Feeling low on energy today? You just want to curl up in your bed and not go to work or even out with your friends?!We all have those days when we feel lethargic and drowsy even after a good night’s sleep. But, maybe you are not eating the right foods. Changing your diet can change your metabolism level and brain chemistry.So, don’t worry I am going to give you a list of foods that will up your energy level and improve your mood.By giving your body calories and making it burn them efficiently, some foods can boost your energy. They keep your blood sugar steady and trigger feel-good chemicals in your brain.
What foods give us energy?
Carbs! Yup, that’s right. Usually we treat carbs like they our arch enemies. But, you have to be smart about it. Carbs are essential as they act as fuel for our body, giving us energy.Avoid sweets if you want to avoid bad carbs. Like caffeine, they initially spike your blood sugar making you feel energetic. But very soon, your blood sugar drops and you feel tired and moody. Such erratic swings in your blood sugar is not good for your health either.
Whole grain breads, Unsweetened Muesli, Brown rice, Whole wheat pasta etc. keep your blood sugar levels stable hence giving you constant energy. Steel cut Oats are also a good source of energy thanks to it being low in glycemic index and the soluble fibre that it contains.
Magnesium and protein are necessary to convert sugar into energy in your body. Being low on magnesium leaves you drained out. Nuts (almonds, cashews, hazelnuts etc.), bran cereals, fish etc. are a good source of magnesium.
Besides magnesium, we also need potassium. They help your muscles to contract and prevent them from stiffening up. Bananas works like magic.Lean meats, poultry, fish (salmon) etc. are a good source of protein. Meats, in fact contain vitamin B-12 which combats depression and insomnia, two factors that can seriously affect your energy levels.
Fish, nuts and green leafy vegetables are natural mood and energy boosters as they contain omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids help your body store glycogen (a type of glucose) that is needed by the body as fuel. It also helps you feel mentally alert by keeping your brain cell healthy.
Water. The wonders of water never cease to amaze me. You need to stay hydrated. Dehydration can cause lethargy and slow your metabolism. You feel drained and without energy. So drink lots of water to stay hydrated and energetic throughout the day.
Eating fresh fruits and vegetables help as well. Besides minerals, they contain water too.
And of course, there is tea! We all know it contains caffeine that makes you alert and less lethargic. It also helps lessen your stress.
Now, good news for chocolate lovers! Boosting your energy and mood, chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine which is another stimulant. But, remember it has to be dark chocolate.
Eating habits count too
Eat your breakfast! Don’t head out without a wholesome, nutritious and hearty breakfast. Trust me, you will feel better physically and mentally on a full stomach.
Eat at frequent intervals. Your body needs supplements every 2-3 hours to keep your blood sugar levels stable. And eat small meals at very break.
When you overeat, your body takes up more energy to digest the food, which then leaves you drained and lethargic. Try to squeeze in all your protein, carbs and other essential minerals in these frequent meals.
So, eat right and face the day heads-on! Stay perky and energetic!