40-Somethings - Something for energy? I'm too tired to exercise.




kandyrews
12-30-2011, 12:45 PM
Does anyone know of a good supplement or smoothie to take for energy? I am so exhausted and tired all the time. I mean it's really bad. I'm too tired to even get ready to ever go outta the house, let alone exercise. And I've heard exercising gives you energy, but not me, it makes me that much more tired. I can sleep 6 hrs, 8 or 10 I'm still exhausted. I pretty much stay on the couch all day because I'm too tired to move.

I thought I would start by replacing my breakfast and lunch with the P.I.N.K smoothie... 1 cup coconut milk or 1 cup almond, milk, hemp milk, or rice milk, 1scoop vanilla whey protein powder, 1 cup frozen (unsweetened) or fresh strawberries. Anyone heard of it? I figure it's worth a try.


berryblondeboys
12-30-2011, 03:58 PM
Give us some more background information. Have you had any recent blood work? Do you know if your thyroid is ok? Blood sugars? When you sleep, are you sleeping peacefully? Or fitfully? And, are you a carb queen? That's for starters.

For what is worth I was where you say you are now a year ago. Once I got things straightened out medically, I felt like a new person which then allowed me to get moving.

kandyrews
12-30-2011, 04:10 PM
Yes, I've had bloodwork done and my thyroid checked, they're all okay. I do take antidepressants, but supposedly they gave me one that's suppose to help w/energy, but it didn't. As far as being a carb queen. I don't think I eat a lot of carbs. Carbs is like pastas, breads, sugar stuff and things of that nature right? Only thing I know where I use sugar is two cups of coffee in the morning w/one tablespoon of sugar for each cup. That's about all the sugar I know of off hand. I don't eat a lot of breads or pasta's. We have the occasional pasta dinner, but that's it. Not really a lot of potatoes either. Of course, the Dr. always says to exercise for energy and I've tried, but it I'm just so tired and exercise just makes it worse, not better. I dunno what it could be. I've always leaned towards being tired most of my life, but it's been especially bad these past few years. Changes...weight gain and more meds. Next time I go to the Dr. which is April, I'm going to try and bring it up again.


beth4365
12-30-2011, 04:29 PM
Hi kandyrews,

Is there any possibility you're not getting enough "sunlight"?

I know in the winter I struggle with winter blahs. I feel tired, grumpy and just generally not myself.

To help this year, I did some research and found this light that simulates sunlight. I bought one on Amazon that could be returned as I was extremely skeptical.

Well. I have no idea if I feel okay because of the light or if it's something else. But, the light doesn't hurt and might have even helped. The winter is still young, but I still feel great.

Best wishes to you...

kandyrews
12-30-2011, 09:27 PM
Hi kandyrews,

Is there any possibility you're not getting enough "sunlight"?

I know in the winter I struggle with winter blahs. I feel tired, grumpy and just generally not myself.

To help this year, I did some research and found this light that simulates sunlight. I bought one on Amazon that could be returned as I was extremely skeptical.

Well. I have no idea if I feel okay because of the light or if it's something else. But, the light doesn't hurt and might have even helped. The winter is still young, but I still feel great.

Best wishes to you...

Oh I'm sure I'm not getting enough sunlight. I am outside with my dog several times a day, but I'm on the porch where I don't get any sunlight and other than that I rarely go out of the house. I've heard about using the light therapy and have thought about checking into buying one from amazon...what are they called?

kandyrews
12-30-2011, 09:34 PM
Hey Kandy. You said in one of your other threads that while you didn't eat "that bad" you "didnt eat good either".

I'm here to tell you from experience that what you eat makes a HUGE difference in how you feel. If you are vitamin deprived, if you don't drink enough water, if you eat a bunch of processed stuff over healthy fresh foods, you are going to feel much worse. And yes, it totally will affect your energy levels.

If you try to exercise on a crap diet without plenty of nutrients, it will make you tired. Start exercising w/out the right nutrients and your body, that wants good food and good nutrients, starts going "what the heck - she wants me to do MORE on this type of food?" :)

You seem to be pretty focused on this "PINK" thing. I have no idea what that is, but I will say that substituting a bunch of smoothies for real food is not a magic bullet. It's not going to make you feel any better if you don't look at what you're getting nutritionally and make sure that you're getting what you need.

Mind you, I have a big smoothie for breakfast most mornings - I use greek yogurt, protein powder, spinach, almond milk, and fruit of some kind. make sure that the smoothie I make is packed with nutrients. I also take vitamins with that.

Then the rest of the day I work hard to eat as balanced as I can. I try to eat a lot of veggies, I try to eat a lot of lean meats or seafood, and I keep things like bread and carbs and snacks to a minimum.

And yes, even the sugar in your coffee can set you up to be sleepy and have no energy. 1T of sugar (are we talking a real measured out tablespoon, or a heaping dinner table spoon?) is going to spike your blood sugar and then when you crash from that, you'll be tired and un-energetic.

It seems to me that you need to really look at what you're eating - create an account on one of the free sites like livestrong.com and log your food .See what your calories and macros are and see where you can make small changes that will help with your overall energy level. I'd say cutting out the sugar in the morning would be a good first step! :)

I'm not really into the PINK method, just interested in the smoothie. I was just thinking of drinking an energy smoothie in the morning. The smoothie I was going to drink is whey protein, strawberries and almond milk. Then maybe eating a light lunch and dinner. I bought me some fruits to eat today, so hopefully that will help with my eating during the day....makes for a good snack. I use sugar and creamer in my coffee, Idon't like coffee without sugar, so I thought maybe I would cut out the sugar and just use creamer. Maybe that'll help some. I really don't snack that often...things such as chips, cookies & so on...I don't really eat any of those, so I'm good there as well as I don't eat many carbs, especially the bad carbs. I'm definitely going to go to that website and start tracking what I eat. Thanks for that.

twinieten
12-31-2011, 07:55 AM
You sound just like me! I'm fat and fatigued and I have no answers!

Tell me, did your doctor do a TSH test for your thyroid, call it normal and that was that? Or did he run Free T3, Free T4, blood sugar, iron and have you had your vitamin D tested? What about B12? Is it possible you are anemic or in need of B12? If your TSH was on the high end of normal, you could still have a problem. Have you tested your saliva to see what your cortisol levels are? Maybe you could see a Naturopathic Doctor who can guide you through all of that.

Of course your nutrition is going to factor in big time. I think starting there is key. Fruits and veggies, etc. which it sound like you're already starting to improve. I hear that the D3 is better than D2. I take 2000 i.u. per day even though my test showed well within normal limits. I don't know what is the recommended dose. Maybe you could try a liquid multi vitamin which absorbs better and more quickly. I also take fish oil which I understand is supposed to help with energy, among a few others, including B vitamins.

I'm still tired. I could sleep all day, all night. There are days when I come home from work and I'm so fatigued, I just can't think, or do anything. It's that brain fog. It's bad! I hate it! Sometimes I lay down for 20 minutes or even an hour after I get home, before I get up and start dinner.

Lately, I've been pushing myself to get on the treadmill instead of lying down. For me, the exercise helps. It doesn't wear me out more, and it doesn't revive energy, but it's better than lying down and sleeping, which also doesn't wear me out more or revive my energy. In the end, after I have exercised, I just feel better because i know I did something good. Probably, the endorphins help, but I have yet to experience the phenomena where I feel like I have to exercise because my body craves the endorphins.

Sometimes I think you have to just do it. Just move. I mean, if you feel like a slug after a nap or lounging around, and if you feel like a slug after exercising, then exercise instead. Maybe it's worth trying. If it wears you down more, then maybe try shorter rounds. Maybe some sit ups and push ups in your living room while you watch TV, squats or jumping jacks or bounce on a mini trampoline during commercials..... just a little bit, not a lot and see if you can't increase your time slowly.

Oh, so your original question.... is there something you drink or take that helps? Not that I've found. I'm interested in learning more about your PINK smoothies if you wouldn't mind sharing a link. I did a quick google search, and a lot of stuff comes up that I don't know if they have anything to do with a "PINK method".

I've been drinking ********** shakes most days to fight that mid afternoon hunger and fatigue. It's helped with the hunger aspect, but not so much with the fatigue. I'm looking for a cheaper alternative that is as nutrient rich as **********, so I'd like to learn more about that PINK.

kandyrews
01-01-2012, 06:36 PM
You sound just like me! I'm fat and fatigued and I have no answers!

Tell me, did your doctor do a TSH test for your thyroid, call it normal and that was that? Or did he run Free T3, Free T4, blood sugar, iron and have you had your vitamin D tested? What about B12? Is it possible you are anemic or in need of B12? If your TSH was on the high end of normal, you could still have a problem. Have you tested your saliva to see what your cortisol levels are? Maybe you could see a Naturopathic Doctor who can guide you through all of that.

Of course your nutrition is going to factor in big time. I think starting there is key. Fruits and veggies, etc. which it sound like you're already starting to improve. I hear that the D3 is better than D2. I take 2000 i.u. per day even though my test showed well within normal limits. I don't know what is the recommended dose. Maybe you could try a liquid multi vitamin which absorbs better and more quickly. I also take fish oil which I understand is supposed to help with energy, among a few others, including B vitamins.

I'm still tired. I could sleep all day, all night. There are days when I come home from work and I'm so fatigued, I just can't think, or do anything. It's that brain fog. It's bad! I hate it! Sometimes I lay down for 20 minutes or even an hour after I get home, before I get up and start dinner.

Lately, I've been pushing myself to get on the treadmill instead of lying down. For me, the exercise helps. It doesn't wear me out more, and it doesn't revive energy, but it's better than lying down and sleeping, which also doesn't wear me out more or revive my energy. In the end, after I have exercised, I just feel better because i know I did something good. Probably, the endorphins help, but I have yet to experience the phenomena where I feel like I have to exercise because my body craves the endorphins.

Sometimes I think you have to just do it. Just move. I mean, if you feel like a slug after a nap or lounging around, and if you feel like a slug after exercising, then exercise instead. Maybe it's worth trying. If it wears you down more, then maybe try shorter rounds. Maybe some sit ups and push ups in your living room while you watch TV, squats or jumping jacks or bounce on a mini trampoline during commercials..... just a little bit, not a lot and see if you can't increase your time slowly.

Oh, so your original question.... is there something you drink or take that helps? Not that I've found. I'm interested in learning more about your PINK smoothies if you wouldn't mind sharing a link. I did a quick google search, and a lot of stuff comes up that I don't know if they have anything to do with a "PINK method".

I've been drinking ********** shakes most days to fight that mid afternoon hunger and fatigue. It's helped with the hunger aspect, but not so much with the fatigue. I'm looking for a cheaper alternative that is as nutrient rich as **********, so I'd like to learn more about that PINK.

I've heard B12 helps with energy, vitamin D, fish oil, etc, so many things that I don't know which one to try. I've also been told to take L Carintine with B12, so I don't know what I should do. I want to take the right thing. Hopefully, I will soon have my treadmill so I can get started. I found a nice used one today that I can afford, so I would be able to get it within the next two weeks. As far as the PINK Method goes, I don't think we're allowed to post links here so just do a google search the pink method and it should be the first link that pops up and it says P.I.N.K. Method HOME ;) I was only really interested in the drink they used. They have videos to work out to, me I would just use my treadmill and then do some free weight work. I have some 3, 5 & 8 lb dumbbells to use. I wish you luck in your journey too...may we both be successful!

StraitLover
01-01-2012, 10:02 PM
I'd be willing to bet you are Vit D deficient. There was a while where I was so tired I could barely put one foot in front of the other. My Vit D level was in the toilet. I had to take a prescription level pill (50,000 IU), one pill per week for 12 weeks. Made a big difference!

Make sure your doc tests your Vit D level. I don't think it's part of regular blood screenings, they have to specifically request it.

kandyrews
01-02-2012, 06:09 PM
I'd be willing to bet you are Vit D deficient. There was a while where I was so tired I could barely put one foot in front of the other. My Vit D level was in the toilet. I had to take a prescription level pill (50,000 IU), one pill per week for 12 weeks. Made a big difference!

Make sure your doc tests your Vit D level. I don't think it's part of regular blood screenings, they have to specifically request it.

It could very well be that because I'm not outdoors to get sunlight much, in fact, very, very little. I'll have to bring that up to Dr. next time I go.

NEMom
01-02-2012, 06:13 PM
There is a drink called Spark that I have used. You mix it into water and it gives you a little pick me up. Also has some benefits for your immune system. Does not contain all the sugar and caffeine in engery drinks. I don't use it on a regular basis but do like it.
I do find that the more I lay around the less engery I have. Forcing myself to get up and exercise does help but it takes time to see the benefits.

kandyrews
01-02-2012, 06:22 PM
Thanks for that. I think I've heard of that drink before. I'm getting my treadmill this Friday, but my energy level is still at an all time low, so I know I'm going to need something to help me along. I've never felt this tired in my life. But I am determined to lose this weight.

memoree
01-03-2012, 06:06 PM
I had this same problem. I contribute it to SUNLIGHT. I live where we get about 65 days a year of sun. SUCKS!! I bought the light for light therapy. So far I haven't really seen a plus or minus to it. I will keep using it and hopefully it'll kick in. I also notice it's after 2 when I get so tired and blah. I work and don't get home til 5 and by then I do not even wanna exercise. I wanna sleep

kandyrews
01-05-2012, 11:48 AM
I had this same problem. I contribute it to SUNLIGHT. I live where we get about 65 days a year of sun. SUCKS!! I bought the light for light therapy. So far I haven't really seen a plus or minus to it. I will keep using it and hopefully it'll kick in. I also notice it's after 2 when I get so tired and blah. I work and don't get home til 5 and by then I do not even wanna exercise. I wanna sleep

I know I don't get enough sunlight. I thought about getting one of those lamps, but they're so expensive. The cheapest one I've seen on Amazon.com is like $69.99 and unless I know it works and works great, I'm not willing to spend that kind of money. In the meantime, I'm looking for other alternative such a energy drinks or vitamins. There are many out there I've heard of to take, but the question is which one...there's so many.

Zemelle
01-14-2012, 09:56 PM
I have been on Nexium for acid reflux since 2006 and I got wore out! Perhaps consider B-12 shots or a B-12 patch? I also take probiotics and they have helped with the bloating feeling, which was dragging me down too.

stronger4me
01-14-2012, 10:11 PM
Are you sure you're getting enough calories and protein? Lack of protein, for me, leads to headaches and brain fog and I can't get anything done, especially not exercisse (no motivation!). Also, you may not be giving yourself enough calories. Sometimes it's best to exercise more rather than cut a lot of calories.

And the big kicker--water! Lack of water can lead to fatigue, but if you're drinking plenty of it it actually helps you lose weight and stave off hunger.

So there's my guess: 1. calories 2. protein 3. water

Tkkoz
01-14-2012, 10:17 PM
I saw a P.I.N.K method chat on here in Dec. and they said the shakes gave them energy. Of course they are not an overnight fix, but in a week or so they noticed a difference. Here are the ones they liked:

Breakky smoothies

Smoothies (you can sub different fruits/powders) Right now I am using Whey Protein Powder and Almond Milk for all and adding 3T Hemp Seeds)
#1
1 C Almond, Coconut, Hemp or Rice Milk (under 100 cals/cup)
1 Scoop Whey Protein Powder (Hemp, Natural Whey, Pea no Soy)
1 Cup Frozen Strawberries (or whatever berries you want)

#2
1 C Coconut Water (under 100 cals/cup)
1 Scoop (2 T) Hemp Powder (Hemp, Natural Whey, Pea no Soy)
12 Frozen Strawberries (or whatever berries you want)
1 Raw Carrot
1 Handful Raw Spinach (I am using Kale this week)
Small Raw Beet
1 Medjool Date (not in mine J)

#3
1 C Coconut Milk or Almond Milk (under 100 cals/cup)
1 Scoop (2 T) Hemp Powder (Hemp, Natural Whey, Pea no Soy)
10 Frozen Strawberries (or whatever berries you want)
1 Banana
1 Handful Raw Spinach (I am using Kale)
Small Raw Beet
Lime Juiced
Liquid Stevia (if needed) - I don't add

I am yet to try them myself, been on summer holidays and not really on plan just yet. Best of luck :)

luckymommy
01-14-2012, 10:20 PM
I've heard great things about the Body Ecology Diet. It's mainly for getting rid of yeast. A lot of people have yeast overgrowth but not necessarily yeast infections. It causes fatigue and foggy thinking. Some symptoms can be a white coating on the tongue, craving for sweets, bad breath coming from the stomach and there are possibly others as well. You can google the diet but I think it's relatively cheap and worth a shot.

Tkkoz
01-14-2012, 11:25 PM
Hi lucky, have you tried this diet yourself? Im interested to know how someone has gone with it :)

kandyrews
01-15-2012, 12:33 PM
Smoothies (you can sub different fruits/powders) Right now I am using Whey Protein Powder and Almond Milk for all and adding 3T Hemp Seeds)
#1
1 C Almond, Coconut, Hemp or Rice Milk (under 100 cals/cup)
1 Scoop Whey Protein Powder (Hemp, Natural Whey, Pea no Soy)
1 Cup Frozen Strawberries (or whatever berries you want)

This is the smoothie I am just started drinking mornings. This way I get my protein. And I read on PINK's site it revs up your metabolism and gives you more energy. I also drink plenty of water and walk/jog on the treadmill 30 minutes 5x a week, plus lift light weights 3x a week. Hopefully, I will start getting more energy. So far, still not much energy. But, I've only been working out a week and just started the smoothies yesterday. So I'll give it time to work.

mairin7
01-15-2012, 03:27 PM
Hi!
Sorry to hear of your lack of energy. I know what that feels like. My genes tend toward sedentary despite the fact I do not want to be a slug.

Tumeric, in capsles, is a kitchen spice that has anti-imflamatory properties. I noticed if I use tumeric, I have way more energy.

Real foods, the way Nature intended, are how we are supposed t
o be fed. I use eggs for smoothies. World of difference.
Good luck!

Tkkoz
01-15-2012, 03:47 PM
Hi mairin7,
Besides eggs, what else do you put in your smoothies please? I am trying to have eggs each day (it has lowered my cholesterol) but am time challenged of a work morning to cook them.
Thank you :)

HoosierMomma
01-15-2012, 04:51 PM
:carrot:This was me a few months ago. I was so physically tired I felt like someone was holding me down and I just couldnt get up. After blood tests showed I was b12 and d3 deficient, I started taking supplements. I also started taking the l-carnatine and drinking Yerba mate instead of my normal green tea and couldn't believe i Had so much energy. A week ago i started mo itoring/counting calories abd i notice my energy levels are consistently higher when i eat good with little to no white foods (breads, sugar, etc) month ago I added exercise, about 4-6 times a week and now its hard to believe how little energy I had a few months ago.

I recommend starting adding D3 and l-canitine and then adding exercise. Also Try to monitor what your eating-I use an ap called my fitness pal for tracking both calories and exercise. I think if you start slow then build you'll have more energy before you know it. Good luck, Theresa

anga
01-15-2012, 07:23 PM
I'm with the people who have suggested vitamin D.
A couple of months ago I felt the same way as you did and I'm never out in the sun. My doctor put my on prescription vitamin D (and suggested a B complex). It took a couple of weeks to kick in but I can tell a huge difference between before and after.

Good luck in finding what works for you. :-)

mairin7
01-16-2012, 12:40 AM
What I do with eggs is wisk them into some cold water, add boiling water and wisk and blend it in with my smoothie. If I have fresh organic eggs, I just crack them into blender raw I love eggs,apricots, pineapple and banana with ginger, coconut oil (immediate energy) and coconut water as the liquid base.

Green smoothie: kale, apples, coconut oil, ginger, stevia and pineapple juice.

Low carb: eggs, cream, stevia, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger

These are the usual recipes I have used. Happy smoothies. : )

Tkkoz
01-16-2012, 02:36 AM
What I do with eggs is wisk them into some cold water, add boiling water and wisk and blend it in with my smoothie. If I have fresh organic eggs, I just crack them into blender raw I love eggs,apricots, pineapple and banana with ginger, coconut oil (immediate energy) and coconut water as the liquid base.

Green smoothie: kale, apples, coconut oil, ginger, stevia and pineapple juice.

Low carb: eggs, cream, stevia, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger

These are the usual recipes I have used. Happy smoothies. : )

Thank you very much!

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kandyrews
01-17-2012, 06:03 PM
I'm with the people who have suggested vitamin D.
A couple of months ago I felt the same way as you did and I'm never out in the sun. My doctor put my on prescription vitamin D (and suggested a B complex). It took a couple of weeks to kick in but I can tell a huge difference between before and after.

Good luck in finding what works for you. :-)

More and more I'm thinking maybe I should try a Vitamin D because I most definitely don't get enough sun. I'm indoors practically all day every day. Because I'm exercising going on 2 weeks now and I added a protein shake and so far, still very little energy. I had my thyroid tested and it's not that. I don't know what all they checked in my blood last, but said my tests were good.

nkkdmd
11-15-2013, 08:56 AM
Does anyone know of a good supplement or smoothie to take for energy? I am so exhausted and tired all the time. I mean it's really bad. I'm too tired to even get ready to ever go outta the house, let alone exercise. And I've heard exercising gives you energy, but not me, it makes me that much more tired. I can sleep 6 hrs, 8 or 10 I'm still exhausted. I pretty much stay on the couch all day because I'm too tired to move.

I thought I would start by replacing my breakfast and lunch with the P.I.N.K smoothie... 1 cup coconut milk or 1 cup almond, milk, hemp milk, or rice milk, 1scoop vanilla whey protein powder, 1 cup frozen (unsweetened) or fresh strawberries. Anyone heard of it? I figure it's worth a try.

Have you tried juicing with beets? I know that this might sound disgusting because most people do not like beets but they give a powerful punch when juiced and adds so much energy. I am the same sluggish way until I incorporate beets into my everyday diet. If I forget a day, I get tired again, that is how I know for a fact that it is the beets. You can find several different juicing recipes online for juicing with beets. Give it a try.

LaurieDawn
12-13-2013, 05:29 PM
Hi nkkdmd! I don't know if you noticed this, but the OP last posted in January of 2012, so she's not likely to hear your advice. =) However, I'm glad you bumped the thread, as it was a really interesting read. In particular, your suggestion about beets sounds like an interesting thing to try. I don't get enough sleep, and I am trying to remedy that, but beets sounds like a much easier suggestion to implement to combat the tired feeling.

Sassyblonde
12-26-2013, 12:34 AM
I know this might sound silly but hear me out. One thing that can affect you is you telling yourself how tired you are. I have done that. You really do become what your thoughts tell you. If you constantly walk around saying how tired you feel, your body will believe you. I have seen a lot of research on the subject and I know that it works for me. I can talk myself into depression and talk myself into feeling stressed or I can talk myself Into feeling better. But this could be a medical issue or nutrient deficiency also. I recently found due to tracking everything I eat that I do not get enough iron and probably haven't for a long time. So I've supplemented and see a huge difference in how I feel! Just my two cents. Good luck on your journey :)