Rest is recovery and food is fuel so if you are looking to have more energy there is no greater combination than good sleep and good nutrition.
Whilst there are many conflicting ideologies when it comes to nutrition and weight-loss there is actually much consensus amongst sleep scientists when it comes to eating for sustained energy.
Here are some logical points to consider when planning what you put in your mouth:
Energy input must equal energy output…
If you are not eating enough, you will not have the energy you need to perform all day long.
Meals should be small and include protein…
Protein helps to keep your blood sugar levels stable.
If you want to have fewer energy dips then you will need to add foods such as biltong, full-fat cheese, nuts and hummus to your lunch box.
Avoid large meals heavy in carbohydrates…
Especially if you don’t want to feel sleepy after lunch.
Large meals require blood to divert away from your brain towards your digestive organs. If you want to feel alert, you will need blood flow in your brain.
Keeping your brain and body hydrated…
Will help you to keep going.
Caffeine can help pick you up but it can also lead to dehydration. Your brain consists of 73% water so its ability to do its job is impaired when it gets dry. Drinking water throughout the day is the best way to stay energetic and bright throughout your day.
Start eating for energy
The great news is eating this way will in turn help you sleep well. And sleeping well will help you find it easier to make good food selections during your day.
Here’s to fuelling your best life with good sleep and great food.