Eating for Energy

Having energy for a busy life is crucial if you’re going to feel happy, productive and fulfilled. With everything on your plate, from kids and school, work and social life, you might sometimes find it hard to maintain your energy levels. Ever experience that mid-day crash where you just need a nap in order to keep going? You’re not alone. And while sometimes that nap is really what you need, eating a healthful diet can jump-start your energy levels.

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Cutting corners when it comes to diet is common among people who have busy schedules. They may just barely find the time to make it to doctor and dentist appointments, even when general and cosmetic dentistry are such an important part of a healthy life – so diet and exercise can really go on the backburner. But with a few simple tips, you can put your diet to your advantage and boost energy quickly.

Foods for sustained energy

The first thing to think about when crafting a diet for energy is which foods are going to provide energy on a sustainable level? We all know that carbs give energy, but if you’re not eating the right kind, that boost is going to come with a crash and burn. Instead, eat complex carbohydrates that are digested slowly, energizing you for hours. Some of these complex carbs include whole-grain cereals, pasta, breads, and starchy veggies.

Don’t forget to include a healthy amount of protein and fats in a high-energy diet. Lean meats, legumes, nuts and seeds are great picks to keep your energy levels high and avoid a crash and burn. And don’t forget to consume plenty of water throughout the day. If you’re ever feeling super lethargic, often just downing a large bottle of water can boost you right back up.

Foods to avoid

Counter intuitively, most of the foods that we think will give us energy are the ones that can leave us feeling the lowest. These might include sugary snacks, cookies, coffee, and soda. While the caffeine boost from coffee or soda might feel good at first, all the sugar in those drinks will spike your insulin then crash back down, leaving you craving a nap. And the simple carbs from processed snacks are broken down so quickly, so you get a quick burst of energy then a low point after.

How to schedule your meals

Everyone is different when it comes to what really works for them with meal schedules. Some people do best with 3 regular meals per day, while others prefer to eat 5 smaller meals for energy. The important thing is to find a schedule that works for you and stick with it. And include a balance of food groups at each meal: protein, carbs and fats.

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