Agree with you there Sea.There's nothing 'normal' about how utterly crap I feel after I've eaten. I am now eating very small meals and trying to snack a bit to make up - but family meals are diffcult. I've been drinking a lot more but then I seem to be retaining the bloomin'fluids Arrgh can't win! lol. And the Siesta is about full on heat of the day. In Italy where my son was for a time the siesta was to get out of the sun and then at night shops and resturants and so on stayed open well into the night and heavy meals were eaten then too - without needing to stop the fun afterwards. I also wonder about the afternoon slump thing. I remember studies that suggested business lunches should be alcohol free as it affected post lunch productivity.