Many people struggle to get going in the morning or have dips in
If sustaining good energy levels through the day eludes you, and you suffer from extreme hunger/
Complex (not simple) carbs
Complex carbs are a great source of
- Wholegrains- rice, pasta and grains
- nuts and seeds… will help you stay healthy and full of energy.
Simple carbohydrates come in two forms, natural and refined. Some fruits and vegetables are high in natural
Swap white pasta and rice for brown or whole wheat varieties, try using wholemeal flour as an alternative to white flour and make the most of cheap, filling legumes…
Always eat breakfast
I’m trying not to sound like your Mum – but understand that people who miss breakfast are missing a trick. It is well documented that eating a healthy breakfast can reduce cravings later in the day and encourage healthier food choices for subsequent snacks and meals.
Eating low-GI, complex carbohydrates alongside a helping of protein at the start of the day will give your body all it needs in terms of energy, will kick-start your metabolism so you start burning more calories, earlier in the day and will even help get your brain in gear.
Replace any white
- nut butter
- fruits &
Eat less, more often
Hands up if you’ve lost an entire afternoon asleep on the sofa post-Sunday lunch? When we over-indulge in foods high fats or sugars, a few things happen in the digestion process that can leave us feeling lethargic and drowsy. When you eat, your brain signals to your body to slow down and digest the incoming food – the more you put in the harder your digestive system has to work – and the less energy you will have.
If your giant portion was full of sugar and simple carbohydrates such as white bread, pasta
One of the best lessons I have adopted is to eat smaller meals more regularly. I rarely suffer from energy dips and extreme hunger. Eating in this way will help regulate your blood glucose levels, as well as releasing energy gradually instead of in one big hit.
When you need a quick boost
As we all know, exercise is key to staying healthy, but sometimes the energy to lace up those trainers eludes even the best of us. This is the time carbohydrates with simple, quick releasing sugars come into their own. The concentrated carbs in these foods will provide energy to the muscles in the quickest way possible. However, I’m not suggesting you eat a slice of chocolate cake before hitting the gym (sorry to disappoint). Rather take advantage of high