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morning drowsiness after breakfast

Answered on August 24, 2017
Created December 30, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Finally I have cured all my gut issues, but since some time I experience another, altough quite minor problem. Each day, after I eat my first meal ( around 10:00 am ), I become sleepy and letharghic ( both physically and mentally ). I used to do intermittent fasting, but now it's out of question, since I am way too much underweight. My breakfast usually consists of a smoothie made of banana, homemade kefir, egg yolks and a bit of honey. Also tried with low carb variations and it still brings about same effect.
Any ideas?

1c7f48b2a066fb8fc5927ec31aa3e391

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on December 31, 2011
at 02:31 PM

Ok, I will try then some variations with low to none carb and put more carbs to later dishes.

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on December 30, 2011
at 05:07 PM

Agreed. I would ditch the smoothie for whole foods. That smoothie sounds like it would be great after vigorous exercise.

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on December 30, 2011
at 05:05 PM

kefir is still insulagenic and could be causing major blood sugar swings. i'd get away from the dairy and substitute if with something else, just to see if it makes a difference.

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on December 30, 2011
at 04:45 PM

Rose, I would never put more than a bit of banana into a shake, and then only if I was heading out for a walk. Higher protein, OTOH, doesn't make me sleepy.

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on December 30, 2011
at 04:38 PM

I agree. It sounds like a post-prandial hypoglycemic episode. I'd go for fat, cut the carbs to near nothing, and lower the protein, too.

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

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on December 30, 2011
at 04:23 PM

that's what I am thinking Annie

1c7f48b2a066fb8fc5927ec31aa3e391

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on December 30, 2011
at 03:05 PM

Leptin reset? Never heard of it before, just read few lines now. Does it work for both underweight and overweight or only for the latter? I doubt it might work for me, since whenever I drop below 100g carbs a day I start losing weight ( no matter how much I compensate in proteins and/or fats ).
IF did the same for me, but as I said now my goal is to gain some weight and IF doesn't help here.
I usually have been eating moderate amounts of proteins ( like 3-4 egg yolks + 300g kefir ).
I usually don't drink coffee.

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on December 30, 2011
at 03:00 PM

Doesn't sound like enough calories or protein, to me. Try a burger fro breakfast instead & see how you feel.

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on December 30, 2011
at 02:55 PM

A smoothie would put me into a coma.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on December 30, 2011
at 03:51 PM

I think the first issue is that you are drinking your calories. You are kind of pre-chewing them by blending them. This also allows you to get more calories into your system faster, without your normal satiety signal kicking in.

If you insist on sticking with a liquid breakfast, I would highly recommend upping the fiber and maybe the fat. Try heavy whipping cream (not a lot mind you) and maybe some inulin, flax, psyllium, or even chia.

These should slow down digestion.

It sounds like maybe the food is hitting your blood stream all at once.

Alternatively, you could have a small steak or chicken breast with a couple of fried eggs and some veggies or sweet potato. Maybe a pat of butter on the sweet potato if you choose chicken breast.

A942dbc90fe12f7f90744a68f9f223e2

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on December 30, 2011
at 05:07 PM

Agreed. I would ditch the smoothie for whole foods. That smoothie sounds like it would be great after vigorous exercise.

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8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

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on December 30, 2011
at 04:24 PM

Sounds like a carb bomb to me, and would send me into a nap immediately if I wasn't out the door exercising or something. Have you tried adding more fat to it, and less carb?

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

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on December 30, 2011
at 04:38 PM

I agree. It sounds like a post-prandial hypoglycemic episode. I'd go for fat, cut the carbs to near nothing, and lower the protein, too.

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

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on December 30, 2011
at 04:45 PM

Rose, I would never put more than a bit of banana into a shake, and then only if I was heading out for a walk. Higher protein, OTOH, doesn't make me sleepy.

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on December 30, 2011
at 07:18 PM

I'd use whole eggs and plenty of them. Do you eat meat? Eggs are something you can fix quickly and enrich with leftover cooked meat/vegetables. Since you're trying to gain weight there's no reason to restrict carbs but eat the banana whole and maybe fry some potato chunks (white or sweet as you prefer) with the eggs and other things.

If you still get sleepy, just fill up on eggs and meat and see what happens. If you don't eat meat try a little rice. It's considered a "safe" starch and you don't have weight issues.

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4d6aa1a676240b15dc569ff8ade0500f

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on December 30, 2011
at 05:02 PM

for some reason smoothies do the same thing to me. and they result in my being hungry again sooner. i'm not sure it's so much the effect of the carbs, as much as they are additionally liquefied, raising the blood sugar even more quickly than if i were eating a bowl of fruit. don't really eat breakfast anymore, but when i did, i was an eggs & bacon kinda gal!

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on August 08, 2017
at 08:18 PM

I don't usually have breakfast. From what I am concercened, it is not the "most important meal of the day" and nor it is the one you should eat a lot. More specifically, the carbs you eat first thing in the morning are the ones that are causing you that drowsiness effect. So, my recommendation is that you don't have breakfast besides a cup of black coffe with coconut milk. However, if you feel like you don't want to completely remove breakfast, you can also eat something, but make sure it is proteins and fats only, otherwise you will fall again into that sluggish state.

Hope it helps!

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on December 30, 2011
at 12:35 PM

That's sort of normal for meals, but depending on the intensity, you might try a leptin reset, or is that what you're up to?

I've always found that doing an IF left me more awake and able to concentrate more over having breakfast.

When you've said you've tried low carb versions of this, were they also high protein? Both high protein and carbs will be insulogenic, so of course once you hit the threshold for blood glucose levels, insulin is triggered and that moves the nutrients out of the blood and into fat cells. Which is perfectly fine if you're underweight, but you'll have to put up with the food coma.

Another thing I've found, though you don't mention coffee, is that if I had more than one mug of coffee, that the 2nd one would also cause lethargy. I think I debugged this to the fact that caffeine steals magnesium, and that mixing in cocoa powder in both mugs prevents this. n=1, and YMMV and all that.

4d6aa1a676240b15dc569ff8ade0500f

(2546)

on December 30, 2011
at 05:05 PM

kefir is still insulagenic and could be causing major blood sugar swings. i'd get away from the dairy and substitute if with something else, just to see if it makes a difference.

1c7f48b2a066fb8fc5927ec31aa3e391

(175)

on December 30, 2011
at 03:05 PM

Leptin reset? Never heard of it before, just read few lines now. Does it work for both underweight and overweight or only for the latter? I doubt it might work for me, since whenever I drop below 100g carbs a day I start losing weight ( no matter how much I compensate in proteins and/or fats ).
IF did the same for me, but as I said now my goal is to gain some weight and IF doesn't help here.
I usually have been eating moderate amounts of proteins ( like 3-4 egg yolks + 300g kefir ).
I usually don't drink coffee.

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on August 24, 2017
at 11:39 AM

Sleepiness after eating is common in many people. Many people feel fatigue, dying for bed after eating. Sleepiness in th e morning or after breakfast can be caused by the inappropriate choice of food. Though, smoothies are very healthy and a brilliant breakfast. But some fruit like banana are hard to digest for some people. There are some other reasons for the drowsiness:

Food: choice of food for breakfast matter alot. Have healthy breakfast which is easy to digest. Meal with tryptophan, a sleep-inducing amino acid causes sleepiness. Turkey, eggs, cheese, spinach, soy, fish, and tofu are the food under this category.

Sleeping Habits: maintain a regular sleep plan, disturbed sleep is also the reason of sleepiness in the morning.

Insulin Production: The food we eat can affect the body’s natural production of insulin. some people have difficulty to produce insuline, hence headaches, weakness, and dizziness occurs.

Food Intolerance: sleepiness after eating may caused by some food allergies or intolerance to particular food.

Nutrient Deficiency: If our body didn't get enogh nutrients, leads to problem in disgestive system which further cause low energy level and tiredness after meal.

Now, How to deal with drowsiness?

Have small but frequent meals, Manage your meal, eat nutrition rich food, have breakfast at right time, regular exercise.

Hope this helps you.

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on August 08, 2017
at 10:59 AM

Nice tips i would surely try them to avoid drowsiness after Lunch break

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on December 30, 2011
at 05:51 PM

i think what you are describing is natural. thats it. nothing more to add.

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on December 30, 2011
at 03:36 PM

That seems pretty sugary to me. I can't do anything like that in the morning or I would totally crash, too. (My breakfasts are fat+protein, and sometimes some greens if I have time.) The honey and the banana alone probably contain about 40 to 50 grams of sugar, and the kefir adds a little bit more. That's about twice the sugar of a Capri Sun juice pouch.

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on December 30, 2011
at 03:01 PM

Doesn't sound like enough calories or protein to me. Dairy can make me sleepy, too.

Try a burger instead and see how you feel.

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