Tired of being tired after a meal?
It happens to all of us. You finish your meal and all you want to do is take a nap. Yet eating should give energy…not fatigue.
Remember to apply these 3 golden rules and you’ll have energy to burn!
1. DO NOT skip breakfast and plan for snacks;
It’s been a while since you’ve eaten and hunger is getting the better of you : your eyes are getting bigger than your stomach! Your hunger/satiety capacity has been compromised and you eat more than you need? The body then goes into digestion mode instead of action mode, which makes you feel tired.
- Avoid fried foods and heavy sauces that slow down digestion
- Eat small snacks every 3 to 4 hours (ex. fruits and yogurt) in order to avoid overeating at mealtime
2. Stay as far away from sugar as possible;
Have you ever felt a surge of energy followed by a crash shortly after? Sweets or foods with refined sugars provide momentary energy by causing our glycemic index (blood sugar) to fluctuate rapidly.
- Your plate should always include a source of fiber : vegetables (soups, salads, raw veggies) and whole grain foods
- Include a source of protein : meats, fish, seafood, dairy products, eggs, tofu, legumes
- Consume small doses of high glycemic index foods; starchy foods that are low in fiber (white pastas, breads and rice, crackers, muffins) sweetened beverages and juices, desserts.
3. Keep moving!
Sitting at a desk and muscles at rest? Nutrients travel through our blood stream…and when we activate our blood flow, we activate our muscle and brain cells!
- Depending on the length of your lunch break, find an activity that is convenient; gym, brisk walk, yoga, stretching…
- Get up from your desk as often as possible; take the stairs, park a little further, get off the bus one or two stops before your destination and walk the rest of the way, etc.
Do you have any tips for keeping your energy levels up during the day? Share them with us!
By Ariane Lavigne