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Change Your Diet to Increase Energy

on Tuesday, 02 June 2015. Posted in Doctor of Fitness, Healthy Nutrition

Feeling blah? Maybe it's the potato chips. Or the coffee. Yes, it really could be your diet.

We all have a tendency to turn to caffeine when we're running low on energy, but then we can feel jittery and have that hard crash.

Instead of coffee, try some green tea. There's still some caffeine content, but green tea contains an amino acid, L-theanine, which helps promote relaxation, so you won't get that jittery feeling.

Junk food can be a major energy-zapper, despite the fact we think of candy bars and donuts as being quick fixes when we're fatigued.

We've heard of good carbs and bad carbs, but here's the simple science: white flour, refined sugar, and white rice (the bad carbs) have been stripped of all bran, fiber, and nutrients. That means they digest too quickly, causing spikes in blood sugar levels and energy.

“So what can I eat now?” Well, how about fruit, yogurt, spinach, and quinoa? Here are some recipes you can try:

Or how about some Blueberry Frozen Yogurt? Simmer 2 cups of blueberries, 1/3 cup sugar, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice in a saucepan. Once it's cooled, mix in 1 cup of milk and 2 cups of Greek yogurt. Pour mixture into a 9”x 9” pan and freeze for 2-3 hours, stirring every 30 minutes.

Your diet can have a major impact on how you feel. Try changing up a few things and see if you don't notice a difference in your energy levels.

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