To avoid being fired, or just teased by the rest of our co-workers we head to the break room and fix a cup of coffee.
After the second or third cup of coffee with little alleviation of grogginess and lethargy it may be time to rethink your approach.
People ask all the time, “will this give me energy?” as they point to a pill, powder, or some other supplement.
“Ehhh, no. Not really,” I say.
“What will?” they ask.
My answer, “food.”
My reaction and response aren’t usually what they are expecting.
Sure, we all love a good hit of caffeine; and coffee has so many other great health benefits. BUT when it comes right down to it the number one thing that will give us energy is food.
Plain and simple food provides our body with nutrients that can be used for fuel. That fuel is what we use to do work.
And yes, staying awake and alert at your desk is considered ‘doing work’.
The next time you feel yourself dragging take a minute to think about the last time you ate. How long ago was it? What did you have?
Going too long between meals can result in a drop in blood glucose which can leave you feeling tired.
Eating carbohydrate dense foods with little protein or fat can cause a spike and subsequent drop in blood glucose, again leaving you feeling sluggish and drained.
(How carbohydrates affect blood glucose is an interesting and important topic for sure. Here is some more great information.)
Not getting enough quality sleep will certainly leave you dragging and that is something that neither coffee nor food can fix.
In fact, too little sleep can do many things to up-end your attempts at a healthy lifestyle. Yikes! Check out more on sleep here.
So before you reach for that next cup of coffee, take a minute and think about when you last ate
Fueling yourself on a consistent basis with carbohydrates, proteins and fats will ensure you have more than enough energy to tackle your work day and then some!
Learn more about fueling yourself for success.
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