Have you ever noticed that even the healthiest of people are tired? No matter how much an individual runs, sleeps, and stays away from sugar, healthy individuals can suffer from exhaustion just as much as anyone. But why is this? – The answer is in the diet.
Every day it seems that nutrition science has a new answer for a healthy diet: don’t eat carbs, only eat carbs, get 5 servings of fruit, fruits have bad sugars – on and on they go with the contradicting facts and fads of diets that make our heads spin. But thankfully, there is hope. A recent article published by Health.com listed 5 healthy eating tricks to boost your energy and correct any false ideas you may have about healthy eating. So take a look and give these few tips and tricks a try – your energy may depend on it.
1. You have to go long stretches without eating: WRONG
The key to any healthy diet is to eat early and eat often. According to the article, “every time you go more than two hours or so without eating, your blood sugar drops – and that is bad news for your energy” (Dworkin-McDaniel, 2013). So do yourself a favor and keep your body going by keeping it fed; grab a bite to eat every 2-4 hours and see if you notice a change in your afternoon slump.
2. Just eat breakfast every morning: WRONG
The answer is not simply to eat breakfast; your breakfast needs to contain soluble fiber. Pancakes or muffins are filled with sugar, which has actually been shown to slow your start to the day, not jump it. According to the article a smart breakfast should include a cereal that has at least 5 grams of fibers per serving and a whole-grain bread that has 2 grams of fiber per slice (Dworkin-McDaniel, 2013). So start your day with some oatmeal instead of a doughnut and see if you can tell a difference in the middle of your morning.
3. Eat any vegetable so long as you get in your vegetables: WRONG
Like the breakfast tip, don’t just eat veggies; eat the ones that will give you the energy you’re missing. Incorporate veggies such as broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and kale, for they contain the much needed nutrients to keep your body going, even at your lowest points of momentum. Keep in mind that there is no such thing as a ‘wrong’ veggie, but the consuming the ones previously listed will maintain your energy more than any other option.
4. Avoid red meat: WRONG
I know, I didn’t believe it either, but it turns out we need our red meats. Iron is the source of the body’s strength and stamina, and according to the article, “Beef is the best source of heme iron, the form most easily used by the body” (Dworkin-McDaniel, 2013). So the next time you think you want to ‘splurge’ on a red meet meal, go for it! Because, as we now know, red meat is not the enemy, it is actually the key to our energy.
5. You can’t cut too many carbs: WRONG
As if we were not confused enough with the battle over consuming carbs, one thing has been made known: our bodies run on carbohydrates. While the debate is still out on the different fad diets, you can take relief in the fact that carbs help your body burn fat and they provide energy as they are digested (Dworkin-McDaniel, 2013). So do your body a favor and give it the energy it needs – eat some whole-wheat pasta or potatoes and quit counting your carbs.
Dworkin-McDaniel, N. (2013, Sept. 19). 5 ways a healthy diet is making your tired. Retrieved from http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20723556,00.html
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