I am not talking about the common phrase “food coma” here. I think we are all familiar with the popular food coma experience, which is exactly what it sounds like – we eat way too much food and end up in almost like a coma, we get so tired and lazy and all we wanna do is sit/lay down and sleep. Or rest. But sleep, preferably. I can’t count the number of times I’ve had that happen to me (oops) – especially sushi coma (but they were always so good!) and the ever-popular Christmas and Thanksgiving food comas. But food coma is not the topic I wanted to discuss today. The topic I wanted to talk about is “food drunk” (everytime I say this, I think of the song “Love Drunk” lol not purposely, I swear, haha).
Last week I had a photo session at one of Chicago’s best authentic Pakistani restaurants, Sabri Nihari, and needless to say, one way to compensate was with their amazing food. I had way too much (but it was so good!) and the next morning I couldn’t stop thinking that I felt almost “tipsy” with the way I was acting and thinking after dinner even though I had no alcohol. Not sure if it’s just my memory or if I was actually acting that way but yeahh… I mentioned this to my colleagues but they weren’t entirely sure what I meant. Ha, nothing like a confused face and a nervous laugh to make me feel better about myself, ha. Well, they didn’t help. They seemed to have no idea what I was talking about and it made me feel like a weirdo and a crazy person but it also made me hope that I am not the only person to have experienced this feeling of food drunkness.
There is not much info on this on Google (or at least not on the first page… I didn’t feel like doing in-depth research here, haha) but the one fragment I did find about this states:
“Food drunk is a term used to describe the physiological state of a person after consuming large amounts of food.”
Alright, so apparently the thing exists – boy, does that make me feel better… I can’t believe I am the only person to be talking about this (or experiencing it?). Anyway; I get this quite a lot, I just recently started distinguishing this feeling as a sort-of drunk/tipsy feeling rather than a food coma. For years, I have been all too familiar with a food coma feeling and I began battling the food coma feelings after overeating. I thought that falling asleep is letting the food coma win and also making my body agree with the fact that it is a food coma. So instead, I fight it. I stay awake. I pretend that the large amount of food I consumed is not affecting me. Except it is….
The personal symptoms I experience are slight but apparent if you pay attention to them:
- Slight coordination problems
- Slower thinking and poorer ability to come up with witty comebacks
- Talking too little (or too much, depending on the situation)
- Saying too much (the next day, I’ll be thinking “why the hell did I say that?”)
- Poorer memory from that time
- Desire to consume more food even though I am feeling full
- Blurry thinking, shadowed by the thought of food that was just consumed or food still to be consumed later, tomorrow, etc
- Do you ever feel “food drunk”?