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#1 applesandoranges

 
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Posted 05 February 2013 - 10:17 AM

I was diagnosed with celiac six months ago, and have been on the gluten free diet ever since. It’s definitely been a bumpy ride, and for the most part, I’m feeling much better-- with the exception that I am often tired. I thought going gluten free was supposed to give you more energy?

I eat well, not many processed foods, lots of protein, and have ruled out other intolerances. My vitamins are all good.
In addition to being tired, my metabolism has changed a lot and I have to eat a lot more than I used to to stay full, and I get hungry much more often. When I exercise, if I burn too many calories, I get exhausted and have to spend the whole next day eating to make up for it.

Does anyone have any experience with fatigue/changes in metabolism after being diagnosed? Doctor says I look fine, but I’m not sure if this is part of the recovery process or not.

Thanks!
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Posted 05 February 2013 - 07:10 PM

My fatigue was not helped when I went gluten-free, but I found out I had hypothyroidism and that kept my energy lower than most. Could that be affecting you too?
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Posted 05 February 2013 - 07:43 PM

You seem to have ruled out all of my steps to a clear mind free of fatigue. I get fatigued when I am constipated. Are you beyond any withdrawl? Do you have a gluten free house?
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Posted 08 February 2013 - 01:47 AM

When I exercise, if I burn too many calories, I get exhausted and have to spend the whole next day eating to make up for it.
Does anyone have any experience with fatigue/changes in metabolism after being diagnosed? Doctor says I look fine, but I’m not sure if this is part of the recovery process or not.


Do you eat carbs? If you eat only proteins you'll have less energy. That said, I'm 3,5 months on GFD and I also feel fatigued the day after exercise. Maybe you're just not 100 percent recovered yet?
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Posted 08 February 2013 - 03:46 PM

I know what you're talking about. The need for more calories after working out is normal; however, it's either exaggerated for AI people or a part of the adrenals being off...

I know I have adrenal problems, not just because I'm AI (celiac, Hashimotos, endometriosis) but because I had very sudden onset of problems after undergoing steroid treatment for DH.

My doctor discussed exercise with me. Yes, I need it. Yes, it helps me feel 100% better. But I walk a fine line between enough/too much. She told me no more than every other day, or not to exceed what made me "not tired the next day". And it is a fine line.

The hungriness for me is part of the adrenal issue. And sadly enough, to support adrenals you need to eat often enough not to get really hungry. Talk about catch 22.

Anyway, after the first few months, the exhaustion and constant need for food abated; however, I also had to learn how much workout was too much. In the beginning, I really did overdo it.

It is very frustrating to feel so limited. But your stamina will improve.

Just eat on a regular schedule. Lots of veggies with protein. Minimal sugar. Workout and rest, find your fine line.

Exhaustion immediately after going gluten-free is normal, too. No one knows why, really. Just a part of healing? Sometimes it's a type of withdrawal. Personally, I think of it as a body taking a big sigh and resting. It passes.
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