Foods That Make You Go Zzzzzzzz…

Okay, so we’ve all heard about turkey and its all-powerful ingredient, Tryptophan—powerful because of its ability to send your head straight for the pillow after, oh, say, three platefuls at Thanksgiving (though I can think of very few foods that don’t have that effect when consumed en masse).

But the truth is that not every food affects every person the same way.  In fact, there are three basic “food personalities,” and which category you fall into will determine (to some extent) how much energy you can wield throughout your day:

1) Protein types—if you are a protein type and overload on carbs, you will likely begin to crash within an hour of eating, losing concentration, motivation, and work-outization (it’s a word ‘cause I say so). 

2) Carb types—can usually go longer in between meals, but an overabundance of protein and fat will immediately send them spiraling toward the vortex of energy and focus oblivion (sorry about that, “vortex of oblivion” was a phrase I learned in a Shakespeare course in college, and it’s still lodged in my brain; Dr. Strong’s class…anyone, anyone?…okay, REfocusing…I must’ve eaten something wonky today).

3) Mixed Types—are persnickety, hard-to-please people, who might or might not be tired no matter what they eat. Oh wait. I’m a mixed type. Whoops! Actually, the truth is that mixed types are a combo of the first two (hence mixed…DUH!) and must therefore work harder to identify their energy-suckers.

So, how do you figure out which food personality camp t-shirt you should be wearing? (Seriously…who wants to go around with CARBS printed across your chest? “Mixed” ROCKS!)

AHEM…

Here’s a test: start out assuming you’re a mixed type and then adjust your choices and servings until you feel both energized and focused for up to 3-4 hours after you eat.

Speaking of food…

It’s a tradition around here for birthdays and Mother’s/Father’s Day that whoever isn’t the POH (person of honor) gets up early to make the POH (I tried to think of a way to get an extra “o” in there. I really did) an elaborate breakfast. So…just so you know how we roll on Father’s Day around here (or at least how we roll when both our little boys are on vacation with my mom, and I have a blog to take pictures for), I’ve included a little peek at the spread from yesterday morning.  Definitely a mix of protein and carbs (which kept me going from 9-1:30) but not what I would recommend for daily consumption.

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{In case you’re wondering: 1) Minced potatoes/onions browned in light butter/olive oil and sprinkled with reduced fat feta cheese, 2) Scrambled eggs made in the same pan to piggyback off of the oniony-potatoey goodness, sprinkled with 2% milk cheddar 3) “Home-made” pigs-in-a-blanket with beef Lil’ Smokies and reduced fat refrigerated croissants, 4) Chocolate Dipped Puffs from the frozen section at Walmart = surprisingly delish, 5) Fruit salad medley, sweetened only with juice from a can of mandarin oranges and garnished with a dollop of whipped cream—okay, a MOUNTAIN of whipped creamI kept adding more to try to get the perfect swirly tip for the picture, and yes, I ate.every.bite.}

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Happy Monday! Here’s to moving it enough to work off all that Father’s Day yumminess we were forced to make and eat!

Oh, and I’ve got a fun one (think hair…in a good way) for you for Try-it Tuesday! Come check it out!

{bonus points if you can spot one of my Anthropologie purchases I mentioned here}

OH, and don’t forget that today is the first day of our 30 Day Husband Encouragement Challenge! (Click to get the deets!) I can’t wait to see how we do!

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4 thoughts on “Foods That Make You Go Zzzzzzzz…

  1. Ding, ding, ding! We have a winner! : ) Yeah, I bought 3 from Anthro about 6 weeks ago, and one of them broke before I even got it to the car (funny how $5 sounded reasonable, but $7.50 sounded outrageous!), but then I replaced it when we went on our anniversary trip to Dallas. So now I’m back to two blue and one white. I love them. They’re the perfect cereal size! Hope you’re feeling great!

  2. Is your Anthropologie purchase the sweet little blue ceramic bowls you used for the fruit salad? I have the same ones! Broke one last year though, so now I’m down to three. Delicious looking breakfast!

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