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Why do I feel depressed after eating a heavy meal?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 29, 2012 at 4:33 AM

If I eat a decent amount of food including e.g. a fatty cut of steak, and I wasn't starving for the meal, I'll often drift closer toward a 'depressed' state. To be clear though, I don't consider my circumstances to have changed, nor do I consider there anything to be depressed about. It's simply a physical chain reaction.

So I'm wondering whether this is normal, and anyone who eats too much heavy food has this sort of effect, or whether I may have some sort of underlying health issue leading to this reaction. What effect does a heavy meal have on your mood, especially if it was a suboptimally large portion?

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on January 31, 2013
at 03:01 AM

My cheeks feel weird after a heavy meal

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on December 29, 2012
at 09:55 AM

Could be indigestion.

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on December 29, 2012
at 05:03 AM

Yeah it's sort of a mix of sleepy, relaxed, and, well, depressed. No idea why. Also I can't think very straight, though I guess that's part of feeling 'sleepy'

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on December 29, 2012
at 05:00 AM

do you feel that you overate as well. sometimes if you 'think' that you actually ate 'too much' (of anything), this could lead to an emotional change.

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on January 30, 2013
at 11:00 PM

Because it's over.

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on January 30, 2013
at 10:50 PM

I have also noticed this happening to me. I do not have depression, I exercise frequently and eat a pescetarian diet. It seems like when I wake up in the morning, I'm a little groggy, but very inspired for the day. Then when I eat lunch at about 1pm, my mood instantly starts dripping and it's hard for me to get it back. I'm going to try a daily run in the afternoon before I eat and see if that does anything. I'd also recommend eating less, maybe adding a bit more sugar and seeing if that helps.

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on December 29, 2012
at 09:50 AM

Endotxins after a large, particularly fatty meal might be a factor although I'm inclinded to say that the more likely factors of relevance would be psychological (as of course linked with physiological) (thouhgh difficult so say!)

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on December 29, 2012
at 04:49 AM

I've never felt emotionally depressed following a heavy meal. Sleepy or relaxed? Absolutely. Resources are diverted to digestion, leaving less energy for other functions.

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on December 29, 2012
at 05:03 AM

Yeah it's sort of a mix of sleepy, relaxed, and, well, depressed. No idea why. Also I can't think very straight, though I guess that's part of feeling 'sleepy'

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on May 12, 2013
at 10:07 PM

I have the same problem. So, for the past year i have been on the intermittent diet, eating only, every other day. This has made a miraculous difference in my life.

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on January 31, 2013
at 07:24 AM

I have experienced that too. I think my reaction is more a consequence of my somewhat unhealthy attitude towards food where I'm afraid of both over- and undereating. So I can get that depressed feeling both after having a small and a big meal. Sometimes I get chills after eating which I dont think are related to my mental state.

Have you considered if there might be an underlying mental issue? Sometimes these issues are there even though you don't really want to realise it. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying you're depressed just that I think it could be worthwhile to consider if there is some other issue than the food itself.

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on December 29, 2012
at 09:32 AM

How heavy is heavy? Eating lots of food should not make you feel depressed, unless you are really over-doing it. Is it a purely physical chain reaction, or is it also emotional/psychological? Do you have weight/body hang-ups which may be causing you to feel guilty after eating too much? Perhaps there is a complex psychological thing going on where you feel you don't deserve to be full/satiated. You mention that you also feel sleepy and relaxed - perhaps you have an endorphin imbalance from being inactive after eating. Do you exercise regularly?

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