Chinese Food…


I was having lunch with my friend

Jerome today and we were having a talk

About the future for us as trainers and

For the fitness industry as a whole.


Love the guy, but when he said let’s get some 

Chinese food, I was like uh-oh, 

Chinese food ALWAYS makes me sleepy

I don’t know if it’s something about the food

But I always get really tired and then when I 

Wake up from the inevitable nap, I end up

Hungrier than before I even ate.


I thought, there’s gotta be a deeper reason than

Tryptophan or MSG as to why I’m tired after

Scarfing some General Tso’s so I had to 

Investigate this wonton wonder. 


Why do I get sleepy when I eat certain meals

And feel more energized when I eat others???

Shouldn’t I just be able to just eat anything and

Simply will myself to stay awake? 

I mean isn’t food energy??


Well turns out that it is, but it isn’t

I had to go freshman level biochemistry

On this one and do some real research

But I found something interesting

About our dreaded sweet and sour

Slumber inducer…


You’ve heard of MSG right? You know

That stuff that people said was bad so

Now they have to tell you when they

Add it to your shrimp fried rice?


Well turns out monosodium glutamate

(MSG) has this thing called glutamate

And although it’s naturally found in

Some foods (e.g. tomatoes, mushrooms),

An unnatural additive amount can lead

To headaches, nauseousness, and

Of course, drowsiness.


That’s because glutamate excites the

Neurons like a 14 year old that just found

His uncle’s stash of…er…umm…artistic analog

Renditions of 1970-1980’s women.


So when you have too much stimulation

Your neurons eventually die off and

Stop firing altogether.


I never knew until today, why I would

Get so tired with Chinese food, but now

I know, it’s because I need to go for a

Run to burn off all that energy, but

Who wants to go for a run with a belly

Full of shrimp fried rice and

Wonton soup sloshing around?


I think I’ll just take a nap over here…


Jerry “zzzzzzzz” Washington


P.S. Before I literally fall asleep here

I’ve got another fun fact for you.

There is overwhelming evidence that depression

Is linked to elevated levels of MSG and glutamate.

I guess your body gets sad seeing all those cells

Unnecessarily die. So get moving 😉


Learn more fun facts and join the conversation

With a few people, that like you

Think that there is more to life than

Doing what everyone else is doing.

Project SELFFY. The name pretty much

Says it all. Talk soon…

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