Are Food Comas a Holiday Myth?
November 2, 2016
People tend to blame the thanksgiving nap on the turkey, but studies have found that carbohydrates in all of the sweets and sides are the real knock out.
Tryptophan is found in turkey, but it’s not enough to put you back under the covers. Sweet treats like pumpkin pie and candied yams are the secret killer. The body has to break down almost 800 grams of carbohydrates in the average thanksgiving meal.
Diabetics have to be especially careful when filling their plate. Too many sweets and a holiday nap will be the least of their problems.
“I only eat tiny portions. No pie, a scoop of mashed potatoes, anything with sugars I avoid.” said a cautious senior citizen with type 2 diabetes. “I can eat turkey just fine. If I skip the potatoes, I can stay awake long enough to clean some dishes.”
Others are not so careful. “I don’t even take insulin before I eat,” said a local youth with diabetes. “I just kind of eat anything and feel sick afterwards.”
A healthy serving size for holiday diners includes a quarter of a plate of healthy starches like sweet potatoes and a quarter plate of white turkey with the skin removed. Diabetic people should also avoid foods like casseroles and any deep fried meat during the holidays as they have lots of excess fats.
“Little changes can be made to thanksgiving foods.” said nutritionist Kaycie Graves. “Cook with healthier ingredients so that you can have a good meal but stay with spices and herbs.”
Thanksgiving does not need to be canceled. These dishes cut down the carbohydrates. Add the following holiday health foods to your feast.
Two cups jasmine rice
One cup quinoa
Four cups broth of choice
One tablespoon oregano
One tablespoon cumin
One cup chili powder
One bay leaf
One tablespoon heavy cream
Two slices of bread
Two stalks of celery
One red onion
Boil jasmine rice, quinoa, two cups of water and broth in a pot on medium high. Once the mixture boils and the rice and quinoa is soft, add oregano, cumin, chili powder and bay leaf. Add the heavy cream and cut the two slices of bread and mix together. Chop the celery stalks and the red onion finely. Finally, stir it together and back in the oven for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
Eat this as a side dish or stuff your turkey for a spicy feast.
Sweet Potato Mash:
1/3 cup almond milk
One cinnamon stalk
Two tables brown sugar
Boil yams in a pot over medium heat until tender. Drain the sweet potatoes and in a large pot, add the almond milk and the cinnamon stalk. Mash contents of the pot until it is thick and creamy. Remove the stalk of cinnamon and add the brown sugar.
Use this as a pie filling or as a gluten free dessert!