Beans and guac
While all B vitamins help convert food into energy, folate is essential for DNA synthesis and proper brain function. Folate, B12, and B6 are the three vitamin musketeers responsible for controlling elevated levels of homocysteine, which is associated with heart disease. Alcoholism, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and celiac disease may lower folate levels, which could lead to irritability, forgetfulness, and mental sluggishness. So make sure to eat plenty of leafy greens, beans, avocado, root vegetables, and whole grains to stay alert and full of energy!
A cool glass of H2O
Dehydration can make you feel sluggish and fatigued and can give you a nasty headache. Not fun! Start your day with an 8oz glass of water to boost your metabolism and get your wheels rolling. Drink ½ glass to one glass of water every few hours, and more with increased perspiration and exercise.
Skipping meals can cause dips in blood glucose levels, which can lead to major sugar cravings and fatigue. While some folks can get away with this, many of us will suffer the consequences -- sugar cravings, low energy, and headaches.
If you can't sit down and enjoy a meal, make sure you fuel up with energy-boosting snacks. Stay away from the sugary stuff, chips, and other highly processed foods. Instead, opt for smaller portions of real food. Our body likes to follow a rhythm and schedule so try to eat at about the same time every day. This will maintain adequate energy levels, and balance your blood sugar and mood.
One of the biggest mistakes I see with my patients is that they forget to eat or purposely skip meals to try to lose weight. That's a big no-no!
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Jacqueline is a dietitian based in NYC. When she is not stuffing her face with dark chocolate and kale you can find her shimmying, schmoozing, or in a downward dog. For more information about Jacqueline visit ICraveNutrition.com.