Food has a huge effect on our energy levels. Eating the wrong foods or poor timing of meals can leave us feeling sluggish, which reduces our productivity. When we get into this energy-deprived state, our body often craves ‘quick fix’ foods. This again can lead to poor food choices and exacerbates the problem as we can get a quick release of energy and subsequent crash.
To avoid tiredness, we should aim to consume a healthy, balanced diet of wholesome, natural foods. Consuming plenty of fruits and vegetables; starchy foods such as potatoes, rice, pasta, bread; milk and dairy products; and healthy proteins such as chicken, fish, lean red meat, eggs and beans can all help to feel sustain energy levels. Other tips include the following:
Always eat breakfast - this provides us with energy to start the day. Try healthy options such as porridge or eggs and whole grain toast with nuts, seeds, natural yoghurt or fruit.
Avoid sugary foods - these will not satisfy hunger for long and will lead to more unnecessary snacking and energy spikes.
Eat regularly - eating at regular intervals will ensure hunger is kept at bay and energy levels stay at an appropriate level.
Get your 5 a day - eating fruit and vegetables provides us with essential vitamins and minerals to keep our body functioning optimally.
Consume adequate iron - red meats, green vegetables and iron fortified foods such as cereals are all great sources of iron which can prevent fatigue.
We all need to perform at our best; at work, at home and during leisure activities. A bit of planning goes a long way; and with the right foods at the right time we can help to ensure that we feel full of energy and ready for the day ahead.