You may be able to monitor and increase your energy level at work if you change a couple of behaviors, especially those centered on eating and food.
Eat Right to Prevent Blood Sugar Fluctuations
Eat breakfast before work, so you have a chance to fuel up before you even enter the door of your workplace. Keeping your blood sugar level stable will also keep your energy levels even. Diabetics know the importance of eating a balanced combination of proteins and carbohydrates to keep your blood sugar from spiking and cratering. Choose dairy products for snacks, as they are easily portable and the perfect balance of protein and carbs. Combine fruit and cheese for a jolt of sugar for energy and a serving of cheese to balance your blood sugar.
When you eat sugar-packed food, your blood sugar rises. But you will also become sleepy due to higher blood sugar. Your body will also release insulin to counterbalance the blood sugar. In some cases, the extra insulin in your system results in a blood sugar crash, causing shakiness, irritability and an inability to concentrate. For this reason, choose a combination of protein and carbs to prevent severely rising and falling blood sugar levels. Also, choose whole grains and lean proteins to give you energy without the spike in blood sugar.
If You Are Hungry, Eat
Skipping lunch or meals during work is a bad idea. You’ll have a better time concentrating if you avoid becoming very hungry during the work day. Also, if you skip eating for a significant portion of your work day, you will suddenly feel like you are starving due to low blood sugar. Hungry people tend to eat whatever is available and make poor choices in food. If you continue to ignore your sensations of hunger, your body may not recognize them after a while.
Take Your Breaks
Everyone needs a break from the tasks they do all day long. If you can go on lunch break or other breaks outside, you can increase your Vitamin D while you enjoy the sunny weather. Getting a mental break during the middle of your work day, such as at lunch, also gives you a chance to unwind from the day’s stresses and helps you gain a fresh outlook on your work, too.
Pay Attention to What You Eat
Take the time to enjoy your food during your meal breaks. Healthy lean meals such as baked chicken and vegetables increase your energy levels without weighing you down and making you sleepy during the afternoon. You’ll enjoy eating your healthy foods more if you have a chance to enjoy them and savor their colors and flavors more and feel more satisfied after eating, too.
While you may think drinking coffee or caffeinated drinks will keep you alert at work, they don’t work for the long run. Caffeine, such as in sodas or coffee, can dehydrate you. Most individuals need about 64 ounces of fluids per day to keep their body’s moving and to work at optimal levels. If you work is more stringent, you may crave more water. If you don’t like plain water, try flavoring your water with a taste that is not sugary or loaded with caffeine. Or place lemon or fruit juice in your water to add flavor and interest. You can also eat more foods that include high water content, such as watermelon, tomatoes, and lettuce. Even soup can count as towards your fluid intake for the day.
Take water with you wherever you go. Be sure to drink water when you have a break or just before strenuous activity at your job. If you suspect are hungry, drink water first before you decide to eat. Many individuals confuse the sensations of hunger and thirst.
In conclusion, these helpful tips will hopefully be of use to helping you maintain healthier and more stable health level in your busy life. Many of us are too busy to do much of what we know we should, however, that should not come at the expense of our health.