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What and when you eat will actually determine how you feel in large part. Here are some tips for foods and habits that zap/ boost your energy.
We all have days when we feel full of vim and vigor and then there are days when we feel sluggish and slow. You may be wondering if you have not changed your daily routine of sleep and perhaps exercise, why you are feeling differently for no apparent reason. The answer may lie in your diet. What and when you eat will actually determine how you feel in large part. Here are some tips for foods and habits that zap/ boost your energy.
2. Large meals leave you feeling sleepy and tired
When you eat a large meal you force your body to use its stored energy for the job of digesting, in this case, digesting a large meal means more work and more energy used. To digest, blood rushes to your stomach, depleting the rest of your body of oxygen and nutrients. Because you overate, you may not feel like eating again and miss another meal or eat too late. If you wait too long for dinner, you're more likely to overeat again. This is a cycle you don’t want to fall into. Eating smaller, more frequent meals can keep your digestive system functioning properly and your energy level consistent.
3. Which snacks leave you feeling slow?
Stay away from coffee and candy neither one will give you sustained energy. Caffeine stimulates your nervous system, but it doesn't contain calories, which are your body's fuel. And sugar breaks down quickly in your system, giving you only a brief boost.
1. Start your day with a good breakfast
As you have already read, your body has been without food for many hours, so it needs to be replenished. Eating breakfast will help keep your energy reserves from dropping during the morning.
Good breakfast choices include:
A bowl of high fiber, low fat breakfast cereal with skim milk and a glass of fruit juice
2. Eat regularly throughout the day
Try to make sure you eat three meals every day and top up with healthy snacks filled with fiber, protein, and fat because they take longer to digest, evening out your metabolism and protecting you from those energy highs and lows. Some good choices are:
Fruit - choose fresh, dried, frozen or canned
3. Keep well hydrated
No matter what you are doing, whether shopping, exercising or working you are losing water through your pores. When you sweat you lose fluids so you could become dehydrated. By the time you feel thirsty you are dehydrated. Often times we misread the signs the body is giving when it is dehydrated and eat when what we need is a glass of water.
Our ability to function is diminished when we are just 2% dehydrated so be sure to drink the recommended 8 to 10 glasses a day.
Best choices for hydration are:
By Christina Leon, Staff Writer