Finally I have cured all my gut issues, but since some time I experience another, altough quite minor problem. Each day, after I eat my first meal ( around 10:00 am ), I become sleepy and letharghic ( both physically and mentally ). I used to do intermittent fasting, but now it's out of question, since I am way too much underweight. My breakfast usually consists of a smoothie made of banana, homemade kefir, egg yolks and a bit of honey. Also tried with low carb variations and it still brings about same effect.
Sounds like a carb bomb to me, and would send me into a nap immediately if I wasn't out the door exercising or something. Have you tried adding more fat to it, and less carb?
I think the first issue is that you are drinking your calories. You are kind of pre-chewing them by blending them. This also allows you to get more calories into your system faster, without your normal satiety signal kicking in.
If you insist on sticking with a liquid breakfast, I would highly recommend upping the fiber and maybe the fat. Try heavy whipping cream (not a lot mind you) and maybe some inulin, flax, psyllium, or even chia.
These should slow down digestion.
It sounds like maybe the food is hitting your blood stream all at once.
Alternatively, you could have a small steak or chicken breast with a couple of fried eggs and some veggies or sweet potato. Maybe a pat of butter on the sweet potato if you choose chicken breast.
for some reason smoothies do the same thing to me. and they result in my being hungry again sooner. i'm not sure it's so much the effect of the carbs, as much as they are additionally liquefied, raising the blood sugar even more quickly than if i were eating a bowl of fruit. don't really eat breakfast anymore, but when i did, i was an eggs & bacon kinda gal!
I'd use whole eggs and plenty of them. Do you eat meat? Eggs are something you can fix quickly and enrich with leftover cooked meat/vegetables. Since you're trying to gain weight there's no reason to restrict carbs but eat the banana whole and maybe fry some potato chunks (white or sweet as you prefer) with the eggs and other things.
If you still get sleepy, just fill up on eggs and meat and see what happens. If you don't eat meat try a little rice. It's considered a "safe" starch and you don't have weight issues.
That's sort of normal for meals, but depending on the intensity, you might try a leptin reset, or is that what you're up to?
I've always found that doing an IF left me more awake and able to concentrate more over having breakfast.
When you've said you've tried low carb versions of this, were they also high protein? Both high protein and carbs will be insulogenic, so of course once you hit the threshold for blood glucose levels, insulin is triggered and that moves the nutrients out of the blood and into fat cells. Which is perfectly fine if you're underweight, but you'll have to put up with the food coma.
Another thing I've found, though you don't mention coffee, is that if I had more than one mug of coffee, that the 2nd one would also cause lethargy. I think I debugged this to the fact that caffeine steals magnesium, and that mixing in cocoa powder in both mugs prevents this. n=1, and YMMV and all that.
That seems pretty sugary to me. I can't do anything like that in the morning or I would totally crash, too. (My breakfasts are fat+protein, and sometimes some greens if I have time.) The honey and the banana alone probably contain about 40 to 50 grams of sugar, and the kefir adds a little bit more. That's about twice the sugar of a Capri Sun juice pouch.
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