Certified Nutritionist Rosemary Barclay of Old Lyme CT,explains how your diet may be contributing to low energy and lack of focus
Most of us focus on eating food to gain energy but we sometimes forget about the foods that can detract from energy levels . Nutritious, healthy foods can provide plenty of energy to get you through the day. Some foods can leave you feeling sluggish or even more tired than you were before.
Rosemary Barclay, founder and owner of Bonne Santé Wellness Center in Old Lyme, CT, reveals four foods that steal your energy.
One bowl of cereal can contain just as much sugar as eating a donut! Although sugar gives you quick energy, Rosemary Barclay of Old Lyme, CT, notes that it leaves just as fast. Once your blood sugar levels spike, your brain becomes less alert. As your blood sugar spikes so does insulin production and it reduces at such a rapid speed that you end up feeling exhausted and low in energy just a couple of hours after consuming this food .
If you can’t give up your morning cereal, Rosemary Barclay suggests choosing healthier options that contain whole grains and no added sugars. It’s best to stay away from colorful cereals that have artificial flavors and no nutritional value. Try adding fruit and almonds to yogurt instead of eating cereal.
Energy Drinks & Soda
It’s easy to grab an energy drink in the morning before rushing off to work, or a mid-afternoon soda to keep you going. These drinks work by giving your body a caffeine and sugar rush. Again, Rosemary Barclay explains that once the sugar high drops, you’ll quickly feel tired again. Additionally, these drinks can leave you dehydrated. Substitute these drinks for water or naturally flavored waters.
Everyone knows that a glass of wine at night will help you relax and get cozy in bed. People fail to realize that alcohol can actually disrupt your sleep and leave you feeling restless. As alcohol is metabolized in the body, adrenaline will increase. Rosemary Barclay of Old Lyme recommends drinking no alcohol in the four hours leading up to bedtime. Again water should be your main choice of beverage before bedtime.
White Bread & Bagels
White bread is lacks fiber, the body can break it down quickly and use it for immediate energy. White breads and bagels have a high glycemic index and can lead you to crash in the middle of the day. Rosemary Barclay suggests avoiding those bagels in the break room and sticking to whole grains. Oats and naturally sweetened granola are better options.
About Rosemary Barclay
Rosemary Barclay believes that nutrition is fundamental to good health, and affects many facets of well-being, including the skin, energy, immunity, mood, and performance. The Bonne Santé Wellness Center in Old Lyme, CT, offers solutions to problematic skin without the use of antibiotics or harsh chemicals.
She earned a bachelor’s degree and a Ph.D. in biochemistry in addition to becoming a board-certified nutrition specialist, certified esthetician, and acne specialist. Rosemary Barclay lives with her family in Old Lyme, CT.