Catherine Lefebvre, journalist and nutritionnist, gives us a few tips for a high energy level!
Whether you struggle to shake off the cobwebs in the morning or you’re prone to crashing in the afternoon, adopt these five simple methods to help avoid fatigue.
There’s no substitute for a good night’s sleep to recharge your batteries. Besides obvious sleep inhibitors like stress and insomnia, diet also plays a key role in the quality of your rest. While eating before bed may not necessarily lead to weight gain, it’s certainly not ideal for a restorative slumber.
Eating a snack (bowl of cereal, yogurt with fruit, toast with peanut butter), instead of a hearty meal is a great idea to help you sleep better, recover and have more energy the following day. It’s best to avoid skipping meals or spacing them out too much. Another tip: be sure to include enough protein (ex: meat, fish, seafood, eggs, legumes, nuts, seeds, dairy products) and fibre (ex: grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds) in each meal. Both help soothe hunger and maintain a steady blood sugar level; they’re a winning combination for avoiding energy loss.
Thirst is the first sign of dehydration, followed by fatigue and headaches. Avoid these symptoms by drinking water regularly. Keep a glass or bottle close at hand, so you can take a sip almost anytime and keep track of how much you’ve consumed.
Coffee in the morning can help put pep in your step, but be careful not to overdo it. While some people are naturally more sensitive to caffeine than others, drinking too much can cause negative effects in anyone: heart palpitations, jitters, insomnia and more. Instead of combating fatigue with caffeine, consider adopting one of the other tips on this on this list.
It goes without saying that stress devours energy. In addition to interrupting sleep, it also wears you down, allowing fatigue to set in earlier. The most effective way to manage stress is by identifying its source, and taking concrete steps to eliminate it, or at least reduce it as much as possible.