Do you surrender to the 2 pm sugar slumps?
I’m going to share with you, 6 tips that will leave you with a natural all day surge of energy.
Stop reaching for the coffee, the sugar filled energy drinks, the soda!
Years ago I was you, in the same situation. Skipping breakfast, waiting until about 10 am to get my fix. By that time, my body had crashed and I was left with the strong urge for sugar. It was a day filled with plenty of carbs to go around. But once I learned how to alter my bad eating habits, things started to change.You see, just by adjusting a few things in your diet, you’ll soon stop depending on sugar and caffeine to jumpstart your engine.
To minimize spikes and crashes in energy level, you want to make sure your nutritional intake supports a sustained flow of energy by limiting fluctuations in blood sugar levels. An even blood sugar level can also help you improve your focus and concentration, and help you prevent mood swings caused by hypoglycemia.
How many of you truthfully skip breakfast, having a big cup of sugar filled coffee instead, or maybe you’re a breakfast eater, but you have a bad habit of skipping out on lunch.
Here are 6 tips to eating for all day energy:
- Don’t skip breakfast! I know we all hear, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Well, the experts are right. Breakfast sets the tone for the day, it jumpstarts your metabolism. You’re not left with that midmorning crash, plundering around the breakroom or vending machine for something sugary because your blood sugar is rock bottom.
- 2. Eat foods rich in B vitamins – B vitamins help us draw the much needed energy from carbs and proteins. Examples are dark leafy greens, lentils, beef liver, wheat germ, broccoli and nuts, to name a few.
- 3. Eat just the right amount and type of protein for your body – Keep a food journal to see how much protein works best for you. Make sure you get protein at every meal!
- Stay hydrated – Set a goal to drink half your body weight in water. If your eyeballs are about to pop out of your head, stop and get a hold of yourself. I’m not saying you have to drink this tomorrow. If you’re not use to drinking water, start with a small goal and work up from there. Dehydration often causes fatigue and headaches.
- Avoid caffeine – Caffeine worsens blood sugar fluctuations and it ultimately sabotages us. In the beginning, we get that nice little boost of energy, only to crash harder later. Caffeine becomes a crutch for a quick burst of energy, but it doesn’t last. Instead of depending on caffeine for your energy quick fix, eat real whole foods. Stock the fridge with some simple homemade protein bars, and have with a cup of herbal tea instead of coffee.
- Eat 4-6 small meals daily – By eating several small meals daily, you will keep a steady level energy boost all day. No blood sugar fluctuations, no mood swings, and you’ll have less digestive issues, than if you had several really large meals.
Use these tips daily for stained all day energy. I challenge you to try this for at least a month. I’d love to hear your results.
Until next time!