Foods to make you more productive.
While food doesn’t have to simply be “fuel”, that is really what it’s all about. Feeding your everyday activities. Chasing after your kids, playing fetch at the dog park, or going for a coastal walk with friends on the weekend. So, there’s a reason why, when we don’t eat well, we can start to feel lethargic, moody, and lack energy. That being the case, what should you be eating to get the rev to do all the things you want to, without the crash that comes after your coffee wears off?
1. Bump up your iron.
One of the many symptoms of anemia is fatigue because your body relies on iron to oxygenate your blood, create energy and fuel enzymes. You may need to boost your red meat quotient, or for vegetarians – eat more spinach, legumes, nuts and seeds and healthy grains (read quinoa or brown rice, not white pasta and Dominos).
2. Cut the crap
To reduce your caffeine & sugar crashes mid-afternoon, you have to go to the source. Decrease your intake of caffeine (switch from a double espresso to green tea) and reduce the amount of refined sugar you’re putting into your body. Sugar is a big no-no, particularly if you’re looking to avoid a “crash” in energy.
3. Cut the crap – Part 2
Stick to REAL FOODS! Limit the amount of processed food you put into your body. The more natural sustenance you stick to, the better you will feel. A good guideline is to stick to the outside edges of the supermarket, and only stray into the isles for things you know you need – like quinoa and nuts. The majority of your shop should be done in the areas of meat, dairy, whole grains, fruit, and vegetables – which you’ll notice are all on the outside.
4. Get fat.
Increasing the amount of healthy fats you eat will help to generate more energy for your body. That means plant based fats such as olive or coconut oil for cooking, and “good” (mono/polyunsaturated) fats for your food – like salmon, avocado, and nuts.
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