The Energy Boosting Diet

The Energy Boosting Diet

When you’re feeling tired and sluggish, it’s so easy to run to the vending machine and pick up some sugar-laden treats or a big cup of coffee. However, these items are only providing a false sense of energy— one that will give you a quick boost but leave you feeling more fatigued and tired in the long run.

Even though it’s not a good idea to depend upon a cup of coffee for a quick pick-me-up, the same cannot be said for SMELLING coffee. In fact, a few deep whiffs of freshly made coffee can often provide not only an energy boost, but also a mood boost!

Although it’s true that people can get fatigued easily if they’ve not gotten enough sleep, most people get fatigued simply due to their dietary choices. Any diet that is laden with high-glycemic-index foods, such as simple carbs and sugars, will almost always bring about a crash about an hour after eating as the body adjusts the amount of insulin in the body.

In order to help provide a quick boost that doesn’t leave you fatigued, you need to look to nutrient-dense low-glycemic foods. These are foods that contain lots of vitamins and minerals but don’t affect the blood sugar levels. And not only do these foods help you get a quick surge of energy, they can help you feel energetic all day long!

1. High-iron plant foods

Since most people are iron deficient, getting some extra iron will help you feel better immediately. The high-iron foods are those that are deep, leafy green. So – look for spinach, kale, arugula, mustard greens or certain types of lettuce (like romaine!). In addition to iron, you will also be providing additional essential nutrients such as Vitamin K, Vitamin C, folate, and calcium. Make sure to eat a little bit of fat, too, as most of these vitamins are fat soluble (meaning the body absorbs them better with fat).

2. Citrus Fruits

Similar to coffee, just the smell of citrus fruits can often provide a quick energy boost. However, when you eat citrus fruits, such as grapefruits, oranges, tangelos, tangerines, lemons or lines, you are also taking in an abundance of antioxidants and thiamin. Citrus fruits also boost metabolism in the long haul, so adding some oranges to your diet every day, is a good thing.

3. Foods high in Omega-3 fats

Omega-3’s can be found in nuts, seeds, sardines and salmon. A western style diet is extremely deficient in omega-3s. Due to this deficiency, most people are feeling it physically. These types of fatty acids are known to affect everything from mood to brain health.

Bonus tip: Stay hydrated with water. When we feel fatigued and tired, it is sometimes the first symptom that our bodies are dehydrated. And if you’re also craving sweets, that’s a sure sign that you need to drink a nice, tall glass of water. Don’t forget to add some fresh cut citrus fruits to do your body a whole lot of good.