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November 23, 2010 | Posted by: Gene & Joyce Daoust
It's Not The Turkey

I've always found it interesting that the amino acid tryptophan in turkey gets blamed for that sleepy feeling people get after a huge Thanksgiving feast.

Could it possibly be the massive carb-load of mashed potatoes, dressing and gravy, cranberry sauce, green bean cassarole, candied sweet potatoes, ambrosia salad, buttered rolls and pumpkin pie?

High-glycemic carbohydrates and excessive calories cause blood sugar levels to surge and insulin is released to lower it, causing blood sugar to crash, leaving you sleepy and craving a nap. This year, enjoy your turkey with smaller portions of high-glycemic side dishes. Better yet, start new healthy traditions with some of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes and tips:

Order an organic, free-range turkey

Stuffing or mashed potatoes with gravy - choose a small serving of one or the other Fresh fruit salad - mixed berries of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries

Mixed salad greens with mandarin orange sections and balsamic dressing

Steamed green beans with sliced almonds

Steamed brussel sprouts

Relish tray - black and green olives, sliced hicima and carrot sticks, pickles

Pumpkin pie - just have a small slice

So this year, don't blame it on the turkey. Try my tips for a more balanced Thanksgiving Day meal and stay awake for the end of the games.

Tags: Balanced Meals, Family, Holiday Foods, Holidays, Seasonal Tips.