Hi there, my name is Tracy and my husbands name is Mark

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Tracyand Mark R.
Joined: 7/29/2013

Hi there.  My husband and I have just started using the NB for the first time on Monday of this week.

I have a question about being tired after drinking the shake.  Should someone feel tired after drinking a NB shake.  My husband gets really tired after lunch.  This may have nothing to do with the NB shakes as we have been eating non NB shakes at lunch time.  He is at work and I am a stay at home mom.  I am not tired at all, but since we have started doing the shakes since this past Monday, my husband gets really tired in the afternoon.  On Monday when he was off he needed to get a nap.  So far this past Tuesday and Wednesday he has expressed to me that he is tired after lunch when he calls me at home.  And then he expresses his tiredness when he gets home from work.  He works 9 am to 5 pm.  He really had no tiredness issues before we started the NB shakes.  Him and I have talked about this tiredness issue and we just can't come up with any real ideas as to why this is happening to him.  In addition, for lunches we are trying to eat what is left in the fridge and cabinets so as to not waste the food we have bought before we started doing the shakes.  The shakes consist of 50% organic spring mix (lettuce, kale and spinach) always, and a mix of any of these on different days - organic strawberries, banana, organic frozen mango, organic frozen pinapple, frozen rasberries for me not Mark, organic chia seeds, and organic goji berries.  Mark and I really would like to be able to do 2 shakes a day namely at breakfast and lunch and the a healthy dinner but money is tight and we are trying to finish all the food we bought before buying foods that are tailored toward the NB system.

So here are our biggest concerns:

1. Mark getting a full night's sleep without waking.

2. Mark not being extremely tired after lunch.

3. Losing weight 

4. Eating our ways to more healthy lives.  Mark's mom and dad's sides have had heart disease, blood pressure problems and cancer (his mom died in 07 and grandmother in 93 of cancer), and diabetes.  Mark has been tested for all of these without any concerns.  He is 34.  Tracy's mom and dad's sides have been healthy for the most part.


Any input toward this message would be very helpful and much appreciated.


Mark and Tracy

PS. Here's to a better life!!!


Hello Mark and Tracy! Welcome to the NutriLiving family :) My first thoughts after reading what ingredients you are using in the NutriBlasts, it looks like it is mainly fruit. The energy slump may be due to blood sugar imbalance. The Blast might cause a spike in blood sugar and follow a couple hours later with a blood sugar drop (hence the energy slump). Try making a NutriBlast with 2/3 veggies and leafy greens and 1/3 fruit with about 2-3 boosts. Ideally those fruits should be low glycemic. Here's a great article with more details on Blasting for Blood Sugar Control: http://www.nutriliving.com/blog/blasting-blood-sugar-control In addition to the blood sugar issue, the low energy could be a byproduct of your body detoxifying depending on what type of foods you were eating before and what you are eating now. When you clean up your diet, your body releases itself of toxins which could cause this side effect. To help excrete these, be sure to get in some exercise (enough to work up a light sweat), maybe try a massage, a nice hot bath/sauna/steam room (if no asthma), dry brushing, and deep breathing, and start the day with a nice warm glass of water with lemon (and maybe some ginger) - this helps get your digestive system primed for the day. It is also important to take a look at the other foods you are eating and timing of meals. Are you drinking coffee? Here's a good coffee replacement - energy booster! http://www.nutriliving.com/recipes/coffee-replacement-nutriblast Are you getting enough sleep? http://www.nutriliving.com/blog/top-10-bedroom-tips-good-nights-sleep http://www.nutriliving.com/recipes/sleepy-seeds http://www.nutriliving.com/recipes/snooze-inducing-blast Are you getting enough calories? Not getting enough calories can leave you tired and also can hinder weight loss. See #6 in Wally's article here: http://www.nutriliving.com/blog/frustrated-your-weight-loss-what-you-could-be-doing-wrong (and read the rest of it too!) This is a good start! Let me know your thoughts :)
Mark and Tracy, thanks for the question. There could be multiple causes so lets take a look at what I think would be the most common. I do have a couple of questions; what time are you both drinking the NB blast? You also mentioned doing a non NB shake, is that now or before make NB blast? Possible causes; If you are using the shake/blast to replace a meal you may not be getting enough calories. If you make sudden or drastic changes to your dietary intake the body doesn't like it. It can cause a lack of energy and will take your body time to adjust to new foods and routines. Our bodies do not like drastic changes to our diet. Are you drinking enough water? Dehydration, even mild will cause fatigue. Make sure you drink at least half your body weight in fluid ounces of water. For example, if you weigh 150 lbs. you need at least 75 ounces of liquid per day. Water is better absorbed when sipped 2 to 3 ounces at a time. 1 cup an hour is a good way to stay hydrated. If you exercise or sweat a lot you need more fluid. Are you going long stretches without a snack, meal or blast? Everyone should fuel there body 5 to 6 times per day. This keeps blood sugar stable and energy available. You both may be detoxing. Without knowing what your diet is like now and before blasting with the NB it's just a guess. Detoxing side effects can be any of these; fatigue, headaches, body aches, sinus like symptoms, low grad fever and just general malaise. Detoxing can last a few days typically and them energy and health return. Looks like you have more fruits than vegetables and you most likely are seeing a sugar crash a hour or two after each blast. The banana, mango and pineapple are high in sugar. For shakes/blast I would suggest at least half vegetables and the other half low sugar fruits like, green apples, berries, peaches and plums. One of my favorite blast are , carrots, kale, ginger, cucumber, bell pepper, green apple, strawberries, Ceylon cinnamon and a little stevia. Sometimes I also add a little Bragg's apple cider vinegar. I hope this helps. Healthy wishes wally Bishop C.N.C.
Hi Wally and Krista, ThankHi Wally and Krista, Thank you so much for both of your informed opinions. I was hoping when I typed that long message that it wouldn't be to confusing as there was a lot of information to divulge. Anyhow, thus far I have been making my blasts a half hour after rising from bed. When I had a snack on Tuesday and Wednesday it was 10+ pieces of organic cucumber with some non-organic ranch that I would use to dip. Today, Thursday I had a non-organic cereal bar for a snack. I have not had any snacks in the afternoons thus far. Today is the first day I did not have any tiredness after lunch or at all for that matter yet. Each night we have been eating the food that was already in our fridge/freezer and cabinets before we started doing the NB. Once we finish the "old" foods we will go grocery shopping for healthier whole foods. I seriously want to be doing healthier alternatives throughout the day but we can't see the reason to waste food we already had bought in the past. I bring in the sole income currently as my wife is unemployed and we have two kids. I know how important it is to eat healthy, whole foods and the NB makes that possible I only wish I had reverted to this means of healthy eating long before. I saw the comment on the fruit. Although I try to balance the fruit with the veggies, it seems I should be using more veggies then fruits. I completely understand this as fruit does convert to sugar thus the "rush" and then the "downer." I will check the articles out and when we get into a position to be blasting more and eating healthier snacks in between and then a healthier whole dinner I will re-post results. Thank you both Wally and Krista for all your input. Kind Regards, Mark