girlfriend. I know I'm having enough calories, but the weight I'm gaining is very slow - and that is assuming my problem is fixed with a weight gain. Maybe IF is too "efficient" for my body when it comes to losing weight.
The last thing I'd want to do is to go back to grains and legumes... I just don't feel hunger enough to eat a LOT, but I do know I have lots of calories (2400 calories for my +150lbs - 70kgs). I'm not even active or anything, I just walk in the beach during the day while I'm on vacation.
I'm also a bit sensitive to cold.
I don't know what else to do, doctors have done nothing to improve my condition...just know I have a slight anemia so far (from the blood tests), the rest they say "it's ok" mostly.
In either case... would i be better off with the usual 3 SQUARES a day, or even 4 meals (breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack and dinner)?