Do you often find yourself feeling like you’ve hit a slump and just can’t get out at some point during the day? For some people, this slump comes mid-morning. You’ve had your cup of coffee but yet, you still feel like you haven’t fully woken up yet. For others, it hits mid-afternoon. You could easily just lay your head down on your desk and go in for a nice, long nap…
Whatever the case may be, one factor could be driving your daily fatigue: your diet. If you aren’t eating the right foods – at the right times –throughout the day, it can wreak havoc on your energy levels.
To help you pinpoint where you may be seeing problems, let’s go over 8 important factors to know about that are stealing your energy and how you can fight back and address them.
Fatigue Factor #1: You Skipped Breakfast
The first and possibly biggest energy stealer is skipping breakfast. Yes, it takes time to wake up in the morning and prepare yourself a healthy breakfast but trust me on this one, it’s time well-spent.
If you skip breakfast, you’re literally starting your day running on fumes. How well do you think you’ll last? Come mid-morning, hunger will set in, fatigue will rage on, and you’ll be feeling more miserable than ever.
Remember that breakfast doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be as easy as eating last night’s leftovers (provided you made a healthy meal of course!).
The key thing to remember is that you’ll want to take in a balanced mix of proteins, carbohydrates, and dietary fats as much as possible.
Eating a donut or pastry is just about as bad as skipping breakfast entirely, so be smart with your choices.
Fatigue Factor #2: You Aren’t Hydrated
Another factor that can bring on great fatigue is if you aren’t staying hydrated. Even slight amounts of dehydration can amount to high fatigue levels that are tricky, if not impossible, to fight off – unless of course, you get hydrated.
Aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day, if not a little more if it’s an especially hot day or you’re being very active. Keep in mind fruits and veggies will count towards getting you hydrated, so load up on them as well.
Fatigue Factor #3: You’re Over-Caffeinating
Speaking of hydration, one thing that you don’t want to do is over-caffeinate. If your idea of getting hydrated means downing three cups of coffee, two energy drinks, and then moving on to soda in the afternoon, you need to rethink this strategy.
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