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What Is A Food Coma?

We’ve all felt the aftermath of Thanksgiving dinner, Sunday brunch, or even just a heavy meal. Technically called the postprandial somnolence, the food coma, as it is more commonly known as, is that lethargic, sleepy feeling that overcomes you after eating a large meal. Because it is so common, the term “food coma” was added to the Oxford dictionary in 2014.

While most of us associate food comas with eating copious amounts of food, what we eat is likely just as important.

For example, our bodies are good at breaking down simple carbohydrates into sugars that our cells use for energy. These foods include white bread, bagels, and pasta, and have a high glycemic index, which means they quickly increase the amount of sugars in our blood. When we eat a lot of these foods, we do get a boost of energy, but our pancreas takes more time to produce insulin. Insulin helps to carry the sugars out of our blood and into our cells. It also allows a chemical called tryptophan to reach our brains, which causes us to produce another chemical called serotonin, both of which make us sleepy.

Although a big meal may weigh us down, the food coma is most likely attributed to the spike in blood sugar and insulin rush.

So how can we avoid food comas? Start by eating more modest portions or choose foods with a lower glycemic index. Opt for more complex carbohydrates with fiber (whole wheat, fruits, vegetables) and protein rich foods to help stabilize blood sugar levels. Exercise is also a great way to transport excess blood sugar to our muscles.

How do you stave off food comas? Share your tips and tricks with us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and LinkedIn. You can also connect with us on Instagram, Vine, and Pinterest.

Avoid a food coma and choose a light and healthy meal from the Brick Market & Deli – Your Neighborhood Deli today! We are located at 105 E. Arrow Hwy (on the northeast corner of Arrow Hwy and Garey Ave) in Pomona. Visit us weekdays from 10:30am-7:30pm and Saturdays 10:30am-4:30pm.

Recover From Holiday Food Hangovers

We hope you had a wonderful holiday filled with good cheer, good company, and good food. And we hope you didn’t overindulge to the point of a food coma, which may have resulted in a food hangover.

A food hangover is caused when you overeat fatty, fried, spicy, sugary, starchy, or any food, really. The next day you may feel bloated, sluggish, and suffer from digestive distress, including gas, stomach pain, or mild nausea.

These food hangovers are common during the holiday season because we often celebrate with opulent feasts, giving us the opportunity to treat ourselves more so than we would any other time of year. Sometimes we stuff ourselves so much so that our stomachs become distended. When we do this, we make ourselves much more susceptible to these distressing symptoms.

As unpleasant as they are, they do happen. If you find yourself suffering from a food hangover, there are ways to speed up the recovery process.

Stay hydrated with non-caffeinated liquids (caffeine has mild diuretic effect). Not only will this aid in speeding up your GI tract, but it may help to decrease the stomach acid and sodium levels in your body. If you’re feeling bloated, peppermint or chamomile tea can help, while ginger tea can subdue nausea.

Eating may not be the first thing on your mind, but starting your day with a healthy breakfast can help you start fresh. You may want to try oatmeal or a high fiber cereal with fruit.

As the day progresses, maintain your fluid intake while avoiding starchy carbohydrates and sugars. Low-fat and low-salt foods are better choices. Things that can cover both nutrient and fluid intake are fruit smoothies or vegetable soups. The fiber content of these foods aids in GI tract movement.

Probiotics may not be a quick fix, but they can make you feel better in the long run. And if you’re suffering from heartburn, an aluminum-based antacid should work to neutralize your stomach acid.

Get moving! Well, it’s likely that you won’t feel like moving much, but even a short yet brisk walk will work. Get your heart rate going by choosing an activity that you enjoy and you can boost your metabolism, get your GI tract moving, and your body will release endorphins. Ultimately, you will feel better.

The key to preventing these food hangovers is moderation and balance. Munching on healthy snacks before the big meal can help you feel full so that you don’t overdo it. How do you prevent overindulging during the holidays? Share your tips or remedies with us and your peers on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, or LinkedIn. You can also find us on Instagram, Vine, and Pinterest.

Join us for a healthy lunch this week! We have modified store hours for New Year’s Eve (10:30am-4:30pm) & New Year’s Day (Closed), but we would love to see you before the year’s end. If we don’t, Happy New Year & we’ll see you in 2016!