The way your body functions and feels is based off of how you treat it and what you feed it. Eating to stay healthy and energetic is always a balance. You can easily get out of balance by eating irregularly and/or consuming too much or too little food. Not only willcertain behaviors make you feel sluggish, certain foods can also derail your efforts to staying energetic and healthy. It can also slow you down both physically and mentally.
According to Health Publications, when you eat sugary foods, your blood sugar shoots up. In response to that, your pancreas floods your bloodstream with insulin. This may give you a jolt of energy, but the effects are short-lived. The insulin rapidly lowers your blood sugar and you are left feeling lethargic and/or tired, also known as “the crash.” Instead of consuming things like cakes, meat pies, cookies and the likes, eat meals and snacks that are balanced and contain whole foods. Consuming sweets in very small portions alongside a balanced meal will help reduce the likelihood of experiencing a “crash.”
Whole dairy products, high-fat meats, pastries, pizza, can make you feel weighed down after eating them. That’s because these foods are high in fat. Fats are more difficult for the body to breakdown and require a more elaborate process than other nutrients. Because of this, your body sends more energy to the source of digestion, leaving you feeling zapped. Try finding lower fat versions of high-fat foods or consuming them in small portions alongside meals that are rich in fruits and vegetables.
Foods that have been highly processed typically have very little to no nutrition. Many packaged meals and snacks are made with refined flour, sugar, and large amounts of sodium to not only give them a highly palatable taste, but also to keep them on the shelves longer without spoiling.
Highly processed foods may be cheap and taste pleasing, but the body does not gain anything important from them and in fact, when consumed regularly, these foods may lead to malnutrition and certain conditions like anaemia, diarrhoea, constipation and weight gain – all things that can slow anyone down. Instead of consuming these foods, make meals and snacks from whole foods, low-fat dairy, and fruits and vegetables.
Diet Tips to Avoid Feeling Sluggish