It’s not unusual to feel lethargic once in a while, especially if you’ve had a poor night sleep, or you’ve been under a lot of stress. But if you’re finding that you can’t get out of first gear most days without a caffeinated beverage to pick you up, consider this advice from nutrition expert Keri Glassman, on how to boost your energy the healthy way.
“People don’t realize that when they’re not hydrated properly, their energy is lower,” said Keri, “Sometimes just staying hydrated is the key to feeling better.” She also recommends foods that are high in water volume, such as fruits and vegetables, that have the added benefit of keeping you full. And stick with water and herbal teas, she told me – not sodas or anything with artificial sweeteners.
Eat Consistently Throughout The Day
Another way to maintain a high energy level is to start your day with a good breakfast and then eat consistently throughout the day. But don’t rely on low-nutrition, grab and go kind of food to get you through the day. “Eat real foods that aren’t going to give you a quick rush and then drop you off,” she explained. “Choose foods that are going to leave you balanced and satisfied. For example, a combination of protein and high fiber carbohydrates. Protein and fat will make you feel more satisfied and carbohydrates will give you more quick energy. But carbs that are loaded with fiber will give you a more steady flow of energy.”
In addition to fruits and vegetables, examples of dietary fiber include beans and legumes, whole grains and nuts. For health snack suggestions, read Keri's recent blogpost, "Snack, Travel, Pop!"
Keri Glassman is a nationally recognized nutritionist and the author of The New You And Improved Diet: 8 Rules to Lose Weight and Change Your Life Forever.
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