When the clock strikes 2:00 in the afternoon, does fatigue drop on you like a heavy load? The time frame over the couple hours after lunch can send the best of us down for the count. If you notice that you are so exhausted you want to curl up and take nap after your midday meal, you may be experiencing your blood sugar levels shifting.
For many people, eating a higher carbohydrate meal, like a sub sandwich or a pasta dish, or even sushi can really knock the wind out of their sails, because their blood sugar will spike and then drop after the body releases insulin.
If you find that you are tired almost every day around the same time after lunch, then you may be experiencing a symptom of insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is a condition where your body doesn’t process carbohydrates and sugars like it is supposed to.
Insulin is a fat-storing hormone, and insulin resistance simply means your cells don’t respond like they should to this hormone. Insulin is the key that unlocks the cell door to let glucose inside. With insulin resistance, the insulin key isn’t fitting properly and so your body will store the glucose that cannot get inside cells as fat.
This condition of insulin resistance can make it extremely difficult to lose weight, and insulin causes your body to become very eager to store fat. People can have varying degrees of insulin resistance, some more severe than others. When you have insulin resistance for a long time, it almost always leads to type 2 diabetes. The good news is, insulin resistance is easily reversible with the right type of meal plan and nutrition. At Cederquist Medical Wellness Center, we can determine the level of your insulin resistance, and formulate a customized program to first help reverse your insulin resistance, and second, to help you stay alert and awake after lunch.
The best way to beat fatigue after lunch is to eat a meal that is low in carbohydrates, like a salad with chicken or tuna with whole grain crackers. This can help stabilize your blood sugars after lunch so that you can have sustained energy throughout the rest of the afternoon. It’s also important to eat a small, protein-filled afternoon snack like low-fat cheese or a few almonds.
To learn more about how to beat fatigue and keep your energy level up after lunch with the right foods and by reversing any insulin resistance, call our office at 239-494-6159.