Want to Avoid Extreme Fatigue After Lunch?

Red meat and extreme fatigue after lunchMany suffer from a phenomena known as food coma. Extreme fatigue after lunch is the hallmark symptom. It is tied to a meal high in carbohydrates, such as pasta and rice.

If your dietary choices emphasize eating or avoiding a specific group of foods, you may be doing yourself a disservice. Many people place a lot of emphasis on carbohydrates, fat, and/or protein, but red meat is a popular dietary villain. Red meat tends to make the body more acidic (lowering ph) and make it more susceptible to cancer. Many health professionals advocate an alkaline diet.

Adults in the western world are more overweight than ever. While we eat more meat than we used to, consumption of red meat has actually declined, particularly over the past ten years. We also consume more plant-based foods and sweeteners.

Unfortunately, this has not lowered obesity rates, nor do experts believe it has led to less cardiovascular disease. The problem is simple, we’re consuming more calories overall than ever before, while seeking to blame a particular nutritional bad guy.

Some people have used a recent study to show that excessive protein was linked to increased mortality from diseases including cancer and diabetes. A careful reading of the study tells us this isn’t quite accurate.

Extreme fatigue after lunch and overweightThe study was based on data collected by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey that showed no links between deaths from cardiovascular disease, cancer, or all causes in individuals over the age of 50. It did show a significant link between protein and deaths from diabetes, but the study was too small for this data to be reliable.

The findings that linked protein to mortality were taken from a subanalysis of those between the ages of 50 and 65, while in those over 65, higher protein consumption was actually linked to lower levels of mortality from all causes as well as from cancer. No one is suggesting that people should reduce their intake of red meat between 50 and 65. It should also be pointed out that the study classified people who get 20% of their calories from protein as “high protein”, while the Department of Agriculture recommends that we get 10-35% of our calories from protein.

A meta analysis of eight different studies have shown that consuming beef vs other types of meat had little influence on cholesterol or triglyceride levels.

The important factor in this study is that those who consumed the most red meat were eating a serving or two every day, while those who consumed the least were eating about two servings a week or less. If you’re in the group eating multiple servings each day, it would be wise to cut back. Otherwise, you’re probably fine.

Dr Lam’s Adrenal Fatigue Perspective on Extreme Fatigue After Lunch:

Foods rich in carbs such as pasta and rice contain many extra calories and can cause extreme fatigue after lunchRed meat’s bad reputation among health conscious consumers is largely due to over consumption and improper cooking. Meat is broken down into amino acids once in the body. Excessive consumption can lead to an acidic body. Overcooked meat is also hard to breakdown and can lead to extreme fatigue after lunch. Those with adrenal fatigue often need more protein and fat for slow release of energy because their metabolic capacity to breakdown carbohydrates is often compromised. Unfortunately, well-done meat is very hard to digest. Bloating, constipation, and gastric discomfort is a common complaint as the body slows down to conserve energy during adrenal fatigue. As the body slows down to conserve energy, extreme fatigue after lunch becomes common place. This is especially true if the body takes in carbohydrates, as metabolic capacity to breakdown carbohydrates is often compromised. Overcooked meat can be a culprit as well. Excessive hard-to-breakdown protein such as overcoooked red meat, puts an extra burden on the body at a time when it has limited supply, leading to extreme fatigue after lunch. We suggest a diet based towards more meat for those with adrenal fatigue with Blood Type O. We suggest all other blood types take red meat in moderation and not overly cooked.

Along with maintaining a healthy diet for adrenal fatigue recovery, it is important to understand the relationship between diet, extreme fatigue after lunch, and the Neuroendocrine Metabolic (NEM) Stress Response. The NEM Stress Response is how the body response to stress on the body from external sources, and even poor diet. The NEM Stress Response includes six systems; the hormonal, cardionomic, neuroaffect, metabolic, detoxification, and inflammation. Poor diet, or a highly acidic intake, affects detoxification, metabolic and inflammatory processes. The body is not able to cleanse effectively, which creates an increase in toxins that remain in the body and trigger inflammatory processes. To best support the body, it is important to eat a diet suited to your body.

Source: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey

Red meat and extreme fatigue after lunch

5 -
Would be very interested to learn more of the impact the rise in pollen is having on levels of adrenal fatigue syndrome. My own symptoms, all food sources ruled out, are entirely worsened by just the huge pollen surges we now experience. I understand that as my adrenals get stronger that pollen will have less effect, but until then, they pack a super wollop! They say pollen levels have doubled in the last 100 years, in amount and season length, and will double again in the next 20, almost entirely caused by excess carbon in the air.....would seem to me that it would deserve a much larger spot on your site, since it can be crippling to folks already with weak adrenal systems. I have personally helped several dozen people regain their trust in healing by simply helping them realize the pollen was the random invisible element contributing to a crash when all else stayed the same. They thought they were simply crazy, but after tracing the pollen patterns, they realized how huge this invisible factor was to their mental well being. The high histamine surges clearly generating Adrenaline and Nor-epinephrine surges to break it down....


  • Vineet says:

    Dr Lam, thanks for your website and all your resources! I’ve bought your book and applied a lot of what you suggested, which has helped a lot! I’m from India and theres extreme pollution here, plus our veg diet is a major cause of my adrenal fatigue. I’ve had extreme crashes and even felt suicidal at times because of low energy!

    Yesterday while battling extreme fatigue and i decided to order some steak and had one portion. You wont believe how energetic I started feeling instantly! My muscles became pumped and I was able to do an hour of fatigue free workout in the gym this morning! Bear in mind meat is prohibited in my house and beef is anti-religious.

    What would be your suggestion for the frequency of weekly red-meat consumtion? I am thinking of including some form of meat especially for breakfast so I can feel energetic during the day, but since Im B+ve blood group, I cant take chicken very well. Thanks for your help 🙂

    • Dr.Lam says:

      High protein can be helpful to give you a boost. The frequency depends on the individual and without more information and detailed history , I am not able to make any further suggestions. If your body is strong, by the way, you should not need high protein in meat form for energy. There are many vegetarian that have good energy all day, so you should focus your attention on underlying problem that may still be there.

      Dr Lam

  • Bob says:

    Does gluten free pasta have the same carb issue?

  • Shannon says:

    Did your article actually answer the question posed in its title? It wasn’t clear to me.

    Sorry if I missed it.

  • Any info on dietary advice for my 18 yr old daughter with systemic lupus? After 6 months on Plaquenil still having hand, finger joint pain and edema. says:

    There must be some foods to eat to ease inflammation in the body.

    • Dr.Lam says:

      First you want to avoid any food that is inflammatory such as fried foods , sugar, wheat, and diary. Using the right oil for the right type of cooking is also very important. A gluten free diet is mandatory. Good fat are actually non inflammatory. Here is an article you should read on the right type of oil to use.. Make sure the adrenals are well supported is another key.

      Dr Lam

  • Sheila beckett says:

    I feel I do have adrenal fatigue, but don’t eat meat. I eat fish and have stepped up on other proteins