So often, I hear people complain to me that they feel tired after eating. However, at the same time, they try to justify it by explaining:
"I've had a long day."
"I deserve to rest."
"I'm always tired after I eat—that's just how I am."
But what's the truth?
You should never feel tired after eating.
And this happens for two simple reasons:
Either you ate too much,
Or you consumed too many carbohydrates.
So, what's the big deal anyway?
Yes, sometimes it's nice to relax, but other times it can be a significant inconvenience. What's even worse is that your body is giving you a clear indication that you have stressed out your blood sugar stabilizing mechanisms.
The real problem arises when this tiredness becomes chronic.
Here's what many people experience: You eat too much for lunch, then you feel a bit tired when you return to the office. You grab a cup of coffee to boost your energy levels. Then, you feel a bit hungry before dinner, so you end up eating too much and too quickly. Consequently, you feel tired after dinner. The constant mismanagement of blood sugar gradually increases your risk of developing diabetes and inflammation.
So, how do you know if this applies to you?
Pay close attention for the next week. How do you feel after eating?
You should feel absolutely no difference before and after a meal. (Yes, even after dinner!) Your energy level should remain the same. Neither more nor less.
Another option is to check if you have blood sugar issues. Conducting a simple at-home blood test is an excellent way to determine if this is the case for you.
Check out our previous blog post regarding the two most significant blood tests here.
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