The first step in boosting your energy is to eliminate those things that are draining you, making you feel tired and worn out. Once the fatigue-causing foods are eliminated from your diet, you can add in healthy foods and supplements that boost your energy!
Skip These 6 Foods to Avoid Energy Burnout
- Carbohydrates (Sugar): While high-sugar foods like cake and candy can give us a quick boost, our bodies burn through them too quickly and we wind up slumping on our desk all too soon. Even pastas and breads are quickly turned into sugar and leave us feeling worn out. If you are craving carbs, try whole grains and complex carbohydrates for longer, lasting energy.
- Fat: High-fat foods take longer to digest, leaving you feeling slow and sluggish. This can contribute to your afternoon slump. Not only that, high-fat foods tend to pack on the pounds; which only hurts your overall energy levels long-term as you gain weight.
- Processed Meats: Highly processed foods like lunch meats, sausage, salami and hot dogs contain sodium nitrites and tend to be high in fat, all of which contributes to high blood pressure and weight gain, leaving you feeling bloated and sluggish.
- Alcohol: Alcohol consumption puts a strain on your liver, works to pack on the pounds with empty calories, and leaves many of us feeling tired after a drink or two. Alcohol can also interrupt your sleep, compounding its effects.
- Allergens: Many foods are known to cause food sensitivities, including gluten, dairy, corn, soy, eggs, and nuts. These foods often cause a variety of symptoms, which often include fatigue.
- Turkey: The tryptophan (an amino acid) in turkey and chicken is converted into serotonin, which initiates sleep. This is why Thanksgiving dinner leaves you wanting a nap!