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Bread makes me sleepy

Friday night, went along (a bit late) to the College of St Bartholomew's 21st celebration. I had forgotten montjoye was going to give me a lift, and was out doing my walk-with-weights at the appropriate time.

There was plenty of food, some eye candy and it was pleasant to garb up and catch up with folk. Lots of bread and dips as well as other food, so I indulged myself.

By about 10pm, I was very sleepy, so I took myself home before the Grand March. Went to sleep quite early by my standards.

As I do nowadays, woke up early. Had a bit of a potter and breakfast. A bit later, took myself off to Pistachio and, feeling a bit peckish, had a BLT and a muffin. Got home and felt incredibly sleepy.

Wondered why and remembered the previous night. My current diet is low in starch and I rarely eat bread nowadays. So two sudden hits of bread are quite noticeable. And made me very sleepy both times.

Which reminded me of this article and the following: insulin is the primary regulator of how fat we get. “Fat is mobilized [from fat tissue] when insulin secretion diminishes,” the American Medical Association Council on Foods and Nutrition explained back in 1974, before this fact, too, was deemed irrelevant to the question of why we gain weight or the means to lose it. Because insulin determines fat accumulation, it’s quite possible that we get fat not because we eat too much or exercise too little but because we secrete too much insulin or because our insulin levels remain elevated far longer than might be ideal.
To be sure, this is the same logic that leads to other unconventional ideas. As it turns out, it’s carbohydrates—particularly easily digestible carbohydrates and sugars—that primarily stimulate insulin secretion. “Carbohydrates is driving insulin is driving fat,” as George Cahill Jr., a retired Harvard professor of medicine and expert on insulin, recently phrased it for me. So maybe if we eat fewer carbohydrates—in particular the easily digestible simple carbohydrates and sugars—we might lose considerable fat or at least not gain any more, whether we exercise or not. This would explain the slew of recent clinical trials demonstrating that dieters who restrict carbohydrates but not calories invariably lose more weight than dieters who restrict calories but not necessarily carbohydrates. Put simply, it’s quite possible that the foods—potatoes, pasta, rice, bread, pastries, sweets, soda, and beer—that our parents always thought were fattening (back when the medical specialists treating obesity believed that exercise made us hungry) really are fattening.

I'm hyperglycemic. Perhaps it's not surprising I may have an insulin issue.



( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 20th, 2007 08:16 am (UTC)
have you been sticking to the eating plan at all?
Oct. 20th, 2007 11:31 am (UTC)
It is how I do all my meals at home. Bets are off when I go out with friends.
Oct. 20th, 2007 12:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Basic
yes. When going out all bets are off.

Do you find that any whight you have lost is staying off?
Oct. 20th, 2007 12:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Basic
Well, my waist is thinner and I have less visible flab and more visible muscle. So the answer seems to be yes.
Oct. 20th, 2007 08:45 am (UTC)
I've heard these ideas before, and there seems a lot of wisdom in it.

I do think that the Atkins diet takes the concept too far. Cutting down on carbs seems sensible, and seems to work pretty well. Removing them completely and eating all the bacon you feel like munching down can be quite bad for your kidneys, though.

I maintain that a high-fibre diet with moderate protein and carbohydrates will keep you fitter than any fad diet. Mind you, that's pretty much what Weight Watchers does with their points system, which combines calories and carbs.
Oct. 20th, 2007 02:18 pm (UTC)
I have a friend who gets drunk on white bread.

Two slices and she's pissed off her nut. She is, as they say, a cheap drunk.

May not necessarily have anything to do with the topic, but I felt I had to share. :)
Oct. 20th, 2007 03:36 pm (UTC)
And now, having read the article, it makes a hell of a lot of sense.

Thanks, I have much to consider.
Oct. 20th, 2007 07:13 pm (UTC)
We aim to please :)
Spread the joy I say, and I love the bread story.

Once knew someone who could get drunk on cheese, particularly soft cheese.
Oct. 22nd, 2007 04:16 am (UTC)
Grand march? Oh dear. That's the #1 irrefutable sign of Virgin Hats, ie a first-time king & queen with no former experience as royalty. Are there no heralds down there with the gumption to talk the royalty out of it? Evidently the Melbourne groups need a visit from the the Church of Heralds' crack team of heraldic educators, the Norman Inquisition. I'll have a chat with Cardinal Crux...
Mar. 26th, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
Different grain, different results?
First, thank you for the article and all its information. I was wondering if you notice a difference in when you eat different grains. Like I have whole wheat toast and oat meal for breakfast and do fine with that but if I have a store bought pastry or white bread its like taking a sleeping pill. Lastly is hyperglycemia a factor that runs in your family, I ask because my mom has it. Again thank you for the article.
Mar. 29th, 2010 11:49 am (UTC)
Re: Different grain, different results?
Glad to be useful.

It does seem that white bread is worst for me.

Hyperglycemia does not seem to run in my family.
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