Last week I talked about losing weight while eating a ton of food and not exercising. Besides losing a few LB’s in the old country, I also felt rather light and energized after eating my pasta-heavy meals.
There’s one part I left out – a ninja trick I learned from Dr. John Douillard for dealing with the sluggishness that comes after a huge meal:
Lean to the left.
An old remedy for indigestion, lying on your left side helps you break down food. Douillard points out in The 3-Season Diet that “because of the asymmetrical shape of the stomach, lying your left side allows the food to flow through it and into the small intestine.”
See – even Duncan and Ellie know they need to take a break after eating! I’ll have to remind Duncan which side is his left.
Rushing from a big meal straight back to activity is a GREAT way to feel gassy, sleepy, and desperate for a sugary snack a few hours later – because you never gave your food a chance to get into your bloodstream and become your fuel.
I practiced this trick after eating about a pound of cheese-laden gnocchi at lunch. It left me feeling as light as if I had eaten a crisp salad that afternoon!
So if you feel like you’re going to doze off after a big meal, try lying on your left side for 10 minutes and see if you feel more energized and alert (and perhaps your stomach even will sound less like World War III).
If your office has an open floor plan, lying down in your cubicle or on top of a file cabinet might be awkward. Instead, you can lean to the left side of your desk while sitting at your computer for 10 min. You’ll get a couple of “Um, are you ok?”’s, but it trust me, it’s worth it.
Give it a try and let me know: how else do you cope with digesting a big meal when you need to be productive right after? Leave a comment and if you enjoyed this post, please share!