low energy foodsSubmitted by KongVault on Fri, 05/10/2013 - 00:09
For years I found that eating makes me lethargic. I keep finding that I had more energy the days when I didn't eat or ate very little, even though I felt hungry. I tried the paleo diet, but it didn't help.
Then I realized that the feeling of hunger wasn't entirely hunger, it was an elevated energy level where I wanted to move around all day long. I was interpreting it as my body wanting to eat, and I kept treating the condition by eating foods that made me lethargic and not anxious to move. I guess the idea I was working off of was that the elevated energy was conflicting with my desire to sit down and get lots of other stuff done.
I started eating mostly fruits and veggies, and the energy was almost unbearable. I couldn't eat like that and sit at a desk doing work all day. I kept standing up and eventually would drug myself with foods that would slow me down. Even when I started eating more fruits and veggies, I would try to keep eating fruits and veggies when I felt hungry (they say you can eat as many of them as you want!), but it was like eating them just kept making my energy go up, and I would eventually go nuts and binge on some donuts to lower my energy (after the brief sugar high).
Right now I'm at the point where I'm really starting to notice, in a few bites, whether a food is going to give me energy or sap my energy. So I'm finding that grains, meat, beans, corn, potatoes, anything fried, or any heavily processed foods will sap my energy. It isn't that they give me less energy, they actually result in a net energy loss, like government spending programs do to a nation's wealth.
What's left is fruits and veggies. I'm not sure yet about a few things, like seafood, eggs, or grilled food. Steamed is fine. I haven't tried sashimi (sushi without rice) or other raw meat yet since I started paying attention to this.
Has anyone else discovered this type of thing themselves?