Is your lunch making you sleepy at work? Eat these grain-free lunches for peak performance
Don’t you just hate it when you have to visit a bank after lunch hours? Because most of the employees are tired and they work like sloths (No offense to sloths!). But, if you don’t follow the right diet this can happen to you very often. You might feel sleepy because of the food that you eat for lunch, and yawning at a workplace is even a big red flag. To curb this problem, you need to understand a little ‘body’ science and also take into account what food is right for you and what is not!
Sleepiness after eating is a response of the body to chemical changes during the digestion process. This is a very normal response. Whereas, insulin in our body produces sleep hormone that gets converted into serotonin and melatonin in our brain, further inducing sleepiness. So the heavier the meal, higher will be the production of insulin, which ends up spiking your blood sugar levels
Pack Your Lunch
However, if sleepiness occurs every time after eating your lunch it is bound to obstruct your ability to function, this may be a dire concern. Sleepiness after lunch can also hinder you from doing your work effectively and may affect your professionalism. This can be directly linked to the foods that you consume. Here are some of the recommended foods for you:
- Hummus: Hummus contains chickpeas, olive oil, and sesame seeds, which are proven to have anti-inflammatory properties, not making you feel lethargic. Hummus is known to have a low glycemic index, which means it slowly releases sugar into the bloodstream. This is also aided by the resistant starch, fat, and protein it contains.
- Salad: No matter what people tell you, salads are cool. Most of the people who criticize salads are usually the ones who haven’t had it at all. It is a super convenient way to work in a couple of servings of vegetables and/or fruit. It is full of antioxidants, which are substances that help protect the body from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals, keeping you fresh at all times.
- Fresh Press Juice: They are cold-pressed juices and are usually served fresh. They are more likely to retain the vitamins and minerals of the fruits or vegetables. The biggest upside to it is that they don’t have the added sugars or artificial sweeteners that most bottled juices contain. If you think about it, when a glass of juice is squeezed from several fruits or vegetables, it is likely to contain a wider array of nutrients per sip than a single piece of fruit. It makes your tummy full and gives you all the energy you need to win the day.
- Soups: Usually considered as a starter in most places, you wouldn’t have realized the importance of this in your meal. They lie on a very thin line between increasing your productivity or they can make you fall asleep. Soups which are low on fat are the way to go. You can look up for interesting soup recipes on the internet, and the one that I would highly recommend is the spinach soup, which can you make in less than 15 minutes. Invest 15 minutes in preparing a bowl of soup for yourself and you would be surprised that your productivity level would’ve doubled.
- Granola Bar: If your days are long and you don’t have time to have a proper lunch, you should not resort to skipping them; instead try breaking the meals into shorter meals. One of the most popular solutions for that is the nutrient-rich, granola bar. Granola is composed of rolled oats and several other grains that have been pressed flat and lightly steamed, usually flavored with honey, nuts, and puffed rice. The entire mixture is then baked until crispy. They are a trending solution for a convenient and energy-boosting snack.
Successful people are productive and disciplined in many aspects of their lives and it is mostly because of the way they eat. They are very selective about the type of food they choose to let in their systems. Staying fit, strong and sharp is their main goal and hence, they feed less of refined sugar and mainly focus on whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and food rich in protein and less in fat. If you choose to follow our guided path, even you can achieve wonders!
Omkar Kulkarni is a self-proclaimed art appreciator, a certified film reviewer and someone’s favorite human being.