Stock up on food
It’s tempting to grab the first snack you see or order at lunchtime, but save those treats for the weekend because they might slow you down. Your daily diet plays a big role in energy production and fighting fatigue. Allison BarnesPh.D., Nutritionist, Exercise Physiologist and CEO and Founder of R3BILT explains the importance of using food as an energy source at midday, especially when it comes to the midday crash. “People often forget that food is fuel for your body and brain, and if you’re fueling yourself optimally, you can easily achieve higher energy and productivity through nutrition alone,” she says. Avoiding crash-provoking foods like those high in processed and inflammatory sugars, Barnes recommends keeping your diet simple.
“Focus on eating real, whole foods while making sure you’re getting enough clean protein and healthy fats,” she adds. A great way to do this is to shop the outer perimeter of the grocery store and try to buy organic produce whenever possible. The more clean nutrients you feed your body, the more energy and fuel it will have to fight off the dreaded afternoon slump.
Starting your day with a nutritious breakfast and healthy snacks throughout the day with foods like fruits, nuts, avocados, lean proteins, and vegetables will help keep your body and mind awake.