It’s two o’clock. You sit quietly at your workstation when suddenly… that’s the drama! Our eyelids are heavy. Very heavy. The desire to lie down and sleep for a few minutes is stronger than us. Why? It is the fault of fatigue after meals. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid it and reboot after lunch/dinner.
TIP 1: AVOID HEAVY MEALS
The more we eat, the longer the digestion and the more energy we burn. And it is precisely the energy we spend that exhausts us. That is why we prefer light meals that call for a shorter, easier and therefore less tiring digestion.
TIP 2: BYE BYE SUGAR
The composition of the meal is a major factor, as indicated by dietician-nutritionist Alexandra Mercier. If you eat a meal that is too rich in fast sugar, you have reaction hypoglycemia at 1h to 1h30 after the meal. When the blood sugar levels increase too fast, the pancreas tries to lower them by sending insulin. And it’s the production of insulin that causes great fatigue.” So we say goodbye to chocolate cake and pecan pie if we want to stay in shape.
TIP 3: PREFER A BALANCED MEAL
Ideal? A dish composed of a third of protein, a third of starch, and a third of cooked vegetables. Leaving aside gourmet desserts, we make up for the seasonal fruits without hesitation. “Every day, you don’t skimp on vitamins C and B to save energy,” says Mercier.“And it’s good for the line!
TIP 4: SLOWING
The slower you chew, the earlier the body starts the digestion process. Thus, the stomach will have less work to do after the meal. If you are still tired after all these tips, the nutritionist recommends that you pay more attention to your plate when the slack comes. Sometimes hide food intolerances, often gluten or lactose. To be monitored.
TIP 5: A GOOD COFFEE AND IT STARTS AGAIN
It is better to avoid consuming a tea right after the meal because it blocks the absorption of iron. If you don’t have tachycardia or high blood pressure, coffee is a great way to bounce back.
TIP 6: A QUICK NAP, YES!
The nap is more than advisable to recover after a meal. If you have the luxury of being able to make one, of course. But be careful, we bet on the mini nap (between 10 and 30 minutes max) to avoid entering a deep sleep phase. Otherwise, the awakening will be more difficult.
TIP 7: MAKING DYNAMIC YOGA
Vinyasa Yoga is a dynamic yoga that helps to awaken the body without rushing it. A sport to be consumed without moderation.
TIP 8: OUR NATURAL ALLIES
To promote digestion, the herbalist Michèle Cros relies on several natural tips: We cook with spices to facilitate transit and we cook starches with fresh savory. One can also drink an infusion of rosemary leaf to relieve the liver, or a drink with mint to fight digestive disorders. Finally, we think of chamomile and vervain teas that have soothing properties.”