A recent study has shown how “sugar coma” exists and how it can negatively affect our cognitive function. This “coma” is actually what many of us experience as “low energy” but which we rarely associate with the food we eat. However, before you decide to eliminate all the sugar from your diet, please note that this phenomenon is induced by what we call “simple sugars” which are contained in foods such as chocolate, biscuits, cookies, cake, fizzy drinks, and so on.
On the other side, there is also what we call “complex sugars” (or carbs), which are present in foods such as bread, rice, and pasta. But even these more complex carbs may induce you into a food coma, because the more available, cheaper and easier ones to find in the supermarket contain refined ingredients. So how do you prevent yourself from “food coma”? Choose foods from the following list which have a low glycemic index:
- whole grains (e.g. brown rice, rye bread)
- root tubers (e.g. sweet potato)
- legumes (e.g. chickpeas, red beans), and
Fruits are very rich in a simple sugar called “fructose”, so I don’t recommend eating a lot of fruit if you’re very sensitive and you often feel low. I do recommend though the consumption of high-quality protein once in a while (e.g. twice a week). I personally choose from the following options:
- smoked salmon
Needless to say that if you often feel low, you also need to supervise the amount of fat you’re consuming. Avoid fried and over-processed food – they have zero nutritional value and are not effectively used by your organism.
Here are some ideas & suggestions for meals:
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