Stop Feeling Tired After Every Meal
We know that food is supposed to be fuel, but how many times have you finished a meal only to want to crawl into bed?
(Thanksgiving doesn’t count.)
Too often, if you ask us!
Sure, sometimes there’s nothing better than a big meal and a bigger nap, but when your schedule (sadly) doesn’t allow for nap time after every meal time, what’s a gal to do?!
To help us navigate how to use food for fuel, we asked Selvera Wellness Registered Dietitian, Maggie Perkins, to share with us her best tips for eating for energy.
How To Eat For Energy
Eat regularly. You likely already know this, but skipping meals isn’t really ever a good ideas. “Food gives us energy, so skipping meals can cause lethargy and irritability,” says Perkins.
Eat balanced meals. Ever notice how tired you get after binge eating the entire tray of brownies? (Admit it: you’ve done it too!) Next time you want to eat for energy, skip the junk food and instead load up on wholesome, well-rounded foods. As Perkins explains, “meals should include fruit, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and low-fat dairy.”
Make sure you are getting all of your nutrients. “Not eating enough nutrient-rich food can affect energy, brain function, and mood,” explains Perkins. Especially important: Vitamin D for mood (found in enriched whole grain cereals, fortified milk, and yogurt or proteins like eggs and fatty fish), Iron for energy (found in beans, cooked spinach, beef, beef liver, and clams), B vitamins to prevent irritability and sluggishness (found in. hard boiled eggs, cheese, milk, or enriched cereals), Folate for mood management (found in asparagus, lentils, spinach, beets, and citrus fruit), and Omega-3 Fatty Acids to support healthy brain function and mood (found in fatty fish, canola oil, flaxseed, and walnuts).