So…I had an interesting experience this morning.

When I was in middle school, I used to get really bad migraines. Like, terrible headache, splotchy vision, random numbness, nausea. I haven’t had one since middle school.

But then this morning on the way to class, I realized I couldn’t see. There were just pieces missing-almost like if you looked into the sun and then looked around. I was worried I was getting my first migraine.

By the time I got to class, my vision was much worse and I was really shaky. I was sitting in lecture and I couldn’t see. I couldn’t focus. I felt really weak.

Then, I had another thought. I was worried I had dropped my blood sugar really low. This morning at Crossfit, the WOD wasn’t insane or anything, but we did lots of really heavy squats. As in 90% of max for both front squats and back squats. I had cranberry bread before, and this after:


In my terrible state, I grabbed the sweet potato I packed for lunch and within a few bites, my vision started clearing and I felt less shaky. After finishing the sweet potato, I was able to function, pay attention, and participate although I still felt sort of off. I decided that it was probably due to lack of carbs post workout, and my blood sugar must have dropped really low.

But then as I was walking out of class, my hand went numb. And then my face went numb. And then it passed and I went to buy a muffin to nibble on.

And here we are a few hours later post-muffin+sweet potato + lunch and I feel 100% normal. So I’m not sure-was it a migraine (without a headache? Although I took Advil this morning) or was it poor post-workout fueling?

All I know is I don’t want to take my chances! Next time I’m going to keep a granola bar on hand, and refuel post-workout with plenty of carbs.

Any tips/advice?

6 comments on “The Need to Properly Fuel Post-Workout

  1. Sky @ Blonde Freedom

    Well sadly I don’t have any advice. I guess you did need more fuel in your body than you thought after that workout. I’m glad you’re okay!

    1. astottler Post author

      Thank you!

  2. Elsie @ Sharing Healthiness

    That must have scared you off! I am no expert but I am guessing that it can be due to low blood sugar as you say or perhaps an imbalance or depletion of minerals. Sometimes were intense workouts alter your mineral levels. Perhaps try to take electrolytes from coconut water or a beverage that is rich in minerals. Hope it helps! 🙂

    1. astottler Post author

      That’s interesting! I’ll try electrolytes next time!

  3. Rina

    I have the same problem, usually due to post-workout fueling issues! It’s no fun to suffer a hypoglycemic crash. I would keep snacks full of carbohydrates stashed everywhere and make sure to eat a very large breakfast after working out.

    1. astottler Post author

      Good suggestions! I stashed some bread in my bag to carry around just in case it happens again!

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