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by BLR Niagara Chef Mark
One of the struggles with emotional health is taking on too many responsibilities or making promises we cannot keep.
Some thoughts or beliefs that feed this unhealthy responsibility are ideas such as: do not trust others to get things done, “I’m helping others, so it’s ok that I neglect myself,” others will not like me if I do not say “yes”, or I’ll take care of me ‘next’ time. These type of beliefs lead us to take care of others needs before our own, or take on too many responsibilities, which leads to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual exhaustion.
We've all indulged in a Thanksgiving feast, or two, so chances are we have firsthand experience with the after-dinner fatigue that sets in following the meal. Why can't we fight that sudden urge to take a nap? To escape the dishes? Perhaps, but the meal itself plays a big part in the way you feel.
Turkey has a bad wrap as being the culprit of after dinner lethargy, but truth be told you could omit the bird altogether and still need a nap. Turkey does have the makings of a natural sedative in it, an amino acid called tryptophan. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid, meaning that the body can't manufacture it. The body has to get tryptophan and other essential amino acids from food. Tryptophan helps the body produce the B-vitamin niacin, which, in turn, helps the body produce serotonin, a remarkable chemical that acts as a calming agent in the brain and plays a key role in sleep. So you might think that if you eat a lot of turkey, your body would produce more serotonin and you would feel calm and want a nap. However, tryptophan needs to be taken on an empty stomach, and without any other amino acids or proteins, in order to make you drowsy. There's a lot of protein in a serving of turkey and chances are it's not the only food on the Thanksgiving dinner table.
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