The foods that you eat (or don’t eat) have a huge impact on your energy level.  When your body doesn’t have all the materials it needs to generate energy, you’re going to feel like you need a nap.  Here are some guidelines for keeping the spring in your step with nutrition:

Don’t eat sugary foods when you’re starving.
This scenario may sound familiar to you:  it’s mid-afternoon and you haven’t eaten for hours.  You spot a (insert sugary treat here) in the vicinity and scarf it down.  About an hour later you can’t keep your eyes open!  This is due to something called reactive hypoglycemia, the drop in blood glucose that follows a sugar binge on an empty stomach.

When you’re feeling ravenous, go for a snack that is high in protein and contains some fiber.  This will help bring your blood glucose up in a slow and steady manner.  You can find more information on maintaining regular blood sugar in this post from a few weeks ago.

Watch out for excessive caffeine.  Oddly enough, this stimulant has been associated with many cases of fatigue.  Caffeine can interfere with falling asleep and quality of sleep when consumed in excess.  Consume caffeinated beverages in the morning and keep the serving size reasonable.

Eat your B vitamins.  A variety of B vitamins are necessary for energy production in the body.  When B vitamin stores are depleted, the whole thing grinds to a halt.  Here are some good sources of the vitamins you need to get the energy level you want:

  • Thiamin:  Tuna, beans, peas
  • Riboflavin:  Dairy products, soybeans, mushrooms, spinach
  • Niacin:  Meat, fish, mushrooms
  • B5:  Avocado, yogurt, corn
  • B6:  Meat , fish, potatoes, sunflower seeds
  • Folate:  Beans, dark leafy greens
  • B12:  Meat, fish, dairy

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