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I know what you’re going through all too well. You’ve got a lot on your plate whether you’re career driven, a woman managing a hectic household or often both! Yet, your yawning at noon. How are you making it sis? Probably just barely, at least that’s how I was. I was working, had several side hustles, and going to school full time. I passed out everyday at around 6pm and just couldn’t get most of the things I needed to get done actually done (and all the way, not just starting them)!
I know that I was doing a lot but it didn’t make sense to be as tired as I was everyday. There had to be more to it then just being busy. In my head it was highly unlikely that it had something to do with my monster and red bull habit (yes, I was in denial). But I couldn’t stop drinking energy drinks anyway even if it was, I needed more energy not less. I just kept thinking, there’s got to be a better way than this.
That was only a couple years back, although it feels like a lifetime ago. I got rid of my energy drink habit (and the coffee one that soon followed) and started eating for my energy. Weird right? You often think that eating would make you MORE tired, but that’s not always the case. ( don’t get me wrong i know how to eat to get the itis too, but that’s a post for another day).
Whether you get tired or get energized from your meal depends on these 3 things:
What you eat
That corny old saying “you are what you eat” well, its kinda true. Carb-heavy foods can leave you feeling super tired and suffering from something called “postprandial somnolence”, also known as the food coma, because of blood sugar and insulin spikes. Try opting for foods that are not high in fats and carbs like fruits and vegetables. Protein is great for you but if you aren’t active, meat may get a little heavy for you at times. Opt for meatless meals for lunch, (especially if you work at a desk) the lightness of a vegetable based meal will give you energy vs siphoning it away.
How much your eating
You knew this one was coming sis, stuffing yourself until you feel your stomach stretch is a big no-no. Not only is it terrible for the waistline, but it’s killing your energy. I mean think about it, have you ever left the barbecue full of energy and life? (didn’t think so).That huge amount of food you wolfed down in record time has got your stomach about to burst open. There are certain types of foods that take more energy to digest than others, Processed foods, fried foods and dark meat just to name a few. Snacking throughout the day can keep your hunger in check and help you make better decision about what and how much your eating on a regular basis.
Why you’re eating
Obviously there is one main reason why you’re eating you’re hungry! I mean, you are hungry right? Well you may not be so sure. It’s very common for people to eat when they are thirsty these days. Personally, I can’t tell the difference between being thirsty and being hungry so when I think i’m hungry I drink water (like whole glass or two to fill my stomach up), and then I wait a little bit like 20 minutes or so. If I forget about food, then I was just thirsty, if I’m still hungry then I’ll eat. You also may eat out of boredom or habit like the rest of the world, this is a little more tricky and you have to start by just noticing it. Try drinking tea when watching TV instead of food, or opt for a fruit or veggie snack instead of something like chips
So those are the main things I do and consider when I’m tryin to eat for energy. It definitely takes some self-discipline at the start but once you get in a routine it’s easy, and you will have much more energy to continue to work your Black Girl Magic!
I’m rooting for you sis!