Why do I Feel Cold After Eating?

KD Morgan

Do you ever feel cold after eating? Do you ever feel tired, dull or dizzy after eating? There are many opinions and interpretations as to the cause of these phenomena.

If your blood pressure tests lower or higher than normal, this might explain feeling cold after eating.
If your blood pressure tests lower or higher than normal, this might explain feeling cold after eating.

Some doctors attribute these experiences to low iron, low blood count, or low or high blood pressure. Others believe that a low carbohydrate diet will cause you to feel chilled after eating. Stress and intensity can also contribute to this experience. Most will agree that your blood is being drawn to and focused on your digestive process. This diverts blood away from your extremities as well as your cognitive brain.

Overeating can cause a cold sensation after eating.
Overeating can cause a cold sensation after eating.

In a healthy body, feeling chilled after eating is a sign of an imbalance in the digestion. With a properly functioning digestion, you should actually feel a little warm after eating. By firing up the digestive enzymes, which break down your food, heat is generated and can be felt throughout the body.

Eliminating raw foods like salads from your diet can prevent you from feeling cold after eating.
Eliminating raw foods like salads from your diet can prevent you from feeling cold after eating.

Without spending a lot of time investigating why you feel cold after eating, it is sufficient to say there is a weakness in your digestive process or you are eating improper foods. There are a few simple guidelines that will help strengthen your digestion and keep your body balanced during this natural process.

Warming up food before eating it can help reduce any cold sensations experienced during and after eating.
Warming up food before eating it can help reduce any cold sensations experienced during and after eating.

You should think of food as nourishing medicine for your bodies. While eating can be entertaining, you need to maintain an awareness of what you are consuming and how it effects your body and mind. If you feel cold after eating you should begin by eliminating cold, raw foods from your diet. This includes salads, ice cream, cold drinks, frozen foods as well as any vegetables or refrigerated foods that have not been cooked. Of course, since there are many nutritional benefits in cold, raw foods, it's important to speak with a healthcare provider to arrange an appropriate diet.

All foods should be lightly cooked, whether it be sautéed, steamed, baked or broiled. Your entire meal should be warm and nourishing. Favor sweet (wheat, milk and rice), sour (yogurt, tomatoes and citrus) and salty foods. Do not overeat, as that can also make you feel cold after eating. You should sip hot water during your meals and throughout the day. After your meals, a short walk (15-30 minutes) will aid your digestion.

A great aid to prevent feeling chilled after eating is to eat a “ginger pickle” about 15-30 minutes before your meals. This involves taking a thin slice of fresh ginger and a thin slice of fresh lime and sprinkling lightly with salt. Eating a ginger pickle before each meal will quickly strengthen your digestive enzymes, clear your liver and prepare your stomach and intestines for the process of digestion. This is also an excellent remedy for nausea, whether it is from flu, pregnancy or seasickness.

It is also important to have pleasant conversation during meals. You are metabolizing your emotions during meals along with the food itself so light enjoyable company and conversation is preferable. If you practice these guidelines for a minimum of ten days, you will strengthen your digestion and gain maximum value from the food you eat. By balancing your body so that you no longer feel cold after eating you will have a nice warm comforting experience, indicating a happy, healthy body.

Those who feel cold after eating are recommended to incorporate citrus fruits into their diet.
Those who feel cold after eating are recommended to incorporate citrus fruits into their diet.

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Ah, no wonder. I'm always eating meals with my witch of a wife who only wants to talk about the chores that I don't do around the house. My emotions are metalomobizing into my meal as a cold putrid cesspool of loathing. It all makes sense now.


This was great advice. I think the naysayers are probably ignorant MD's. You can fire up your digestion; this is common advice in Chinese and Ayurvedic principles. I will be trying the pickle idea. But I have noticed that this is more of a problem for me since I cut way back on carbs and lost weight due to candida issues.

My PA told me that since I have low blood pressure I need lots of salt. I have a salty, buttery rice cake when I first get up in the morning and it perks me right up. I also drink a big mug of salty hot water (celtic salt). Sweet, salty and carb foods all bolster the metabolic rate in many ways. I never knew sour does the same.


I have to agree with for above comments. I have stumbled on this page a few times looking up reasons for being cold after eating. While I think some of the digestive information is getting closer to the point, most of this information is nonsense. By avoiding cold foods, you are just masking the problem. Especially raw vegetables. We've eaten them for thousands of years, and it's only benefited us.

Start with a good probiotic, or if you're completely zapped of energy and cold try adding a little coffee after a meal. This seems to work well for me.


@Perdido – It makes perfect sense to me. My cravings for hot soup don't kick in until the temperature dips, and I find myself avoiding salad and frozen yogurt until springtime.

There's nothing like a bowl of hot soup on a blustery day. I drink hot tea instead of ice water, and that adds to my body temperature.

If it's snowing outside, I always crave hot cocoa. It's a great way to thaw out after nearly developing frost bite while building a snowman!


@lighth0se33 – I also stayed cold no matter what the temperature was, and I was always feeling tired. In general, I felt miserable, even after eating a big, hot meal.

I discovered that I was anemic. From the description of the way you felt, I'm surprised that your iron wasn't low.


My husband thinks it's nonsense that I always feel cold after eating ice cream. He says it's all in my head.

He is a big guy, so a bowl of ice cream doesn't affect his body temperature much. He stays very warm regardless of what he eats.

I, however, get unpleasantly cold after eating ice cream. So, I don't even crave it in wintertime. He wants it year round, but I would rather go for a hot fudge brownie!


I found myself always feeling cold after I lost thirteen pounds. Even during the summer, when everyone else was cranking up the air conditioner, I was wrapped in a sweater.

What my coworkers found most odd was the fact that after we went to lunch together, I still huddled up in my sweater while they fanned themselves. They always felt warmer after a big meal, but it didn't affect me that way.

I got my thyroid levels and my iron checked, but I didn't have any issues there. Now that I've gained the weight back, I'm not as cold as I used to be. After lunch, I sometimes get so warm that I have to remove my outer layer of clothing.


It is actually very hard for many people to digest raw veggies. Chinese medicine suggests lightly cooking them so that we can absorb more of the nutrition from them. I think people need to listen to their own bodies and figure out what works for them.


I agree that this is ridiculous and unscientific. How can someone suggest to avoid raw vegetables (what could be more natural for humans to eat than raw veggies?) and to eat more sweet, sour, and salty things? Most of the population should avoid sugars, dairy, and exceeding their daily sodium intake so this recommended diet is dangerous and ridiculous.

I'm someone who gets sleepy and cold after I eat and trust me: it happens more when I fill up on a big warm meal.

The digestive process uses energy in your body. If you're one to never work out, drink a lot of caffeine, and are thin (not have much energy storage in fat), then these digestive processes are going to be using all the energy you have (including the energy that keeps you warm). The answer is to drink more water and build up some muscle so that you have more energy stores (this way they won't be depleted when you eat).


This is the most unscientific thing I've ever read. Blood doesn't get drawn away from the brain.

You don't 'fire up' digestive enzymes. Enzymes work of their own accord.

What does 'clear your liver' even mean?

If you are cold around meal times, then you won't find the cure reading this nonsense.


You are right. I was feeling cold after eating. After reading this article I realized that my digestive system may not be working properly. After start taking digestive enzymes, I do not feel cold after eating. Thanks, Jayson


what about vitamins, and other stuff? Feeling cold is normal with most people.


Begin by eliminating cold, raw foods from your diet? That might be good advice for someone whose only concern is feeling cold, but from a wider perspective, it's terrible advice.

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