It’s Not the Tryptophan

Tryptophan is an amino acid that can only be absorbed on an empty stomach; therefore, the big bird isn’t the cause of our drowsiness on Thanksgiving Day. It’s everything else.

Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood sugar. Whenever we consume something, our blood sugar rises, and then insulin swoops in to lower it. That’s its job. However, whenever we consume something high on the glycemic index, such as potatoes, bread, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pie, our blood sugar skyrockets; therefore, causing insulin to work harder.

What do you suppose happens when our blood sugar spikes higher than normal, and insulin works overtime?

We crash and burn!

The starch, sugar, and alcohol knocks us down for the count, because tasty toxins bang up our insides. These foods force our insulin to pump like no tomorrow. In fact, when people continue to eat this way on a regular basis, their insulin will eventually deplete, and they become diabetic.

Too much insulin is inflammatory, and inflammation is the root cause of serious illness. When we consume starch and sweets everyday, we open the door to disease and disorders. Common sense tells us to avoid the junk, but addiction is our downfall. And, again, obesity is only a symptom of this aforementioned problem.

Did you know, our body cannot tolerate more than 4-grams of sugar on a daily basis? Yet, the average American consumes over 120-grams per day. Keep in mind: when I say sugar, I mean glucose – so, that would be candy, cake, bread, pasta, cereal, pancakes, waffles, potatoes, etc.

That said, how in the world do we get through the holiday feast?


Eat the meat and go for low glycemic vegetables, like leafy greens. 

Avoid the stuffing, cranberry sauce, and anything that is “manufactured” – like marshmallows. If you see marshmallows on the sweet potatoes, turn around!

Go for the real food, low on the glycemic index.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!