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    I would feel sleepy and sluggish after most carb-laden meals. I noticed that wasn't the case after going Primal. But off late, I've noticed I feel sleepy even after a fat-rich meal. I read somewhere that feeling sleepy after a meal is a sign of insulin resistance. Could that be the case?


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    maba: It might be. You should have your doctor run an insulin level test along with a lipid panel and an A1c test. I still get sleepy after certain meals, usually the ones that have more than 15 g of usable carbs in them, because I'm still insulin resistant.

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    Thanks Griff. I got my lipids done in June and all the numbers are in the desirable range. I wanted to get my blood sugar tested too but the Dr. was like, "You don't need it." Strangely, my meal today had very little carbs (eggs + scallops cooked in butter) and it still made me sleepy. I ate a romaine salad w/ strawberries and walnuts w/ CO dressing after that and I'm feeling sleepier.


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    Griff, I just calculated my macros:


    F: 66.6g - 78%

    P: 25.9g - 14%

    C: 16.9 g - 9%


    The amount of carbs is way less than what I normally eat. I've had higher amount of carbs in he past and not felt sleepy. Could there be another reason other than IR?


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    maba: At this point I'd say go to your doctor and report the sleepiness after meals. Don't mention the content of the meals, though. Sleepiness after meals is an indicator of IR and he should immediately jump to do an A1c and free insulin on you.

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    maba, I experience the same efffect every now and then. Surprisingly, I get that after eating a big steak with nothing else. I'm not sure, but maybe our bodies consider it quite a work to digest such a nutrient-rich meal. I might be way off on this one though

    I also get strange sensations in my heart when I eat a very fatty meal. I can feel a pinch around my heart area and I don't know why this is happening. I don't think I ever got those when I was eating conventionally.


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    When you have a filling meal of protein you body will shunt blood from "non essential" functions to your digestive ones. My understanding is that this is more than insulin response, it is blood being taken from point A to point B.


    This happens to me from time to time, I wouldn't worry about it and I certainly don't think it is insulin related.


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