Feeling tired or sluggish during the day? Look at your diet. A lack of energy could mean you’re not eating right for your activity levels. Resist the urge to start chugging coffee and noshing biscuits. Get your energy levels up with nutritious food and you will be more productive, and ready to Hussle!
Here are 5 good-for-you diet tweaks that will help you feel alert, alive and ready for action all day.
Iron helps people - particularly women - feel energised. Iron helps deliver oxygen to cells and nearly 10% of women are deficient.
Good plant sources of iron are lentils, beans, spinach and sesame seeds. To increase iron absorption eat them alongside meat and vitamin C-rich food such as strawberries or bell peppers.
It might seem like that afternoon cuppa gives you a boost. But it’s a false energy because caffeine is a stimulant. When the effects wear off, you feel tired again. Your body also gets used to caffeine meaning you need more and more to get the same level of alertness.
Real, whole foods fuel every cell in your body and brain. They help you think more clearly and Hussle more energetically.
Think quality, colour and variety. Plenty of water, multi-coloured vegetables, leafy greens, fruit in season, and quality proteins.
Fill up on complex carbs like sweet potatoes and butternut squash to release energy slowly, ensuring your inner engine keeps ticking over steadily all day and doesn’t crash.
Goodbye cereals. Greet your day with eggs to kickstart your get-up-and-go. Eggs are packed with energy-giving nutrients and precious proteins that will keep you energised all morning without the 10am ‘I need a biscuit’ slump.
Try 2 scrambled eggs on rye bread topped with avocado. In a hurry? Grab 2 hard-boiled eggs and run.
It’s so easy to rely on sugar to give us a boost. Yes, you feel temporarily invigorated but you can’t avoid the subsequent ‘crash’. Instead, eat protein/carb snacks to keep you energised throughout the day.
Ideas include a handful of nuts and raisins, a small can of tuna with wholegrain crackers, or a slice of wholemeal toast and nut butter.
Without a doubt, eating less sugar and quitting caffeine are the most powerful things you can do to boost your energy. I managed it for 3 weeks and felt great, but then fell off the wagon.
But some mueslis are very sugary too, so Weetabix with a banana is actually a better bet.
I think there are cereals and cereals. Cornflakes or those terrible breakfast bars do indeed leave me hungry again in an hour. Porridge or a muesli with fruit keep me happy all morning.