Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa And Festivus Food Coma

Photo of Roman feast for post on "food coma" on by Charis Freiman-Mendel

Roman feast

You survived Thanksgiving, but Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Festivus are coming up, so there may be a food coma in your future. In my house, the TORPOR that hits you after eating a big meal is known as a “post-prandial alkaline tide.” Growing up, I had to listen to that kind of dinner REPARTEE because both of my parents are doctors.

Image of mosaic of reclining Roman eating grapes for post on "food coma" and ChristmaHanuKwanzaakah and Festivus on S.A.T. gourmet Charis Freiman-Mendel

Exactly why you need a nap after eating a large meal, especially if it’s fatty, is not clear to scientists, but there are some things you can do to prevent or MITIGATE this effect:

  • chew your food thoroughly (chewing helps digestion)
  • eat small portions of food
  • choose less fats and carbs, more veggies
  • don’t rush through the meal
  • exercise before and after the meal

Consider breaking up the REPAST with a walk before the dessert course. PERAMBULATE to avoid becoming SOMNOLENT.


TORPOR = lethargy
REPARTEE = conversation
MITIGATE = lessen
REPAST = meal
SOMNOLENT = sleepy

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