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Get really sleepy after eating protein. Why?

Commented on December 10, 2016
Created July 01, 2012 at 6:15 PM

I am doing well in my recovery but one thing really bothers me. Every time I eat protein, I get really sleepy. I did not have it before. I just developed it about one month ago.

I mean really sleepy - I have to sleep for one to three hours after each meal with protein. I don't think it is normal. What should I do? Should I limit the amount of protein I consume?

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on December 10, 2016
at 09:19 PM

Meat vibrates at a very low frequency my friend. The same thing happens to me if I eat any type of meat and I will end up sleeping the entire next day unable to get out of bed!

your Higher Self is trying to relay to you to stop eating meat and only eat foods that have a high frequency. 

Organic foods and plant based food are great but you are very sensitive to low frequency foods and on the top of the list is meat.

this is a spiritual wake up call my friend. :)

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on February 21, 2013
at 07:47 PM

Usually you start with a small amount of the food in question and work your way up. Omega-3 oils used to give me a headache but I tried this and the enzymes eventually ramped up.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on February 21, 2013
at 02:53 PM

Thanks! I will! Anyway I can fix my liver?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on February 21, 2013
at 02:53 PM

I have changed my diet now. I don't eat fish anymore.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on February 16, 2013
at 05:02 PM

Try raw yolks. Really energizing!

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on February 16, 2013
at 05:01 PM

Thanks. So what does NOT get turned into glucose? Fat?

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

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on July 02, 2012
at 03:03 AM

its not just turkey thought that has tryptophan,. Refer to this http://nutritiondata.self.com/foods-000079000000000000000.html

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

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on July 02, 2012
at 02:57 AM

its not just in turkey... refer to this http://wholefoodcatalog.info/nutrient/tryptophan/meats/low/1/

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

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on July 02, 2012
at 02:55 AM

Geez VB.... good question. I know age alone can decrease stomach acid. And stress too. I don't need digestive enzymes anymore but I still need HCL. For me that has been evidenced by my blood work and when I don't take extra HCL, my blood protein is low despite my high protein diet. I do know that bitters can help increase digestive enzymes. Also isn't this why some folks eat greens at the end of a meal - to aid digestion? this would be a great Q to pose separately. I bet a lot of folks would have suggestions.

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on July 02, 2012
at 02:17 AM

I think you might be right about the enzymes - I am probably lacking them. Do you know how I can train my body to make more?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on July 02, 2012
at 02:11 AM

I will try digestive enzymes. The ones I tried did not really help. I will try again.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on July 02, 2012
at 02:11 AM

I haven't had turkey in six months, only fish or grass-fed lamb. But thanks for your guess.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on July 02, 2012
at 02:10 AM

My SAD is fruit. I have started to eating more fruit again.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on July 02, 2012
at 02:09 AM

It happens after I eat pure protein as well. I have started to eat carbs and protein separately to see if it was the reason.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on July 02, 2012
at 02:08 AM

Lamb and fish (salmon in particular).

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on July 02, 2012
at 02:07 AM

Only meat or fish. I don't eat dairy, but a couple of times I have tried yogurt - I was fine.

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on July 02, 2012
at 12:07 AM

Yeah, I think ur body is filled up enough with protein, it probably has too much, life is a never ending balance of everything, it sucks

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on July 01, 2012
at 07:34 PM

Alright, I'm at a loss then. I mean, some people may claim tryptophan, but I don't think you could eat enough meat to get enough of that particular amino acid to actually make you drowsy.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on July 01, 2012
at 07:25 PM

I did just last week - my blood came back totally normal. All my tests came back normal.

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on July 01, 2012
at 07:10 PM

It might worth measuring your blood glucose level just to know if it's a blood sugar reaction or not.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on July 01, 2012
at 06:54 PM

No, only after eating protein or fat. After carbs I am fine. I even tested it out - I ate like 8 bananas and I was fine.

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on July 01, 2012
at 06:22 PM

what kind of protein are you eating? That is interesting because I thought most proteins have tyrosine in excess of tryptophophan, which compete to cross the blood-brain barrier. Tyrosine is the precursor to L-Dopa (and I think also thyroid hormone), which should make you more alert and energetic. I'm stumped. What else do your protein meals consist of? It's not just a plain chicken breast is it?

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79145e3ea5d5a63f3713cd7ca2d94468

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on July 09, 2013
at 12:28 AM

Could be because of low stomach acid. I'm having the same symptom, and it seems to be associated with my low stomach acid.

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7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

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on February 21, 2013
at 07:54 PM

You mention recovery. Protein requires a good bit of energy to process, so I suspect when you eat it the body is already interested in shunting available resources to your recovery, then it has to process the protein. Consciousness also takes energy.
I think this is why a lot of people lose their appetite and sleep a lot when they are sick. Go with it. If you are not hungry, don't eat. If you are hungry, well I'd wait until before bed to eat protein. It will probably go away as you get better.

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on February 21, 2013
at 02:29 PM

You have said you are only eating lamb and fish...does this also happen when you eat beef/chicken/pork etc...? Also, you mentioned you are eating grass fed lamb, but maybe you should try lamb from another source, and also check the source of your salmon/fatty fish. Would you consider yourself fat adapted?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on February 21, 2013
at 02:53 PM

I have changed my diet now. I don't eat fish anymore.

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D3b5dac6868d07b3cd76c5e8f4b9d7ff

on February 21, 2013
at 02:11 PM

Get your liver function checked. If you have a sluggish or fatty liver then it cannot process protein and releases ammonia into the blood. This triggers the brain to cause a feeling of fatigue or drowsiness. It's a symptom common for liver diseases.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on February 21, 2013
at 02:53 PM

Thanks! I will! Anyway I can fix my liver?

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on February 16, 2013
at 03:48 PM

The liver turns excess protein into glucose, which could trigger an insulin spike. Most only actually need about 6-7oz of protein a day- no more than 2-3oz at each meal. Anymore than that and you risk spiking glucose levels and consequently, insulin levels, which could result in the sleepiness you described.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on February 16, 2013
at 05:01 PM

Thanks. So what does NOT get turned into glucose? Fat?

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839b89594255bed40bfcc69ef4b696f9

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on January 04, 2013
at 08:01 PM

This happens to me after I eat eggs. I just did about 30 min ago and I'm ready for an hr nap! If I want to avoid being tired I just eat a veggie with a different protein. Like adams all natural peanut butter.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on February 16, 2013
at 05:02 PM

Try raw yolks. Really energizing!

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on July 02, 2012
at 12:11 AM

Some protein like turkey raises levels of serotonin (I think it's the L-tryptophan in the turkey). Could something like this be happening?

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

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on July 02, 2012
at 03:03 AM

its not just turkey thought that has tryptophan,. Refer to this http://nutritiondata.self.com/foods-000079000000000000000.html

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 02, 2012
at 02:11 AM

I haven't had turkey in six months, only fish or grass-fed lamb. But thanks for your guess.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on July 02, 2012
at 02:57 AM

its not just in turkey... refer to this http://wholefoodcatalog.info/nutrient/tryptophan/meats/low/1/

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D45e43b08cd99a04f5d4294a871e1078

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on July 02, 2012
at 12:05 AM

Great question, way to trust yourself and not listen to common information!

Anyway, I'm realizing this is why I'm failing on paleo is because it really limits you to eating way too much protein, and after a year, I realized my sleepiness is probably because I eat so much freakin meat.

I'm noticing improvements decreasing the protein, and eating some SAD foods, which cause some pimples, sinuses problems, but it's a tradeoff as it does give more heaviness to my body (a good thing for me) and makes me feel more connected to the rest of the world, as everyone else eats SAD foods, it biologically assimilates you.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on July 02, 2012
at 02:10 AM

My SAD is fruit. I have started to eating more fruit again.

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on July 01, 2012
at 11:48 PM

I would get very sleepy after a high protein meal too. I didn't get my energy back until I reduced protein and increased carbohydrate. It's funny that protein messes with me like that but carbohydrate doesn't.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 02, 2012
at 02:09 AM

It happens after I eat pure protein as well. I have started to eat carbs and protein separately to see if it was the reason.

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4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

on July 01, 2012
at 10:01 PM

What type of protein specifically? Any type?

You may be sensitive to meat with high levels of tryptophan. Tryptophan is an amino acid. Protein is a combination of different amino acids. Tryptophan is a precursor to the neurotransmitter Serotonin and increased levels of serotonin can make people tired.
Some meats and foods have much higher levels than others.

This list may help. http://wholefoodcatalog.info/nutrient/tryptophan/meats/low/1/

Also, it may be a digestion issue and you may need more stomach acid to digest the protein. Many people don't have adequate levels of stomach acid and various digestive enzymes.
HCL/betaine taken with protein meals can be very helpful.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 02, 2012
at 02:11 AM

I will try digestive enzymes. The ones I tried did not really help. I will try again.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 02, 2012
at 02:17 AM

I think you might be right about the enzymes - I am probably lacking them. Do you know how I can train my body to make more?

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on July 02, 2012
at 02:55 AM

Geez VB.... good question. I know age alone can decrease stomach acid. And stress too. I don't need digestive enzymes anymore but I still need HCL. For me that has been evidenced by my blood work and when I don't take extra HCL, my blood protein is low despite my high protein diet. I do know that bitters can help increase digestive enzymes. Also isn't this why some folks eat greens at the end of a meal - to aid digestion? this would be a great Q to pose separately. I bet a lot of folks would have suggestions.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 02, 2012
at 02:08 AM

Lamb and fish (salmon in particular).

7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

(11214)

on February 21, 2013
at 07:47 PM

Usually you start with a small amount of the food in question and work your way up. Omega-3 oils used to give me a headache but I tried this and the enzymes eventually ramped up.

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3327924660b1e2f8f8fc4ca27fedf2b2

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on July 01, 2012
at 09:35 PM

Does this apply to all proteins or just protein from dairy? Either way, you should take steps to increase your stomach acid production.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 02, 2012
at 02:07 AM

Only meat or fish. I don't eat dairy, but a couple of times I have tried yogurt - I was fine.

1
A338e391c72a5dfb7367563cfc62fdfb

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on July 01, 2012
at 09:15 PM

Too many calories at once? Food drunk.

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1407bd6152d9fdbc239250385159fea1

on July 01, 2012
at 06:24 PM

Quick question first: Does this also happen with carbohydrate? People with poor insulin sensitivity are often made lethargic and sleepy (as opposed to energetic, warm, and happy) after a meal containing carbohydrate.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 01, 2012
at 06:54 PM

No, only after eating protein or fat. After carbs I am fine. I even tested it out - I ate like 8 bananas and I was fine.

1407bd6152d9fdbc239250385159fea1

on July 01, 2012
at 07:34 PM

Alright, I'm at a loss then. I mean, some people may claim tryptophan, but I don't think you could eat enough meat to get enough of that particular amino acid to actually make you drowsy.

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