Battle Fatigue With an Energy Boosting Diet
By Stephen R. Farris
Most folks opt to skip cooking their own breakfast in the mornings. Usually that's due to time constraints, getting up, dressing quickly for work or school, jumping in the car to try and beat heavy traffic, and on the way making a quick stop at the drive-thru for a breakfast sandwich and a sugary drink with caffeine.
When they get to work or school, they're feeling really good and ready to tackle whatever the day throws at them. However, by mid- to late morning, that "conquering" feeling becomes more of a tired and drained sensation. In other words, they're becoming fatigued and out of energy.
The rest of the day begins to feel long and drawn out. And with that, productivity simply comes to a halt.
Fortunately, it doesn't have to go down like this every day. A simple change to your daily diet can make a big difference, especially when it comes to fighting off fatigue.
Add More Protein to Your Diet
Adding more protein to your diet can help keep your muscles strong, thus reducing your fatigue factor. Try eating fresh cuts of meat such as chicken, turkey, and fish. For the morning folks, eggs are a great source of protein and quick to make. You can even prep them a day or two ahead of time and just nuke 'em if you're in a hurry to get to work the next day, and eat them on the go.
It sounds simple, and while water doesn't actually boost your energy, it does boost the energizers inside your body. Drinking at least eight ounces of water several times per day can aid in keeping your energy levels consistent so you won't get that rundown feeling in the mornings and afternoons.
Nuts and Seeds
For an energy boost, or to keep them on an even keel, try snacking on nuts or seeds when you start feeling rundown. The best nuts and seeds to snack on are brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, and walnuts. If seeds are your go-to snack, then sunflower or pumpkin seeds are great to choose from. Avoid heavily salted or sweetened nuts and seeds, and opt for the raw versions instead.
More Energy-Boosting Ideas
Here's a few more energy boosting ideas to choose for/or add to your daily diet that can help fight off fatigue:
- Whole grains and complex carbs
- Chia seeds (great mixed in yogurt)
- Vitamins and supplements
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