You might think you’re eating fairly healthy, but if you suffer from fatigue at key points in the day, or if you find yourself suffering from frequent peaks and valleys in your energy levels, you may not be eating as healthily as you think. But, making small changes in your eating habits can not only give you more energy, but can help your body function more efficiently overall.
First and foremost, let’s think about breakfast. While there are those that will argue that eating breakfast isn’t necessary – at least from a weight-loss standpoint – the majority of health professionals will agree that eating something when you first wake up is necessary for energy, and to keep blood sugar levels stable from the get-go. But, it’s not simply eating that’s important; it’s what you eat, too.
A healthy breakfast that will keep your body in top function will be one that is lower on the glycemic index – meaning, if you are going to have carbs for breakfast, it shouldn’t consist only of simple sugars, or products that contain refined sugar. Whole grains, and fruits rich in fiber are great choices. Plus, if you can incorporate a little protein into your breakfast, that’s even better. Foods that digest slowly are ideal. Making these changes to your breakfast meal will provide sustained, even energy, rather than the highs and lows that your favorite doughnuts, danishes, and high sugar juices will provide.
Aside from avoiding “bad carb” at breakfast, or any other meal, for that matter, you should eat more often. Eating more often keeps your body in feeding mode, rather than shutting down the metabolism to conserve energy and store fat. Part of the reason you get tired during the day is not because you don’t have enough stored energy in the body, but because the body is getting mixed signals as to whether it should be burning or storing fat. If you eat more consistently, your body will function better and stay in a more constant fat-burning state, providing more energy throughout the day regardless of the number of calories actually ingested.
Lastly, it’s important to add more protein into your diet. Protein takes longer to digest, it slows down the digestion of simple carbohydrates, helps to stabilize blood sugar, and it is the building block upon which your muscle feeds and repairs itself. If you are already participating in some form of exercise, eating a significant amount of protein is essential. In addition to helping build muscle, however, protein also other benefits for your overall health. Protein helps build and repair all kinds of body tissues, including cartilage, skin, blood, and bone. In addition, protein is needed to help make hormones and enzymes, and it is key in the transportation of vitamin A from organs to cells.
If you avoid skipping breakfast, eat more often, try to avoid bad carbs, and incorporate more protein into your diet, you will inevitably end up healthier. These changes are easy to implement, so when you do, try to notice how much more energy you end up with.