Do you sometimes feel sleepy, drowsy, or tired after eating fruit, especially at breakfast, and you don’t know why?
Fruit provides easy to digest simple sugars (glucose and fructose) that create a moderate rise in blood sugar, which is typically considered uplifting, so thinking about it – eating fruit shouldn’t send you to sleep, so why does this happen?
I experienced this sleepy feeling after eating fruit for months on end when I first started my raw diet and I could never fully explain the reason why.
I would eat fruit for breakfast, and then I would feel so sleepy and tired afterwards, that I literally would want go back to sleep.
Luckily, I own a few Orthopathy books that have been incredibly helpful in explaining this pathology, and after learning this important lesson, I managed to control these symptoms.
Typically, the reason why you feel tired or sleepy after eating fruit is because of the excessive quantities of fat flowing through your system.
Most of the time, it isn’t the fruit itself that makes you feel sleepy, but the dinner you ate the night before, which has been digesting in your stomach all night long.
As you consume fruit the next day, it ferments quickly.
The body then responds to the rise of blood sugar levels that accompanies the consumption of fruit by producing insulin from the pancreas.
The excess fat in the bloodstream, however, makes it more difficult, impeding the function of insulin upon sugar in the bloodstream, and as a result, the body tends to overproduce insulin.
Eventually this excess of insulin does finds its way to the sugar in the bloodstream and the blood sugar levels drop as a consequence, to even lower levels than what is consider normal and healthy.
It is at this point that you feel tired.
In most situations, you solve this problem by reducing the overall fat you consume in your diet, especially at dinnertime.
In my case, the excess fat was coming from the olive oil I used to add to my dinner salads; and I wasn’t using much olive oil either.
A mere 1 Tbsp. of olive oil drizzled over my salad the night before was enough to make me feel drowsy the next day after eating fruit.
Remember that olive oil, just like the rest of the cooking oils, is a refined product and one of the most concentrated sources of calories available anywhere. One tablespoon of oil contains 120 calories of pure fat, with almost no other nutrients.
After I quit using oil in my salads, the sleepy effect after eating fruit went away completely. A similar effect was also felt by many of my coaching clients.
But don’t take my word for it, try it out yourself. If you feel drowsy any time after eating fruit at breakfast, avoid consuming fat the night before and see how you feel after eating fruit the next day.
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