Exhausted after lunch

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   Posted 11/2/2017 7:09 AM (GMT -6)   

I'm a 23- year-old female and have been experiencing severe exhaustion after lunch daily for a few months now. I eat super clean, mostly paleo/autoimmune, but it seems no matter what I do I feel so exhausted after eating lunch.

It's the same pattern every day: I feel okayish in the mornings before noon, I try to keep my blood sugar steady and eat breakfast and a snack before lunch. I eat my lunch (I eat slowly and take a digestive enzyme), but about 30 minutes after eating a begin to feel exhausted. It lasts around 1,5-2 hours and I am literally falling asleep at work. I have gone to the bathroom to just close my eyes and take a mini nap several times and it's getting ridiculous, I can't think due to all the brain fog and exhaustion and get any work done in the afternoons.

Does anyone have an ideal what this could be related to?

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   Posted 11/2/2017 12:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, I would suggest getting into your PCP & having labs done, especially vitamin levels & including thyroid. I hope you can get this figured out.

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   Posted 3/7/2018 11:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi .. I have had ME for 17 years .. house bound. Able now to do little gardening in morning. Like thislittlebluebird, after lunch I go down quickly, and for rest of day its just music then. My theory is that digesting the lunch zaps what little energy is left after gardening.

All about priorities .. gardening is a recently aquired abilitiy and a joy. Spend rest of day waiting for another morning outdoors.

Good luck .. woogaloo

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   Posted 3/7/2018 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi thislittlebluebird,

That's great you eat so well, wondering what you might drink? Do you drink plenty of water? Do you drink soda or coffee? Do you eat sugar?
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   Posted 3/8/2018 11:31 AM (GMT -6)   
You might consider seeing a sleep Dr. Sleep deprivation can cause many problems.
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   Posted 3/17/2018 12:53 AM (GMT -6)   
thislittlebluebird said...
I eat super clean, mostly paleo/autoimmune. Does anyone have an ideal what this could be related to?

Well I can only share my experiences.

I use to get super tired after lunch, to the point of falling asleep.

Finally worked out it is due to poor food combining, and eating foods that are quite hard to digest.

In my case; meat in particular. But other heavy foods not excluded.

Now Paleo is heavily meat based

2 + 2 = 4

Just an idea.

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   Posted 3/17/2018 12:59 AM (GMT -6)   
thislittlebluebird said...
Does anyone have an ideal what this could be related to?

Also have you had any tests for nutritional deficiencies?

I felt a LOT better after starting to supplement with liquid iron and zinc.

I had tests done and was found to be deficient in : iron, zinc, vitamin d, magnesium and b12.

Because my digestion is poor, I was not absorbing many nutrients from food (which also contributed to sleepy feelings), and I needed to supplement for at least six months.

Get tests done at doctors. Then speak to a naturopath about practitioner-only ranges of good quality supplements.

Diet and supplements should help you.

Did me at least.

Good luck

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   Posted 5/16/2018 2:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you been tested for EBV? I had the exact symptoms for two months. Fine in the mornings, then BAM 1:00 rolls around and I can barely move b/c of tiredness lethargy. You may have symptomatic EBV as a kid and now are getting a reactivation.

I got blood work done and finally figured it out ( I think). They put me on Vitamin D3 and changed my diet a little bit and I feel 90% better.
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