I truly hope you guys can help me. I'm pretty new to LFRV, since 1 month, and it seems that everyone gets super energized by this diet/lifestyle, which is one of the reasons I started it.
Me on the other hand, I still feel tired every day, I even often take an afternoon nap. My life is not hectic at all, no kids and I work from home for myself, so no pressure from a boss.
I have been eating mostly around 2500 cal a day, (I'm 5'11" and 142 lbs) drink 2.5-3 liters of water a day, sleep at least 9 hours a night (I love sleeping) have eliminated salt and overt fats. I walk my dogs daily for about 30 min and am in the sun then as well.
It's still hard to eat and drink all that, I feel like eating and drinking is all I do. I eat mostly fruits (oranges, bananas and melons) during the day and have a salad at night. So far my salads have not been super big, 1/2 Iceberg lettuce or 2 cups of baby spinach or 1 head romain lettuce combined with 1/2 cucumber, 2-3 tomatoes and 1 sweet pepper, but it's all I can get in.
I track all my calories with cronometer and see that I'm short on Calcium, Iron, Selenium, Sodium and Zinc. Do I feel so tired because I don't get enough minerals? I read on some post that green juices energize you. I don't have a juicer, just a blender, hope that will work.
Can you let me know your thoughts and hopefully some good recipes...
P.S. I can't eat broccoli, kale, collards or cauliflower (crucifer vegetables) as they worsen symptoms of PCOS/Endometriosis, which is the biggest reasons I came to this diet/lifestyle.
Thank you Lori, I'll try adding some greens to my smoothies. I've tried adding spinack to my banana smoothie once before, and it just tasted like spinach, no banana flavor at all, probably a bit too much, but I'll try to put in some more slowly.
About sleeping/tiredness. I have needed a lot of sleep all my life, and have done so too, always have slept at least 8 hours, mostly 9 hours, so this is not a big change. I'm trying to get into the routine again of going to bed at 9pm and getting up at 7am, which is 10 hours, but I still feel tired. So, switching to more sleep is not really the problem, as it's only about 1 hour more a night. Maybe I need even more than 10 hours?? Which is hard to believe as I'm not that active during the day.
How is your B12 level,iron,etc,maybe it would good to get it checked?.Most conventional fruit & veg these days just dont have the nutrients like they should,how is the quality of the produce you are buying?,are you getting organic stuff?.Calories are one thing but actual levels of nutrients,minerals,etc are another.There is such a thing as empty calories,symbolized by most fast food,etc.
I just had my B12 level checked, it was 546, but since I won't be getting any in through food I started with injections. I had my blood checked in November Hb 13.0 (11.5-16.5) Hct 43.8 (35-49). So those were fine, not very high, but within range. I do always tend to have in the low range levels of anemia. I'll have that checked again as well. Including Vit D.
I live in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. It's hard to get organic fruits and veggies here, since nothing will really grow locally. There is one market where I try to buy most greens and tomatoes, only 2x a week. But there are no organic bananas for sale in Cabo :( So I buy non organic ones in bulk. I live in an apartment, so no space to make my own garden :(
Thanks for the help!
You're very early in the healing process. Detox has barely started. Fatigue is normal. Rest with your eyes closed when tired. It will aid and speed the body's elimination of toxins.
Cronometer is using the RDAs which are just averages based on a diet suggested by the food pyramid (a system created by commodity lobbyists). So, the calcium requirement is not based on how much a person really needs, but rather based on a recommendation of drinking 3 glasses of milk a day. If you are getting 50% of the daily RDA for calcium, you're good to go. Your greens are fine for a beginner. Eventually, you want to get up to a pound a day.
Thank you! It just seems to me that everyone on here, even when starting, feels super energized.
I'm fine with it being detox, I just want to make sure that if it is my green consumption or something else, that I make sure I consume everything I should.
Thanks for helping out :)
I was napping for the first couple of weeks too but I was also suffering from caffeine and sugar withdrawal. I also sometimes get tired when my stomach is really full. I just go with whatever my body is telling me. Like, yesterday I was exhausted by supper time so I made a pot of rice instead of a salad and went to bed really early. I figured it's probably just detox.
Good luck healing your PCOS, my sister-in-law just had her ovaries because of this. She refused to consider dietary changes or natural treatments. So sad.
Thank you... I also feel tired after eating, I guess my body just has to get used to all the food. I'll just listen to my body and give the detox process time.
I'm sorry to hear about your sister-in-law. I only found out 1.5 months ago, always had suspicions as my sister has it too. The doctor told me to get rid of the endometriosis I either had to have an operation or take hormone injections. I declined both and truly believe this lifestyle cal cure me.
Thanks again for helping out :)
Good for you in taking charge of your healing. The only person who is going to love you enough to help you heal is YOU!
As for the prescribed treatments, my SIL took the hormones prescribed and they made it worse! She was never told that this is a side effect-blowing up your cysts to giant size! When she was having difficulty going to the bathroom her Doc told her that her giant cysts pushing on her organs in her abdomen had nothing to do with it! She finally got an appt. with a decent gynecologist out of town but it was too late by that time.
I was also thinking your fatigue could also be a symptom of your body healing, it takes energy to not only detox but also to rebuild damaged cells.
Try adding parsley or cilantro to your diet too, both are great detoxifiers.
Does anyone have a green smoothie recipe I can make for some extra energy? Just want to give it a try :)
- 3 Bananas
- juice of one lemon
- 2 dates
- a little water
- cocoa powder & / or cayenne pepper to taste
- lots of dark greens! (experiment to get as many as you can in while still loving the flavor)
- maybe an orange if you like
- also I personally like to add a bit of avocado or coconut / or even a dab of coconut oil (many nutrients in dark greens are FAT SOLUBLE, meaning that to digest them into your body is much more efficient in the presence of a bit of FAT (good plant fat!) :)
Yea and Janneke, the thing I noticed from your initial post is that it sounds like you may be having some difficulty getting enough of those dark green veggies (and I see no Kale, brocolli etc, sorry to hear)...Iceberg lettuce (especially non-organic) is low nutrients
So when you have your salads get as much dense dark green as you can (chard, beet greens, radishes, SPINACH) = chlorophyll = direct conversion into red blood cells in your body!!
but if you can't get organic... warning spinach and leafy greens absorb alot of toxins!
Janneke, I know you'll find a solution to this but sounds like due to some constraints (Cabo Markets not carrying organic produce) you will have to be creative in making sure you get enough nutrient rich greens!
- Try Sprouting some delicious seeds in your apt (I have had great success with alfalfa, clover, and fenugreek)
- Consider supplementing with a highly recommended green drink powder! (these are awesome, especially the really good ones tons of dark greens dried and powdered ...not as alive as fresh greens but I personally get a huge kick of energy from all that chlorophyll and dense nutrients!)
I hope this has been easy enough to follow, sparked your interest in further research on benefits of chlorophyll in your diet, and not added too much dilemma to your quest for higher energy!
All the best,
I make a smoothie with 2 frozen bananas, 2 to 2 1/2 cups of blueberries, 1/2 cup pineapple, and and handful or two of spinach. I usually add spinach in berry smoothies, but I like to add the pineapple for just a bit more sweet. You can also add in a date, if you like.
Sorry if I am being stupid here but I read that cruciferous vegetables are good for PCOS because they help with hormone clearance?