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December 2, 2009 • Healthy Eating & Nutrition, Healthy Living

Energy Boosting Tips

Feeling fatigued?  You are not alone.  Fatigue and lack of energy are amongst the most common complaints I hear from the patients in my wellness practice.  Here are 3 dietary strategies for just saying whoa to fatigue:

Be sure to have some high quality protein at each feeding/meal.  The digestion of protein gives rise to a prolonged and sustained blood glucose level which corresponds to a steady and robust energy level. My top picks for energizing proteins are omega 3-fortified eggs, beans, fish, poultry, nuts, low-fat dairy products, whole soy foods, and hemp protein powder.

Avoid the “Great White Hazards” – white flour products, white rice, white potatoes, and excess sugar.  These quickly digested, high glycemic carbs give rise to a flash flood of glucose in your arteries that is always followed by a corresponding rapid and precipitous drop in blood glucose levels shortly there after.  Your brain and muscles simply can’t function when blood glucose dips too low.  Choose whole grains for your starch fix and fresh fruit for your sugar fix to avoid the blood glucose roller-coaster ride associated with their refined, Great White Hazard counterparts.

Don’t let yourself go hungry.  True hunger signifies low blood sugar levels, which mean your brain and muscles, will be deprived of the precious fuel they require to operate properly.  Consume 3 meals a day with snacks between as necessary to keep ravenous hunger at bay.  This will help maintain a steady blood glucose level, which translates to steady energy levels.   For more of Dr. Ann’s expert insight, check out her book.