How Many Days Per Year Do We Spend in a Food Coma?

I need a nap!

November 8, 2018

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We celebrate with food for many events like Birthdays, Anniversaries, holidays, and other various parties. Some of the biggest food Holidays are Thanksgiving, Super Bowl Sunday, and Christmas. On those days on average people consume around double their normal calorie intake. 

Thanksgiving is coming up later this month and most people need a nap after they eat their feast because all of that food causes us to be in a food coma. 

If I know I have a lot of things I need to accomplish, I know I should avoid eating heavy foods for breakfast or brunch because if I do I will surely need a few hours of nap time. But how much on average are we actually falling into food comas?

According to new research, the average American spends 213 hours in a food slump or coma. If you do that math that adds up to nine whole days. If you indulge in a heavy meal that includes meat, you are likely to feel sluggish for about an hour and 22 minutes. 

What are the biggest culprits when it comes to causing a food coma?

1. Burgers

2. Pizza

3. Mashed Potatoes

4. Burritos

There are ways to avoid feeling this way by drinking more water and eating more vegetables during your meal. You can also make some of the heavy side dishes for Thanksgiving lighter with the tricks below.