By kiwi777 Latest Reply 2011-11-12 00:45:54 -0600
Started 2011-11-02 12:50:37 -0500

whenever i eat bread, mashed potatoes i go to sleep within 10 15 min…i feel real tired…what is that?

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MrsCDogg 2011-11-12 00:45:54 -0600 Report

At my house we just call it the "Carb coma" It's why a lot of folks call starchy stuff comfort food. It makes them sleepy.

jim healthy
jim healthy 2011-11-05 18:03:19 -0500 Report

Hi, kiwi777 … Here's what's happening: These foods are immediately broken down into blood sugar (glucose) which triggers your body's insulin response. Insulin clears the glucose from your bloodstream, sends it to your liver where it is converted into fat (triglycerides) and stored in your fat cells. Since there is no more glucose (fuel) in your bloodstream, your brain begins to shut down from low blood sugar. The result is brain fog, or else sleepiness. (That's why these carbs are called "comfort foods". Go figure.) Besides sleepiness, you'll also feel hungry again soon — and the foods you'll crave are those that provide the fastest hit of "energy" (sugar and refined carbs). This is a vicious cycle: eating carbs perpetuates craving carbs. Here's one other thing to remember. As long as insulin is present in the blood, it will not allow your stored fat to be broken down and released (normally, this happens between meals, during sleep, and while exercising). This fat also happens to be where your food's nutrition is bound — so your body begins to experience malnutrition, even if you are obese. You're hungry all the time — even though you're constantly eating. Here's the pattern: Eating carbs triggers insulin … which converts carbs to fat … which adds to you body fat … which can't be released and burned as long as you keep eating carbs. (That's also why insulin meds make diabetics fat.) The solution is simple: Stop eating carbs … so there will be no insulin response … then stored fat (in the form of triglycerides) can be broken down into essential fatty acids which nourishes your cells and body. The result is that your body is forced to feed on its fat stores for fuel. You lose weight AND your carb cravings. Your health and energy begin to return. Your cells become insulin-sensitive, instead of insulin-resistant. Your pancreas (the organ that produces insulin) gets to rest, repair, and heal. Add some physical activity (especially resistant-training) and a few supplements to a healthy slow-carb diet that includes plenty of veggies, beans, healthy fat, and good -quality protein — and presto! Your need for T2 meds decreases and eventually disappears. T1 also improves this way — and T2 actually begins to reverse. Sure beats a life of finger-sticks and multiple drugs! Hope this helps. Jim H

shawnamom 2011-11-11 13:11:05 -0600 Report

Thank you for this great explanation…i have been wondering why in the morning after my coffee i feel even more tired. You explanation helped me realize it wasnt my coffee but my carb breakfast and the timing of it in my system. Now that i have gotten my bs under control i have not had this problem as great.

GabbyPA 2011-11-06 08:08:13 -0600 Report

To expound on your information there are several articles here that talk about how foods (usually high carb) are addictive to us just like smoking or drugs.

jim healthy
jim healthy 2011-11-06 13:02:54 -0600 Report

Hi, Gabby … You're right as usual. Sugar and carbs are addictive because they trigger the area of the brain known as the "reward center". This is exactly the same area stimulated by drugs, alcohol, and sex. Sugar and carbs stimulate the production of serotonin, a brain chemical (neurotransmitter) that governs moods. Serotonin is one of the brain's major "feel good" chemicals. (This is why consuming sugar and fast carb foods makes us feel better and why these foods are referred to as "comfort foods".) A high-carb, low-protein diet boosts serotonin levels by secreting insulin (which, as we know, can lead to insulin-resistance and T2). When serotonin levels drop, you feel sad, anxious, depressed, and can suffer insomnia. In fact, constant carb consumption can burn out the brain's serotonin-producing mechanism, resulting in serious and chronic depression. (This is why depression and T2 are so frequently found together.) "Sugar addiction" frequently occurs because we are trying to "medicate" away the sadness and anxiety that results from these dips in serotonin. Instead of chasing the "high" that early sugar consumption (or you can substitute any substance or activity that triggers serotonin release, such as drugs, alcohol, sex, etc.), we begin to depend on these foods/substances to avoid the bad feelings that low serotonin levels elicit. That's the addiction. Of course, excessive sugar/carb consumption leads to very undesirable health outcomes too (T2, heart attack, stroke, metabolic syndrome, obesity, etc.). You can hop off this deadly roller coaster ride by swearing off sugar and refined carbs. Yes, this will intensify cravings and discomfort — but this usually lasts for about three days and then they begin to weaken. "Cheating" just puts you back to square one and you have to start all over again. Its best to "just do it" and get it over with. Complete restriction is required for a period of 21-28 days — the time it takes for the brain's biochemistry and your insulin-glucose metabolism to re-balance themselves. (This why substance abuse programs are usually 28-day.) BTW, the reward center is right next to the habituation center, so the chemical addiction is reinforced by behaviors/habits associated with carb consumption. So changing habits and associations will really help.) Sorry to say, there is no shortcut or loophole here — but there are various nutritional supplements, foods, and activities that can make the process far less painless. If society and the medical community treated insulin resistance and T2 like the addiction problem they really are, I believe we'd see more progress in both treatment and prevention. Of course, the food industry (and Big Sugar and Big Corn especially) would fight this approach tooth-and-nail — as would Big Phama. There's far more money to made by treating T2 than eradicating it. Jim H

GabbyPA 2011-11-07 09:20:59 -0600 Report

This is a great article. Though not directly connected to diabetes, would you be so kind as to post it in our article section. I found it very informative and helpful in many ways.

GabbyPA 2011-11-05 08:45:42 -0500 Report

This is often a symptom of diabetes. We feel tired. Before I was diagnosed, I used to crash around 3:00 in the afternoon. I just couldn't keep my eyes open. That is, like everyone has shared, a carb overload and our bodies just can't deal with it all. Once you start counting your carbs and spreading them out over the day, you will find you feel much more energetic.

It is amazing what our bodies tell us that we don't understand.

mnm247 2011-11-05 13:57:19 -0500 Report

Hi there I was going through the site and my kids grandmother has diebetes and thought I could give her some good information. So thank you for all you do.

2011-11-03 19:57:34 -0500 Report

Thx kiwi. You just hit the nail on the head on why I'm so tired. That is one of the reasons why I gave up carbs. It got me so sleepy that all I wanted to do is go back to bed. Now a few carbs "snuck" back into my diet and I'm extremely exhausted!! Thx kiwi, for refreshing this old brain!!

lifedriver 2011-11-03 09:57:31 -0500 Report

You are experiencing a rush of carbs in your system and if you check your BG after a meal you will probably be surprised how high your BG is. Your body can't produce the insulin to combat the large and sudden volume of carbs you have consume. Are you taking a multi-vitamin? And yes, I feel very tired after ingesting a large quantity of carbs. Start counting your carbs at each meal. This will give you an accurate record of your carb intake and allow you to adjust intake to a level your body can best handle. LIVE WELL

MEGriff1950 2011-11-02 17:35:29 -0500 Report

Kiwi, I agree with the previous posts. All breads spike my sugars even the healthy ones. Have you measured your potatoes to see what your portion size is? Are you topping the potatoes with gravy? This adds to your carbs also. I have seen suggestions that if you have eaten too many carbs and your blood sugars are rising that you should exercise and drink water. Adding a bit of protein to a carb meal helps slow down the digestion of the carbs.

Type1Lou 2011-11-02 17:08:33 -0500 Report

I bet if you took your blood sugar reading when you feel sleepy after eating those carb-rich foods, you'd find that it is way too high. It is an indication that your body cannot handle that carb-load without additional medication. So, you either eliminate those carbs or take more medicine to handle them.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-02 14:22:06 -0500 Report

Yup, Carb overload it sounds like. Have you tried doing sweet potatoes instead? Sweet potatoe fries in the oven are yummy. And if you want bread, try going with one that has whole grains and unbleached flour. The whole grains make it a complex carb so it's slower to digest in your system and does not rush right to your blood stream like simple carbs do. Carbs just turn to sugar in our systems. Good luck. hope this helps. God Bless

Heather44118 2011-11-02 13:42:56 -0500 Report

carb overload. Check your bloodsugar after you do this and I bet its really high for you. If you love mashed potatoes try this mix mashed potatoes with mashed cauliflower. It drastically cuts the carbs. Cut the cauliflower up in tiny pieces and cook it with a potaotes and use a hand mixer to get it all smooth. I do a pot for the whole family. 1 whole cauliflower to 2 med potatoes.
Bread is hard watch the number of carbs per serving. Go with the 12 grain types they digest slower and will not spike your sugars as fast. But you still have to watch how much you eat.

MEGriff1950 2011-11-02 17:30:55 -0500 Report

Wow Heather I like the sounds of couliflower in my mashed potatoes. I sometimes make Irish mashed potatoes I add about 1/4 the amount of potatoes with finely chopped cabbage, which I add to the potatoes just before they are finished cooking. When I mash them I add some onions sauteed in butter flavored cooking spray and some bacon bits.

ShellyLargent 2011-11-02 13:30:18 -0500 Report

Breads and potatoes are loaded with carbs. Probably what's happening is your blood sugars are spiking really high and it's making you tired. When I over do the carbs at a meal, I feel sluggish and tired for a little while.

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