Have you ever felt so full that you can’t move, can’t think and can’t function? Welcome to a food coma, which is what happens after you eat a very large meal, because your body is focusing all its energy ondigestion. In fact, the more you eat, the more your parasympathetic nervous system slows your body down in order to concentrate on digestion, so the more sluggish you feel after. This is also why you tend to feel cold after eating, since your blood is diverted to your core, leaving your extremities without much circulation.

Eat small, frequent meals

Instead of trying to eat a whole lot of food at one go, eat a number of smaller meals throughout the day.

Avoid refined carbohydrates and sugar

To prevent your blood sugar from spiking, avoid refined carbohydrates and sugar. Instead, stick to foods with a lower glycemic index, like whole grains and lean proteins.

Add cinnamon to your food

Studies have shown that cinnamon helps keep your blood sugar levels low after eating, so try to add it to as many dishes as possible.

Eat slowly

Instead of shovelling down huge quantities of food, eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly. This will help you realise when you are full and prevent you from overeating.

Lie on your left side

If you must go to bed after a heavy meal, lie on your left side to improve your digestion. In this position, your stomach is lower than your oesophagus and not the other way around.

Drink herbal tea or lemon water

Drink herbal tea or some lemon water after your meal, to improve your digestion and flush out your system.

Eat lighter the next day

After a heavy meal, try to eat a little lighter the next day, so that your liver gets a chance to clear out the extra glucose that has accumulated in your system.