Question for Betty.

Why am I always so tired after I eat?

Betty's Answer.

What a great observation on your part.  Feeling tired after eating could be caused by many factors.  I have many questions to ask you.  Are you eating regularly, at least 3 times a day?  How much are you eating (are you gorging at meals)?  What are you eating (a meal full of fat or with lots of calories will make you more tired)?  What is the quality of your food consumption (are you eating five fruits and vegetables a day)?  What is your activity level involve (are you very physically active or sedentary)?

Vegetables and fruits contain vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals that help the body fight cancer, strengthen the body's immune system, and help to eliminate free radicals that damage DNA. It is important to eat a wide variety of plant foods in order to get as many different kinds of phytochemicals as possible.  The recommendation is for 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily. The American Institute for Cancer Research encourages filling your plate with 2/3 or more of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans, and 1/3 or less of red meat, poultry or fish.

If you are following the guidelines of dividing your daily food consumption among at least 3 meals; including five fruits and vegetables, and eating around 2,000 calories per day, you may want to make an appointment with your health care provider for evaluation of your post eating fatigue.