Exhausted after eating

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Any tips for eating? Went through a phase of not eating a lot recently due to my Appetite and metabolism being everywhere but now that I’m eating again I remember why I stopped .. I’m so tired after eating. No matter what time or what I eat I’m tired any tips?

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    I had the same issues. I fast in the morning. Drink a huge lemon water and save up some digestive energy for lunch and dinner. What a life.
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    I have this problem too. Often when I eat lunch at work I can barely function afterwards cause I'm so tired.

    Try eating very small amounts but more often. Eat easily digested but high energy foods, mostly white foods. Anything high in protein, fat or fiber you should be particularly careful about because they take more energy to digest.

    Oats are a great source of healthy energy, you can add some dried fruit for sugar and fiber. I like to use instant oats and add a little bit of hot water to turn it into a porridge.

    Banana is also good, but only eat like half a banana at a time as they're quite rich!

    Potatoes are excellent, but as with everything only eat a small amount at a time.

    You might find that some more processed foods are easier to digest than things like fresh vegetables and unprocessed meat, which your body needs to break down more. I wouldn't normally suggest that eating processed foods is a good idea, as they can contain all kinds of harmful additives - but as an example, I can eat falafels (very nutritious, no nasties) when I can't eat chickpeas on their own (the main ingredient) and I can eat raw fruit & nuts bars that have the ingredients mashed into basically paste but I can't eat nuts on their own. Healthy processed foods where ingredients have sort of been "pre-digested" (sorry for the gross mental image!) are helpful.

    Dry biscuits and crackers without any cheese or butter work well for me as a snack. Just make sure you drink a lot.

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    Seeing the specialist tomorrow.. it’s my first appointment and I’m terrified 
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      What if she’s just like everyone else? And tells me there’s nothing wrong? Can’t handle another year without knowing 
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    What type of meals are you eating?
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      Average meals really.. nothing too big a portion as I’m not that big an eater.. pasta dishes, rice dishes, chicken dishes.. nothing processed really.. lots of fruit and veg 
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      I'm really glad you got on well with the specialist and finally got a proper diagnosis. It makes a big difference if someone actually believes you and wants to help you! The things I've found most helpful for managing the condition are pacing myself, avoiding stress if possible, listening to guided meditations, gentle yoga and healthy eating. You might also find it helpful to keep a diary to look out for any activities or foods that make you feel better or worse.

      Be kind to yourself - you are ill - they have finally listened!!!

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      Thank you Elaine, such a weight off my shoulders to tell you the truth.. sounds mad doesn’t it? Who wants to be told they’re chronically ill? 😂🙈 but it’s been a long time coming and was definitely worth going to see someone who knows what they’re talking about.. I can’t recommend it enough! 

      Yes, heard of pacing through the specialist and intend to continue with my research and experimenting with that, along with foods and activities and you mentioned smile about to start a thread on the types of diaries and journals people have found helpful and what they would recommend if you have any tips? 

      Thanks again Elaine 

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    I find soups and smoothies are easy to eat and digest. You could try porridge for breakfast and add some berries, dried fruit or nuts for an extra energy boost. If you don't like eating whole nuts you can buy milled ones which you just sprinkle on. Linwoods do a flaxseed, nut and co-enzyme blend which I feel has helped my energy levels. I also find sweet potatoes give me energy. Greek yoghurt is a good easy to digest source of protein which you need to keep your energy levels for longer - you could have this with some fruit. Bananas and oatcakes are good snacks. Try eating little and often to keep your energy levels stable.

    ?I hope things go well with your specialist. 

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      Thank you Elaine, they couldn’t have gone better. Finally got a diagnosis after two years she also mentioned smoothies so thats what I’m going to give a go smile x
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    Oh I forgot to mention.  I recently bought vegan digestive enzymes and my stomach has returned to normal after 2 years of symptoms. 
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    Hi Meg

    Buy a pulse oximeter ($12 on ebay)   Check your pulse and oxygen before eating and after.

    Pulse should go up like 15-30 BPM after eating. this is because it takes energy to digest food, and a faster pulse to push the nutrients into every cell in your body. 

    Oxygen should be 95-99, below 90 is weak.

    If your pulse is low you may need to take thyroid meds. Have your blood analyzed and make sure it is not in the low end of the normal range for free T3 and T4.

    Keep us posted!

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      Slightly concerned that a number of people have mention thyroid now for more than one reason.. but my thyroid was only tested a few weeks ago so it can’t be that rolleyes ugh 
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      Same here - my thyroid test came back normal (although I don't really know what they tested, because the printout I got didn't break it down)

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      let met give a great example of why you have to study blood tests carefully. I thought i might be anemic so i had my ferritin level tested. Ferritin is a protein that contains 4200 iron molecules. under 20 of these in the test means anemia. iron deficiency. 

      Mine is high! 362! But NOT HIGH according to the mayoclinic, they say 500 ok.  Research shows that excess iron is bad and it collects in the heart and can cause problems over time.

      4 months ago i stopped drinking tea with breakfast. it didn't seem to do anything, and i thought caffeine is a drug i don't need. WRONG! Turns out researchers discovered that tea and coffee remove about 80% of ferritin! So, i'm back drinking tea.

      Back to the thyroid. ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL. The human body is a machine powered by blood. too little blood flow means CFS. The thyroid tests are a STARTING point so you can find out your personal best. One person might need, say 50% more than another, yet they are both in the normal range. 

      And TSH is NOT a thyroid hormone. common rookie mistake.

      T3 free and t4 free are thyroid hormones.

      Take charge of your life and find out what works for you.

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