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Drowsy after eating...

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Created August 02, 2012 at 7:58 PM

I always get drowsy after eating, especially lunch. This happens even if lunch is 100% paleo (maybe even more than if it's SAD). Usually I eat a big whack of meat, and maybe a sweet potato or piece of fruit.

Is drowsiness a sign that I am eating something I shouldn't, or perhaps eating too much? I usually only eat 2x a day, sometimes 3x, so maybe I'l just eating too much at one sitting? Or perhaps too much protein (I think my carbs are pretty low at lunch, like 30 grams or so)?

Or, maybe it is natural and healthy to get drowsy after you eat? That certainly seems to be true in the evening. Perhaps I shouldn't worry about it, and just plan on taking a short nap post-lunch?

What do you think?

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on August 03, 2012
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It's usually a pretty big whack of protein, 50 - 100 grams, and pretty lean meat as well, so it's probably well over 50% protein. Maybe I'll try to save most of the protein until the evening and focus on somewhat fattier meats during the day, to see if that helps.

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on August 03, 2012
at 02:58 AM

interesting! did not know that...

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on August 02, 2012
at 08:55 PM

I am in agreement with karmapolicia above but just wanted to add: How much protein are you eating? Protein will also cause an insulin response. Not nearly as strong as carbs but if you are eating 50% or more of calories from protein and you are very insulin sensitive it could be an issue. If this is the case I would back off the protein and up the fat which will barely move the insulin meter.

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on August 03, 2012
at 02:58 AM

interesting! did not know that...

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on August 03, 2012
at 03:41 PM

It's usually a pretty big whack of protein, 50 - 100 grams, and pretty lean meat as well, so it's probably well over 50% protein. Maybe I'll try to save most of the protein until the evening and focus on somewhat fattier meats during the day, to see if that helps.

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on August 02, 2012
at 09:06 PM

Not sure you mentioned this, but are you getting enough sleep at night?

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on August 02, 2012
at 08:04 PM

I'd be inclined to think it would be too much sugar/carbs that would be causing an insulin spike resulting in sleepiness but it doesn't sound from your description above that you are overdoing it. Perhaps after a long fasting period, 30g is too much for you even though it isn't all that high overall?

Many people do find that big meals make them sleepy, regardless of the content. I'd try breaking up lunch into two smaller meals to see what happens.

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on August 03, 2012
at 04:12 PM

Maybe try not doing sweet potato or fruit, replace it with green veggies. See if there is a difference.

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on August 02, 2012
at 08:10 PM

FWIW I don't get drowsy after meals (or mid-afternoon) since I switched to high fat, moderate protein, low carb.

I'd be inclined to think that it's your body trying to tell you something, and see if it can be improved, before assuming it's natural to need a nap after eating.

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on August 02, 2012
at 08:10 PM

I have the same issue, so I only eat one meal a day with protein and carbs in the evening a few hours before bed.

Only thing I have for breakfast is coffee with ghee and MCT oil.

Doing this I can basically run all with with constant energy level and no drowsiness.

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