Foods high in sugar and carbohydrate often make us feel sluggish and sleepy. Until now, it was a well-known phenomenon without a good scientific explanation.
Now science is catching up. A neuropeptide, called orexin, appears to play a role in modulating appetite. It’s also involved in sleep and energy expenditure or, said another way, how tired or peppy you feel. A rare medical disorder, narcolepsy (suddenly falling asleep), results from orexin deficiency in humans.
In early experiments with mice, sugar was shown to decrease or down regulate orexin. If this holds true in humans, it explains why we feel tired, sluggish and hungry a short time after eating sweets. In contrast, protein increased orexin levels and increased energy levels and activity. So for a burst of energy that will sustain you through those late afternoon hours, try reaching for a protein bar rather than a candy bar.
Orexin may be part of the explanation for the current obesity epidemic brought on by unhealthy Western dietary practices. American calories are largely derived from processed foods high in refined sugars. If early experiments hold true, these eating habits would drive orexin levels down, and may account for why Americans rarely feel satisfied after a meal and why many people have no energy for exercise.
We need protein for essential amino acids. We need fats for essential fatty acids. There is no such thing as essential sugars or carbohydrates. If you choose to eat dessert, eat it sparingly. More importantly, adding even a small amount of protein to sugar seems to blunt the effect of sugar on orexin. The next time you order dessert, make sure you have some protein with that treat. Try it the French way and add an after dinner cheese offering!
SDK Pilates is great! So far I’ve taken Pilates classes with Steph and Nancy, and I’m looking forward to Yoga with Mark. Currently working on core strengthening, shoulder mechanics, overall conditioning, and my golf game.
“Sandi and Elaine have the ability to deliver a class that meets the needs of all attendees in the class, even when there is different levels of experience.They have a great manner of presenting poses and ensure good form for a safe and enjoyable Yoga class.”
Pilates has been a wonderful experience both physically and mentally – it relieves stress and gets your body in a “can do” spirit to stretch and feel good. The instructors are the best and the people I’ve met in class are fun to be with. Friendships develop. I will do this forever!
SDK Pilates is wonderful! I have been taking classes from Stephanie for a number of years and thoroughly enjoy both her Pilates and therapeutic yoga sessions. Her training as a doctor enables her to work around physical limitations and injuries and strengthen weaknesses. She has helped me immensely with chronic shoulder issues. The fun nature of the classes, the camaraderie of the attendees and the great workout make SDK classes my favorite way to exercise!
I love the classes and instructors at SDK Pilates! Stephanie, the owner, has been a tremendous help to me with understanding challenges I face with a bad hip. Her expertise and medical background have helped me select exercises that are appropriate for me and I have learned there are still plenty of things that I can do to strengthen my body! At other places, I sometimes overdid my workouts (and hurt myself) – SDK’s instructors have helped me increase my flexibility and strengthen my body in a s…
“Sandi and Elaine have the ability to deliver a class that meets the needs of all attendees in the class, even when there is different levels of experience. They have a great manner of presenting poses and ensure good form for a safe and enjoyable Yoga class.”
I have taken yoga and Pilates classes from Stephanie for many years, and I can say that she is terrific. Her background in physical medicine and rehab makes her uniquely qualified to instruct and coach with a focus in balanced strengthening, proper alignment, and prevention of injury. I enjoy the low key environment at the studio, and have made many friends in her classes.
My experience with SDK Pilates has been outstanding. All of the instructors have been knowledgeable and welcoming. All levels of fitness and capabilities are embraced, addressed and challenged. Individual needs are seamlessly met with in the class. Every class is different and I always walk out feeling better than when I walked in. I take Pilates twice a week and wish I could take it every day!
“SDK Pilates’ yoga instructors are beyond wonderful and very reliable. Our community and hospital staff truly enjoy the classes and we are extremely thankful for their partnership with us.”
Stephanie’s class is well-paced, challenging yet welcoming for first timers and those who are more experienced. She offers seamless coaching throughout and her enthusiasm and energy is inspirational.