Hello Loyal Soup People! This week I’d like to chat about the mid-afternoon energy slump. So many people lose steam by early to mid afternoon and have a tough time getting through the day. I’m a big proponent of a 15 minute mid-day nap. However, sometimes our eating habits are the culprits when it comes to energy slumps.
When planning our meals, it is important to incorporate foods that will keep our bodies energized well after we’ve finished eating. Eating complex carbohydrates, including whole grains, legumes, along with fruits and vegetables will keep our bodies satiated and energized. These foods are filled with fiber, which slows the digestion process. Fiber-rich foods provide a steady supply of energy throughout the day.
Simple carbs, on the other hand, will cause a quick energy rush followed by a crash soon after. You can become fatigued and moody. All from a bag of pretzels!
Dehydration is another culprit in the energy slump. So often, we’ll go through the day and realize we’ve hardly had any water or other fluids. Even mild dehydration can slow our metabolism and decrease our energy levels. Be sure to constantly sip water and stay hydrated.
Paying attention to what we eat can impact every aspect of our lives – including our energy levels! Plan your meals smartly, and you’ll be energized throughout the day!
*NOTE – Soupermom is not a licensed dietitian, doctor, personal trainer, or anything like that. She’s just extremely knowledgeable about healthy living!! But if you slip and fall while taking her advice, it is not her fault!