We are all prone to the occasional slump. Maybe it’s in the middle of the morning or, more commonly, we find ourselves lagging in the mid-afternoon. That’s about the time when the demands of the day begin to catch up with us, and our bodies are telling us we need more energy, some rest or both.
But what if those slumps last longer? What if there is something zapping our positive energy on a more consistent basis? If that’s the case, then something needs to be done about it, and changing our eating habits can certainly go a long way in helping our energy levels.
Here are seven eating habits that boost positive energy:
Understand the problem.
How what we eat and drink can impact our overall energy, but it isn’t a one-size fits all solution. Different people react to different foods and drinks in different ways.
A simple food diary can come very much in handy when we are trying to figure out what is zapping our life force. We should be tracking all of our eating habits, including what we are eating for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks for a few weeks. We should also be tracking what is going on when we are eating and when we are feeling sluggish.
After a few week’s time, we will begin to notice as patterns emerge and can help pinpoint the types of food that enhance our energy levels and the types that deplete it.
Start the day properly.
It is a common saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and most professionals would agree. Start the day off with a good, nutritious breakfast consisting of whole foods. It not only helps your energy and productivity levels, but it also wards off cravings and crashes later on in the morning.
A breakfast high in protein, such as eggs or ham, while avoiding the sugary cereals and other processed foods, will help to avoid a mid-morning slump.
Of all the good habits we could take up, this has to be the simplest and nearly the cheapest one; but also the most neglected. Increasing your water intake will pay dividends in your skin, your weight and your general feeling of well-being.
It’s not always easy to tell when we are dehydrated if we are drinking sodas, coffee and other drinks throughout the day. And while yes, those drinks have water content, they are not hydrating to our body and are not fueling it properly. It’s easy to forget to drink water, but a reusable bottle can help us ensure we are getting enough of this required energy boost.
Be aware of hidden sugars.
Isaac Newton said, “what goes up; must come down.” It is true for things affected by gravity, and it is also very true for our sugar levels. We often experience an immediate burst of energy after eating foods high in suger (if you find this typo, let us know in the comments), but the energy burst is fleeting, and a bigger slump usually follows. In addition to affecting our energy, it affects our mood as well. It is not unusual to find ourselves less patient and more irritable after eating poorly.
Snack on the right things.
Eating smaller portions and more often throughout the day is a good way to keep our energy levels consistent and to sustain our metabolism. We need to learn to shop for good, nutritious snacks and keep them on hand. When we are prepared it is easy ward off a visit to the vending machine and choose to fuel our body more wisely.
Choose happier foods
There are certain foods that are proven to make us feel good. They are full of minerals and goodness, great for the immune system and other bodily functions. There is no secret to choosing foods that not only boost our energy but boost our moods too. Fruits, vegetables, whole grain breads, nuts, and seeds are easily accessible and quick to prepare. Check back in with your food journal and choose the foods that boost your mood, because a better mood leads to better energy.
Finish the day properly.
Now that we’ve made it through the day with more energy and feeling good, it’s time to end it properly to prepare us for a better tomorrow. Eat lighter at night and try to avoid snacking. While avoiding sugar throughout the day is wise, it is essential at nighttime because it can interfere with your sleep. And nothing boosts our energy like a good night’s sleep.
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There they are, seven small and easy to implement habits that will feed the body, maintain consistent energy levels and help us to avoid those energy and mood zapping crashes that might otherwise plague our days.