Can you eat your way to more energy?

Energetic woman

Your energy levels have a huge impact on your overall well-being. When you’re tired, you don’t feel healthy and you’re less motivated to take on new healthy challenges. Sure, a good night’s sleep can help, but fatigue is also intricately connected to food. Here are some guidelines to boosting your energy when you eat.

1. Don’t Skip Breakfast

Research had shown that people who eat breakfast have more energy throughout the day and maintain better moods.

2. Don’t Rely on Caffeine

There’s nothing wrong with having coffee in moderation, but it’s easy to fall into a cycle in which you’re so caffeinated during the day that you can’t fall asleep to restore the energy you need at night. Limit yourself to one cup in the morning.

3. Stay Hydrated

Dehydration can make you listless. Your body needs water for all kinds of regular functions, so when you don’t have enough in your system, everything will be a little bit harder.

4. Mix Up Your Snacks

Avoid eating any single kind of food at one time. You may have noticed that your go-to snack of crackers doesn’t satisfy for long; that’s because it’s nothing but carbs. Try to build each snack with carbs, protein and fat—say by adding some almond butter to your crackers—to slow digestion and offer long-term satiation.

5. Eat Energizing Foods

No, we don’t mean sugary treats; those will only cause your blood sugar to spike and then drop. Add these healthy, energizing foods to your diet:

NutsThe magnesium in nuts helps convert glucose to energy, plus the protein and fibre keep blood sugar stable.

GingerThis root promotes healthy circulation and metabolism, meaning it will help your body use energy efficiently.

CoconutThe medium-chain triglycerides in coconut are easily converted into energy.

KaleThis leafy green is full of all kinds of vitamins and minerals that your body needs to work efficiently, plus it’s a good source of iron, and iron deficiency is a major cause of fatigue in women.

QuinoaComplex carbs that have some protein built in will digest slowly, giving you long-term energy.


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