Food coma is a term and situation that everyone is familiar with and everyone has been through this. However, if it happens very often after every meal at home, in a restaurant or after every weekend, then that is the clear sign for you that something is not good and it has to change. It is strange for a person to feel lazy, sleepy or bloated after eating every meal.
But, here is a question: What if a person eats healthy, is not excessive while eating and somehow it is still bloated, sleepy and sluggish? That is something that has to do with the digestive system. Still, we the people are not even conscious of the fact that we as a society have made such awful habits of eating that actually made us like this.
The following are the 3 ugly habits that we should eliminate from our behavior when we are eating, an advice given by some experts:
1. Consuming a lot of starch and protein altogether
The marvelous mixtures of steak and mashed potatoes, eggs Benedict, burgers and French fries are the types of food that we should forget about once and for all because they make us feel lazy after eating them and we just want to lay down on the couch doing nothing. These types of food full with starch (like rice, bread, pasta, potatoes) and protein (like beef, chicken, egg, fish), if we consume them together they can cause acid reflux and indigestion.
The reason for that is very simple, starch digests food faster especially the smaller sugars opposed to the protein that actually digests slower. In other word, the starches should be able to say goodbye to the stomach very fast and continue on to the next level of digestion, however because they are mixed with the protein they have to remain in the stomach for a longer period of time waiting for the proteins to do their part of the job as well. So, because starches remain in the stomach for a longer period of time they ferment, which means that they release a gas that makes us burp in a very powerful way.
First you will consume the starches, then the protein. However, you shouldn’t worry if you have a smaller portion of starch than you have of protein, the main goal is not to be excessive with the rice and potatoes. Plus, you can consume your vegetables in a combination with both the starches and proteins, either way is good.
2. Drinking ice cold water while eating
Do not drink too cold water while you eat, instead drink water adjusted to the room temperature. The cold water tightens the blood vessels, which actually makes to body unable to digest the food and absorb the nutrients.
If you drink ice cold water, the fats that are being consumed will be difficult to digest, because the ice cold water freezes the fats. Also, you will make your body exhausted, because the body will have to struggle between performing the process of digestion and trying to keep in control the temperature of the body.
You will use the Japanese method. When you ask for water always ask for a hot water with lemon if you want of course or ask for a green tea and drink sip by sip before your meals arrives in that case you can prepare your body for optimal digestion. Remember, when in a restaurant always tell the waiter that you want water without ice and on room temperature.
However, be aware that these rules are just for those people with optimal digestion, people who usually don’t have problems feeling bloated and lazy after eating. On the other hand, if you suffer from a bad digestion than these advices are not for you. Also, these advices are necessary to know if you have an upcoming a celebration, so you know that you will suffer from food coma in a couple of days.
3. Drinking lots of water while eating
How do you feel now, confused maybe? Water is a marvelous drink. So, we agreed that water should be consumed during the meals in small sips, just to help the body with the digestion and to move the food easily in the digestive tract. However, drinking excessive amount of water while you eat your food is absolutely a big mistake, because it will cause indigestion and you will feel bloated later.
So, when you eat and food starts to enter in your body a hydrochloric acid (HCL) is being released from the stomach lining to help with the start of digestion. HCL is necessary because it is very acidic and it has to be like this in order to separate enormous pieces of food into tiny, small, absorbable nutrients. All in all, if you drink too much water while you eat you will dilute the hydrochloric acid and by doing that you will diminish its efforts.
If you need help to understand this process, just think of this image. Your stomach is an endless pool of water and in it you will find big pieces of food floating from one place to the other and the acid it there just wandering around so it can perform its duty. It sound awful right, you started feeling bloated now, right? Well, that’s great, because you won’t do this to yourself.
An hour before you decide to eat or an hour after you are finished eating you can drink a lot of water, but during you meals you should drink just small sips of water.