You probably heard it at least once in your lifetime. The foods you eat affect your performance during the day. How much you eat may also affect your mood. However, it mostly comes down to the type of foods you consume. Different foods will either energize you or make you hit the covers. If you are having a busy day and can’t afford to take some shut-eye, here are a few types of foods you should avoid.
Pasta and Breads: We do love our Italian food, but unfortunately pasta has refined carbohydrates that will boost your blood sugar, which increases your insulin output (or dosage needs for diabetics), which may even increase your blood pressure. The blood sugar spike followed by the swing to low blood sugar after the insulin takes it out of circulation makes you feel sleepy and fatigued.
Large Meals: Especially meals high in fat content (meats, gravies, sauces) can make digesting food a little more difficult. Even though you may not be using much energy on the couch after dinner, it doesn’t mean your body isn’t doing a lot of work. Your digestive system is taking in a lot of energy, even commandeering some of your blood supply – which leaves you feeling drowsy.
Potatoes and Rice: Also full of carbohydrates, these foods cause your blood glucose levels to jump quickly, but when these glucose levels start to drop back down, you’ll likely experience an energy crash that will leave you ready for a nap. Processed carbs like potato or rice chips are especially problematic, but even the unprocessed carbs in whole foods like baked potatoes can cause sleepiness after eating.
Dark Chocolate: Even though dark chocolate has caffeine in it, it also contains serotonin, a neurotransmitter that can help you relax. Interestingly, milk chocolate doesn’t contain serotonin and can actually make you feel more awake.
Bananas: Potassium and magnesium in bananas are to blame for the sleepy feeling. They help relax your muscles and send you off to a good night sleep.
There are many foods that may lead you to drowsiness. Some are also those that may wake you up in the morning. Therefore, it is best to set up your meals accordingly so you can consume all the nutrients you need for the day in a sequence that fits your wakefulness cycles. Like we said in the beginning, portions take into effect on how your energy level is placed!
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