"Bananas and Dates make me sleepy" Michael Arnstein
"I can easily eat 45 bananas a day" Durian Rider
Why the vast difference? Based on the above statements there is obviously somewhat of a difference - is it because we all have a different tolerance to the GI (Glycemic Index) or GL (Glycemic Load) levels in food?
I did an experiment on myself -
Fixed - 3 liters of water daily, exercise fairly the same each week, 10 hours of sleep min.
- One week all bananas and dates (3000cal not including salad) huge salad for dinner
- One week all high water content fruit (3000cal not including salad) huge salad for dinner
- One week with steel cut oats/brown rice/potatoes/lentils/split pea etc (3000cal not including salad) huge salad for dinner.
After most meals I would take blood and calculate blood sugar via a meter....I would also rate my nap needs 15 minutes post meal (1 = ready to roll - 5 = Bed needed now). Some meals would make me tired others would not. My blood sugar levels were always perfect; however, I could not keep my eyes open after certain meals.
I then eliminated every food that made me tired (they happen to be all of the higher GI foods) then presto = feeling great! For me I need lower gi foods (NOT lower carb) lower GI - huge huge huge difference.
Is it possible we all have different Insulin reactions to different foods? For me bananas or a huge batch of grapes would leave me so so tired. A blood glucose reader told me I was perfect - it "lied" - I needed an immediate bed. Lower GI foods left me feeling great.
These our just my observations - what are yours?
NOTE: High vs Low GI - most fruits and veggies are considered low GI compared to typical SAD diets. However, there is still a huge variance between many fruits and veggies.
I was pretty clear in the urine category at all times. As an athlete I really pay attention to hydration. Great feedback- thx!
When i get in enough greens and celery via green juice and big salads in the evening,and i'm very well hydrated,i have absolutely no issue with bananas dates or any fruits for that matter,making me feel tired.
Rawfruitygoodess, Kudos to you!!!! I do the same and like I posted below I no longer have insulin resistance. Great post, thanks!
thank you! and you're welcome :) I'm glad your issues are past now too.I've always been a big believer in the goodness of greens,so balancing for me.
AD and John Paul, you do know that insulin resistance (I had a severe case -- past tense) is caused from body fat NOT glucose, right?
John and Organic811lfrv
Reading pretty much always the same regardless of food. My body fat is very low 7% ish. I know this info bucks some of the overall 811 thoughts. I just think Michael A and DR are pretty much at the forefront of this movement and they have differences. And this post proves great discrepancies between members. I eat high carb just really watch my personal tired meter which I believe is an individual meter.
Were abouts can i read about this in more detail...were did this info come from,
thank you Belle.
Any time of the day, if I eat bananas while I'm underslept (less than 9-10 hours), I will feel tired.
But I don't think it necessarily has anything to do with Glycemic load og index.
I can't always feel right away if I slept enough when I get out of bed. But a large meal of bananas is, for me, a good way of "revealing" any lack of sleep :)
Agreed it may just be more than High GI foods, have you tried this experiment with mangoes??
What do you think this means, Mickey? Do you think bananas are requiring more energy to digest? Or something else?
I haven't really given it that much thought. Just an observation. I have always thought of bananas like a nice bedtime meal for when I'm tired. But when I've slept enough, it's a high-energy meal! :)
If I was a new-age person, I would probably say that "bananas a more grounding", or something like that :D
being underslept always dehydrates us too,and bananas being low water fruit......:)