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1, Nov 20, 2012

Healthy foods that fight fatigue

Filed under: Healthy diet — admin @ 12:36 am

On 11/1/2012, I read this piece of information from Harvard Medical School newsletter. “A good, balanced diet — one that includes a variety of unrefined carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, with an emphasis on vegetables, whole grains, and healthy oils — will help keep you healthy. Eating well also provides optimum fuel for your body and can help keep you firing on all cylinders.”

Don’t we already know this? Why not candy and other simple sugars? Here’s the link among the three: fatigue, sugar, and weight gain.

Candy and sugars give you a quick burst of energy, but the burst won’t last long. In fact, as the energy quickly fades, it leaves you feeling depleted and craving for more candy or sugar-type food, which inevitably leads to weight gain. This reminds me of a classmate of mine back in Bowling Green, Ohio. He became obese from eating donuts while driving himself insanely through Ph.D dissertation process. Trust me it doesn’t take much to get to that stage.

On the other hand, whole grains and healthy unsaturated fats are slow cookers, supplying the reserves and energy that you can draw on throughout the day.

Here are a few take home messages:
(1) If you want to keep your energy up and steady without weight gain, limit refined sugar and starches to the minimum.

(2) Take small meals and snacks every few hours throughout the day provides a steady supply of nutrients to body and brain. Keep in mind large meals can cause food coma, leading you feel sluggish instead of energizing you.

(3) Remember it doesn’t take much to feed your brain. A piece of fruit or a few nuts should do the job. Always have healthy snack around and keep out of sight the sugar snacks.

(4) Lunch is in the middle of the day. The key word is SMALL, unless you want a afternoon nap.

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