food coma? need some help

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 13, 2012 at 9:17 PM

I've been getting pretty bad food coma for a while now, even though I've been eating good paleo foods most of the time (meat and veggies, fruits, nuts, etc). It usually happens after lunch, and I find I cannot focus on work at all for maybe an hour or so.

Any thoughts or ideas?

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on April 16, 2012
at 10:23 AM

I was having the same problem; I went heavier in fats adding more olive oil (2tbsp) and an avocado to my lunch time salads.

Then after an hour or so, have 10-20 grams of dark chocolate and some fruit.


on April 13, 2012
at 09:28 PM

Is the meal heavy in fats and carbs at lunch? If so, maybe you can rearrange the meals you eat during the day so that lunch is "lighter".

Could you provide a sample meal of what you might eat? That might help.



on December 26, 2012
at 06:27 AM

Meals high in salt tend to be soporific as well.


on December 26, 2012
at 05:54 AM

When I come home from the gym I usually have a banana with yoghurt. Within 30 minutes or so I'm in carb coma but it's only for about 10 minutes. If I don't eat carbs I don't feel the need to nap. Like the others have said above, increase the fats and decrease the carbs. Otherwise, if you are in a position to take a short nap, then go for it. I always feel much better after napping.



on December 26, 2012
at 04:09 AM

The foods you mentioned are likely high in carbs and protein but low in fats (I assume you're eating lean meats with less than 20% fat). Try raising fat intake during breakfast and lunch, and moving some of your carb intake to dinner.

Add the following: avocados, EVOO, coconut oil, fatty fishes, fish oil, bacon, etc...

Since you can't always pick an optimal meal for lunch, for those days it might be nice to have a cup of coffee or a place to take a quick power nap.

Also, consider that the levels of serotonin, a sleep inducing agent, may rise after a carbohydrate heavy meal:

http://evolutionarypsychiatry.blogspot.com/2011/09/carbs-and-serotonin-connection-after.html, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21349213 AND http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/85/2/426.full

Based on that research, you want to look into supplementing with l-tyrosine, which counteracts the effects of serotonin. Not very paleo, but it works for many.

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