One of the comments that I have heard this week from several different people is that they just don’t have any energy. They are tired all day and just can’t get done what they want. They think something may be wrong because they are just so tired.
The first thing I usually ask them is, “what have you eaten today?” The answers I get are all pretty similar?
-Well, I haven’t had time to eat, today.
-I had a piece of toast for breakfast.
-I had a salad for lunch. (just vegetables)
-I grabbed a coffee and a donut
-I had a bowl of oatmeal.
The thing that all these comments have in common is that the person has not put any energy into their body. Does your car run if the gas tank is empty? NO!! Then how do you expect your body to run on empty? No wonder you don’t have any energy. Where exactly is it supposed to come?
A couple of people said toast and donuts and oatmeal though, so they should be okay, right? Wrong! The problem is they have consumed nothing but carbs without protein, and likely not enough calories and they probably put some type of sweetener on the oatmeal, and maybe even sprinkled sugar or cinnamon on their toast, or maybe some jelly. So you have had carbs and sugar for breakfast.
What carbs and sugar does for breakfast is give you a super- short energy spike, by short I mean you may feel good for maybe an hour after you eat if you are lucky, then your insulin is going to spike and crash and with that your energy..so now you are tired, probably a little bit irritable and you guessed it, hungry again.
How do we remedy this situation? What do you have to do so that you have more energy? First off, make sure that you eat breakfast. Make the time. It can be as simple as only taking five minutes. Not having the time is one of the worst excuses ever. It just translates to the fact that you are being lazy. The second thing is to eat protein for breakfast!! When I say protein, I do not mean the six- grams that are in oatmeal. We are talking a minimum of 20- grams of protein.
Some great protein packed breakfast ideas are:
Eggs. If you are watching your cholesterol, then use egg- whites. Even eggs and bacon would be better than just a donut or a bagel!
Greek yogurt. Plain Greek yogurt is protein packed and you can add some fruit and even a little granola to it!!
Smoothies. Protein powder and Greek yogurt- based without much fruit is the way to go.
Cottage cheese even makes for a good breakfast!
All of these options are quick and convenient and you will be amazed at how different you feel when you make the change. Gone will be the low energy days!!
Also, make sure you eat three meals a day, and I am an advocate of two snacks. It helps keep your blood sugar regulated and keep you fueled throughout the day!
What you put in your body makes a huge difference in how you feel. Food is fuel, and the quality and quantity matter!