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.