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It happens to the best of us: You’re sitting at your desk, plodding away at work, when about an hour or an hour and a half after the meal, you suddenly feel you cleaned. Welcome to your food coma. If you’re not careful, this can be an almost daily productivity wrecker so consult Jaclyn London, MS, RD, clinical dietitian senior at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, to find out what is behind this annoying phenomenon and what to do when you are in their death throes.
What Causes Food Comas
You may have heard that the results of overeating in that misty feeling, but that’s a very simplified explanation. Really, too many simple carbohydrates completely razed leave at 3 pm See generally consumed when you eat a meal, two types of amino acids-tryptophan (TRP) and large neutral amino acids (LNAA) -are taken both in the brain . But the secreted insulin when a meal rich in carbohydrates consumed stimulates LNAA uptake in skeletal muscles instead. So from tryptophan no longer has any competition for uptake into the brain, his glass is flooded with too much of the amino acid and finally converts into serotonin and melatonin, and that’s when you get the feeling of sleep coma food, says London.
Fight the Fog
London says the key is to counteract the TRP and LNAA, which you can do by choosing a snack that satisfies three requirements: Must be high in protein, low in simple carbohydrates, and contain a healthy dose of fat. Eating again may sound counterintuitive, but your body needs it for balance after loading up on simple carbohydrates. “The idea is to target a better ration of carbs to protein,” says London. “The highest level of protein will balance the carbohydrates and relieve, sleep, feeling fuzzy-eat foods. By decreasing the TRP and LNAA increased, the body will not induce the same response to insulin . “Regarding healthy fat, rapidly slows the stomach into the intestine, where the absorption of nutrients is carried out is empty. “Basically, you are choosing items that will be aimed at reducing and slowing the insulin response to what you eat, which is what leads to being sold out in the first place,” says London.
Great antidote to eat foods include vegetables with two tablespoons of hummus and a boiled egg; half cup of soybeans; one ounce of almonds with half a cup of chopped pears; a piece of string cheese and a cup of baby carrots; or three ounces of sliced turkey wrapped with lettuce, tomato, avocado eighth, and a dash of spicy mustard.