Turkey, yes! Pumpkin pie, no! (if you want to feel energetic and not overeat)

Animal research shows again that all calories are not created equal.  Protein compenents (amino acids) activate parts of the brain that regulate

… energy balance, wakefulness, and reward; their loss produces narcolepsy and weight gain.

However, sugar does the opposite – it inhibits parts of the brain that stoke metabolism and maintain a wakeful state.  Therefore, a donut is probably the worst thing to eat for the 4pm dwindles!  We know that protein also satisfies longer than sugar does.

Eggs whites are one easy source of protein.  The authors of the study note:

… protein-rich meals have been reported to be more effective at promoting cognitive arousal than carbohydrate-rich meals (Fischer et al., 2002,Spring et al., 1982-1983).

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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