If you want to live your days buzzing with energy, you’ll want to make sure that your energy levels are balanced, and free of spikes and crashes.
The key to this is making sure that your nutritional intake supports a sustained flow of energy by limiting blood sugar fluctuations. Maintaining an even blood sugar level can also help improve your focus and concentration, as well as prevent mood swings induced by hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar).
Here are 5 nutritional tips to support a sustained flow of energy:
1. Eat meals with a low glycemic load.
This prevents the digested sugar from rapidly rushing into your bloodstream and causing massive fluctuations in insulin and blood sugar. Instead, combine whole grains and vegetables (high fibre foods) with a moderate amount of good fats and lean protein.
2. Eat foods rich in B vitamins, such as whole grains and nutritional yeast.
B vitamins are essential to the body’s energy production process. If you take a B-complex supplement, do so in the morning to help boost your daytime energy.
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. Some people need animal foods to function optimally; some can do great with carefully combined plant proteins.
4. Stay hydrated.
Dehydration often causes fatigue and headaches. Drink before you feel thirsty. Click here to read more about the relationship between water and weight loss.
5. Reduce sugar and caffeine, which can aggravate blood sugar fluctuation.
To wean yourself off coffee, you could try beverages that are lower in caffeine content: black tea, green tea, white tea, and Rooibos – a non-caffeinated herbal tea that resembles the body of black tea. There are also many delicious, all-natural coffee substitutes that are decaffeinated by their very nature. My personal favourite is Dandy Blend, which is a coffee substitute made of dandelion root. It tastes just like coffee, plus it’s really good for you!
To your health + happiness,