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Are ‘Food Comas’ Real or a Figment of Your Digestion?

You know that feeling you get after eating so much that you think you’re about to burst — that overwhelming urge to lie back and snooze for a while after partaking of everything on the Thanksgiving buffet, often referred to as a “food coma?” CNN Health explains that, indeed, the food coma is a real phenomenon, and part of it has to do with blood flow shifting from our muscles and brain to our intestines.

It’s interesting that scientists not only have confirmed the food coma hypothesis, but also have learned that eating small meals doesn’t trigger it. This underscores the importance of planning your meals so you don’t force your body into that coma, or at the very least that you do it only once or twice a year. My nutrition plan, which includes a food pyramid that is nearly the inverse of the original USDA food pyramid, features healthful fats and vegetables on the bottom, followed by high-quality proteins, fruits and, lastly, grains.

One of the “master keys” to healthy eating is to EAT REAL FOOD. The closer you stay to whole, unadulterated, unprocessed foods, the likelier you are to be eating healthy fats, beneficial carbs and high-quality protein.

My pyramid is based on nutritional science, as opposed to agricultural subsidies and industry lobbying efforts that created the USDA’s pyramid. This means getting at least 50 percent of your daily calories from healthful fats. Vegetables should be the most prominent feature on your plate, followed by high quality proteins. A moderate amount of fruits is good; grains and sugars should be the smallest portion of your diet.
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