Sugar and Sleep

I’ve always been a relatively healthy eater in my adult life.  This of course was after a long phase in high school of eating Entenmann’s chocolate donuts for breakfast and sometimes lunch (seriously ask my best friend Melanie I ate them for basically 50% of my meals). I’ve also always been very active and athletic.  However, I’ve never really followed a particular way of eating…paleo, zone, etc.  I’ve just always kind of followed what I called a strict 85-90% clean and 10-15% stuff I wanted.

Recently a lot of my friends have tried out the Renaissance Periodization Diet.  They’ve all made tremendous gains on their lifts and tell me they feel amazing–not to mention they’ve cut their body fat percent and leaned out.  So–I decided to give this it a try, I bought the templates for my weight and gender.

I’ve been doing it only about a week and a half and I decided to have some cake at dinner and “cheat”(I have a serious sweet tooth) I immediately felt awful.  What was more troubling to me was that when I woke up the next morning I felt like I had a hangover.  I had slept a solid 9 hours and only woke up once because of my dog barking. I couldn’t believe how great I had been feeling when I woke up on the RP diet and how shitty I felt this morning when I woke up. I’ve always been a good sleeper–head hits pillow I’m out.  I’m blessed in this respect I realize.

I’m wondering if anyone else out there has had this experience when they strictly cleaned up their diet that sugar made them feel like shit?  I’ve heard people talk about it and how when they then have sugar their body is basically rejecting it.  I’ve honestly always kind of thought “yea ok whatever”.  But now I’m wondering if there is something to it?

 

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