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This is totally unscientific, but if you watch carnivores or omnivores they ALWAYS nap after a meal! I think it's natural - maybe a sign that your body is moving into/out of digestion mode whereas before it was always kind of half-in digestion mode? If at all possible, go catch 20 min. of zzzzzs. It feels awesome.
you might be on to something. i had 76 grams of protein!
Um, yeah, dude, that'll do it. Protein is energy-intensive to digest. The thermic effect of protein (number of calories required to digest as a percent of calories consumed) is 25% compared to 4-5% for carbohydrate and fat. Eating a giant wallop of protein will put me in slug mode every time too.
Today I will: Eat food, not poison. Plan for success, not settle for failure. Live my real life, not a virtual one. Move and grow, not sit and die.
I've been the same way my whole life, I crash after eating, no matter what I ate. I was an IFing child before I knew what it was. Everyone thought I was nuts, thankfully my parents let me eat what and when I want.
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I also have been getting tired lately after lunch. I usually have a protein source and some veggies. I think mine might be related to not enough hours of sleep. But I am usually high strung once I get to work and start the damn yawning after lunch. I will even out by 2 pm or there after.
All time high weight 262 lbs
Primal since Spring 2012
Start PB Weight: 240 lbs ish
Current Weight: 220lbs ish
Goal Weight:190-200 lbs
All on a 6ft. 1/2 inch frame.
I can't wait to meet my abs for the first time in my life. We gotta lot of catching up to do.
I love this way of eating and hope to be able to help others.
In many civilizations, there's a tradition of resting after eating if eating takes place during the day (siesta, etc.).
In all civilizations, people eat at night, and then go to sleep.
This post is meant to invite comments and insight; I don't have an explanation, belief, or preconceived idea as to the importance of this, or necessarily the relevance to the question asked in the opening post - but that's the train of thought that the opening post set me on.
1) Tryptophan - an amino acid in muscle meat that is known for making people sleepy since it's a precursor for Serotonin.
2) Histamine Intolerance. This is something that my husband suspects is an issue for him. One of his issues is getting really sleepy after eating certain foods (that we just realized all either contain histamine, or prompt the body to release it). If histamine is your issue, there will likely be some other symptoms, not just the tiredness. It's an easy thing to google for more info, or you can check out these links: