You might think that eating a big lunch is just what you need on a sluggish day, but what you're eating could have the opposite effect on your body. Nutritionist at Just For Today LLC, Lana Levy, MS, RYT, explains why you might be feeling tired and how you can use food to give yourself a boost.
Lana: I think energy is something that most of us want more of, and there are ways about improving energy in your life. First thing, obviously, is try to get more sleep. You should shoot to get about 8 hours of sleep a night, 7 is okay, 8 is really ideal. Another way to improve energy is with the foods that you're eating. So if you're one of those people that has lunch and a couple hours later you're feeling really, really tired and really sluggish, you might want to rethink what you're eating. What happens is when you have something that is a carb heavy lunch, it spikes your blood sugar and then you crash just as hard as you spiked, and that's when you feel tired. Try having a salad with a lean protein and with assortment of vegetables and see if that changes your energy levels during the day. There's nothing wrong with having coffee, I have coffee every morning, but the big thing is that you don't want caffeine to be the source of energy. If you need a little pick me up in the morning, okay, we're all guilty of it. But if you're really feeling tired throughout the day, you're reaching for an energy drink, you're reaching for caffeine of some sort, really rethink what you're eating, and I think you see a difference in how you're feeling.
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