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Feeling sluggish lately? This Might Be why...

I'm sure you have heard it many times over, "You are what you eat".  It is a bit more complicated than that, but it does have a lot of validity.  The food we consume on an every day basis is what gives us the necessary fuel to go about our lives.  The quality of food has a direct impact on the quality of our lives.  If we put garbage in, don't be surprised if you get garbage out. Some of the food we eat takes an enormous amount of energy by our body to process, and as a result it literally drains us of energy (this is why you get tired after an unhealthy lunch).  Contrary to that, some food will provide you with hours and hours of sustained energy.  The best option is obvious, so let's take a look at a few of the foods on both sides of the equation.

3 Energy Draining Foods

1. Sugary Breakfast Food:  This includes things such as pastries, doughnuts, muffins, etc..  We might as well throw bagels into this category too.  Sugar and white flour are major energy draining foods. These simple carbohydrates cause major spikes and dips in your blood sugar, leading to significant energy swings.

2. Greasy Fried food:  This type of food that is high in "bad" (saturated) fat will once again cause fatigue and a temporary loss of brain function.  Stay away from these foods when possible, as they also can lead to an array of other health problems as well.

3. Energy Drinks:  It may sound strange that these can actually drain your energy, but they do.  Most are laden with enormous amounts of sugar.  The sugar/caffeine combination can cause a short term increase in alertness, but ultimately lead to a major energy crash. 

So if you have found yourself feeling sluggish lately that might be why. But the good news is it doesn't have to stay that way. Take a look at three energy boosting foods that can help get you back on your game.

3 Energy Boosting Foods

1. Avocado:  This food, which is technically a fruit, contains 20 essential health nutrients, and can provide you with a ton of great sustained energy.  They are high in "good" (unsaturated) fat, which is a great, healthy energy source for your body. Avocados also help balance blood sugar levels.

2. Eggs:  They are one of the most complete forms of protein you can consume, and is easily absorbed into your body for use.  They contain essential amino acids which help fuel the muscles of your body.  Be sure and find a good, farm fresh source for your eggs, as they are much more nutritious than traditional store bought eggs.  Check your local farmers market.

3.  Green Leafy Vegetables:  These include the likes of spinach, kale, swish chard, dandelion, collard greens, and many more.  Dark leafy greens are loaded with nutrients, including folate which helps your mood. Give a nice mixed green salad a try for lunch, maybe even mix in some egg and avocado for extra goodness.

Eating well is not difficult, but does take some focus to avoid all the temptations that are readily available and all around us.  It is very easy to "grab something quick" at the store or your local fast food restaurant when you are hungry.  Don't fall for the temptation.  Plan ahead, and prepare for what meals and snacks you will need over the course of the day.  This will help you enjoy life, and...

LIVE well. BE well.