"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.
AD That's an interesting point. A little overt fat in the diet may actually be a good thing. Perhaps it slows the insulin response just enough to reduce spikes. Of course, we all must adjust/ experiment to find the ideal ratio, but I'l bet it is relatively the same for everyone; everything else equal.
Id say fat is not necessary to slow the spikes, for me adding some greens into fruit smoothie slows downs the absorption and digestion.
I agree. I don't even consume dates or other high Glycemic foods as they take me out of balance and power.
Thanks for sharing this one!
Are your Bananas really ripe?
I also fell asleep with lots of bananas in the beginning, but its gone now.
I think it also adapts.