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how-to: get more ENERGY throughout your DAY

Nikki Yazxhi

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WHEN THE AFTERNOON ENERGY SLUMP KICKS IN, WE TEND TO REACH FOR CAFFEINE TO GIVE US A BOOST…

That works for a about 15 minutes, and then we crash!


Here’s how to eat for more energy all throughout the day…
Think small. Try eating smaller portions at lunch. This will stoke your metabolism and keep your blood sugar levels from dipping. Try eating half your lunch at 12:30 and the other half at 4pm.
Pump iron. Iron deficiencies can leave you fatigued and the amino acids in protein help you feel alert. Eat peanut butter and apples, oatmeal with walnuts, eggs, and seeds (such as pumpkin, sesame, and sunflower). These are all high in vitamin B and protein, so they act like little pellets of energy.
Stay hydrated. Staying hydrated goes a long way toward sustaining energy level, because even mild dehydration causes your blood to thicken, forcing the heart to work harder, which results in fatigue. Try to drink a litre of water by noon, and at least a litre, if not two, after lunch.
Give in, a little. If you decide you must have some caffeine or sugar, be smart about how you consume it. Green tea has about a third of the caffeine of coffee—so you won’t crash as hard—and it’s rich in antioxidants. When you crave something sweet, reach for a whole grain cookie rather than chocolate – fibre has a time-release effect on sugar and carbohydrates, so they enter your bloodstream at a slow and steady pace.
{Source: Allure}

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