Eating for Energy Throughout Your Day
By Ali Struhs
August 21, 2014
It’s 10 in the morning, you’re feeling a little tired, and your stomach is already growling even though it seems like you just ate breakfast. There’s no way you’re going to make it until lunch, so you grab an unhealthy snack, knowing you’ll have to make up for it during your workout that evening. Finding the energy to stay on top of work, family schedules, and run errands while trying to stick to a weight loss program can be challenging if you don’t eat the right foods, space out your meals, and stay hydrated. Here are three tips for eating for energy throughout your day.
1. Space out your meals
Eating small meals, instead of three big ones, throughout the day can help curb hunger and keep you energized. You’ll also keep your blood sugar from spiking. Every 3 to 4 hours eat nutrient-rich foods like an apple and a couple slices of cheese, or a sandwich with whole grain bread, slices of turkey, tomato and cucumber. If you’re on-the-go and feeling hungry and sluggish, keep a small bag of pre-portioned, healthy food in your purse for easy access.
2. Stay hydrated
If you’re feeling hungry and tired, you may be confusing it for thirst. Be sure to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. You can also try incorporating Organic Liaison’s Rescue Me into your Jenny Craig meal plan to avoid unplanned eating. Add one capful of Rescue Me to 25 oz. of water, shake well, and sip throughout your day. Rescue Me contains organic fruit juice, prebiotic fiber, natural herbs, antioxidants, and important vitamins and minerals. One bottle contains 16 servings and can be enjoyed as an on-the-go and travel-friendly fruit serving. Be sure to ask your Jenny Craig consultant if Organic Liaison’s Rescue Me can help you stay energized.
3. Eat the right foods
Fruits and vegetables can provide energy throughout your day. An apple is high in fiber and will keep you feeling full while giving you lasting energy. Try chowing down on berries with breakfast, a Garden Salad with your meal at lunchtime and a juicy peach in the afternoon. Vegetables like broccoli, carrots and spinach, are easy to munch on throughout the day. For a boost of energy, combine fruits and vegetables and a scoop of low-fat Greek yogurt into a smoothie. Because your body uses carbohydrates to fuel your body, be sure to choose beneficial carbs and whole grains, such as brown rice, oatmeal and whole wheat pasta.
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