Friday, February 22, 2008

Why am I so Tired?

Yesterday was a daddy / daughter day.

I took Brier to a breakfast place we have around southern Ontario called Cora's (

After eating a rather massive breakfast for lunch consisting of french toast, crepes and fresh fruit, I headed back to the office, and battled to stay awake for the rest of the day.

I know I may come across as a "pro-carbs" kinda guy, but in reality, I mean it when I say "we could all benefit from eating a little less carbs." The difference is, I don't think you need to cut carbs for weight loss, but I do think their are health benefits to eating less carbohydrates and especially sugar.

And, their may be productivity benefits too. I can't recall the last time bacon and eggs made me sleepy. But I know that anytime I have a big "sugar bomb" type of meal, I'm out like a light about 30 minutes after I'm done eating.

At thanksgiving, its not the turkey that gets me, its the stuffing.

Now that I think about it, I'm rarely "nappy" during my fasting days (and I love my naps).

Makes you wonder about the miracle meal that breakfast is made out to be. There seems to be some missing logic here.

Wake up, then try your best to put yourself right back into a deep sleep by eating pancakes, oatmeal, toast and maybe some OJ.

Bottom line - If you are constantly asking yourself "Why am I so tired all the time?", maybe it's what you are eating (as opposed to the far too common answer of "you must be hungry, eat something").


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Anonymous said...

My experience:

The standard recommendation of oatmeal and banana leaves me drowsy.

Peanut butter and wheat crackers and I'm go till lunch.

The best non-caffeine perk up for me is Milo (a chocolate nutritional drink). It's got quite a bit of sugar so I make it diluted and add low-fat milk

John said...

Couldn't agree with you more...the after lunch sleepiness is caused by lunch. If you simply avoided eating a large lunch and kept it very small, perhaps jus a bit of protein I think everyone would be alot more productive.

I find that I am wide awake and very productive on my fasting days.

I don't think every day needs to be a fasting day, but if you need to be productive and awake during the day I would suggest keeping the meals very small and the sugar content very low throughout the day.

Then in evening you can have a larger more satisfying meal.

This is also a good way to keep your total calorie consumption low and lose weight, the best of both worlds!