Marke here again
Thanks for all the responses and comments. A few things - I am on a diary free diet and have been wheat, gluten and dairy free for four years. The main reason many feel totally weak and lifeless when going onto this diet is the removal of the major complex carbs that your body has got used to and this feeling is therefore a low blood sugar feeling, or at least, its lower than your body is used to. It takes 3-6 months for anyone's body to adapt (my eczema took 6 months to clear) so please, stick at it and don't cheat!!! You're only hurting yourself.
I do feel bad on some days but I am now so damn careful that it rarely stops me. I am cycling up to 150 miles /200kms per week and hope to start running again. I use a heart rate monitor and keep a diary of what I have eaten and how my training went and how I felt. I can usually do what I want.
Since my last post, I looked at my diet and realised a lot of my probelms were very simple - I just was not eating enough. Carbo loading for women has been shown in studies to be almost worthless, but vital for men due to differences in our metabolism and I just was not doing it. I am now and have to say I feel great.
I also take Vit C daily, drink aloe vera, take echinacea and others. I now they are helping as I can do all this and stay well!!
Earlier in the thread, Nic talked about dextrose tablets, these are made by principal sports and are gluten, yeast and lactose free, and do the job if you are well enough hydrated when you take them. If not I have found I feel more tired. They can also act as pick-me-up if my blood sugar is a little low.
Someone also aked if I just go out regardless of how I'm feeling and the answer is NO. too many people train for the sake of training or because they feel guilty if they rest. If you don't train on the day you feel bad then the next day when you are better you can train more effectively. Our immune systems are under pressure anyway, don't overdo it and make sure you have rest days in your training plan.
I think thats it for now, I have found a lot of this helpful, I'm just concerned about a ten day training camp I'm going to next week that is abroad . Asking someone to feed me for ten days is not fair on them and may not be good for me either!! Fingers crossed.