Poor diet, mild fatigue or a chronic lack of energy can often be addressed with simple prevention steps. In addition to regular exercise, try these dietary tips for a boost of energy:
• Eat a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables (preferably organic) for their cancer protective properties and micronutrients.
• Become a grazer; eat small frequent meals throughout the day. Large meals can trigger the body to release more insulin, resulting in low blood sugar levels and fatigue. Eating smaller meals and healthy snacks during the day can help keep blood sugar levels steady.
• Stay hydrated. Dehydration is a common cause of fatigue — drink 8– 10 glasses of water throughout the day.
• Snack right. Choose healthy snacks that contain some protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats. Good options include a handful of unsalted nuts, fresh or dried fruit, yogurt, vegetable sticks and whole-grain bread or crackers.
• Eat more fiber. Navy beans, kidney beans, chickpeas and lentils are all rich in fiber, which slows the release of insulin and helps maintain a steady supply of energy.
Contact Genesis’ Registered Dietitian to go over your weight loss goals and determine your daily calorie needs. Carla Campbell: 316-634-0094 or CCampbell@genesishealthclubs.com.