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May 1, 2017

Beat Energy Slumps

Do you find yourself dragging after lunch, barely able to keep your eyes open? What you eat affects your energy. Foods like soda, candy, and carbohydrates lead to sugar spikes with subsequent energy crashes. If you’re tired of being tired after lunch, here are some tips to keep your energy high.shutterstock_92470498

  • Eat lighter lunches. Choose more vegetables, such as salads, and fewer carbohydrates, like pasta and rice. Eating lighter lunches can give you more time for a post-meal walk. A 10-minute stroll around the block will rev up your energy, oxygenate your brain, and help your body digest your lunch more efficiently.
  • Eat slower. Give your body time to digest your food and signal that you’ve had enough. The faster you eat, the more likely you are to over-eat, which leads to post-meal sleepiness.
  • Eat with attention. Have you ever plowed through a plate of food and realized you ate the whole thing and never tasted any of it? You were busy talking, working, reading, planning, watching television, checking email, texting, or just daydreaming while you ate. It’s easy to eat too much if you’re not focused on your meal.
  • Eat more often. Having four to five smaller meals throughout the day is better than three large meals since smaller meals provide a steady flow of nutrients that keep you alert. You can control blood glucose spikes more easily since it’s those spikes and crashes that turn your energy level into a rollercoaster ride.

Other factors also contribute to afternoon sleepiness, such as stress, poor sleeping habits, lack of exercise, and so on. See my blog posts Feeling Burnout?, Is It Stress or Eustress?, and When You’re Just Too Tired to Work for more information on how to be more positively productive.

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