Everyone is familiar with the after-lunch energy drain when you feel demotivated and tired. The days when you sit at your desk and feel your eyes closing. Those times when you find yourself being irritable or even aggressive, for no reason. Well, it’s not just the daily challenges that you face that can affect your mood and energy levels but it can also be your lifestyle. Fortunately, we can make changes to our daily activity at any time.
Diet: What you eat has a direct impact on the available energy that you need to maintain constant throughout a busy working day. The key is in balancing your blood-sugar so that your body receives an even supply of fuel. To ensure this, your body needs to be able to metabolise and breakdown carbohydrate foods such as rice, bread, pasta, figs and dates etc into sugar for useable energy. The body’s ability to regulate levels of sugar in the blood is essential to health, weight control and also your mood. Fluctuations in blood sugar can cause irritability, aggression, confusion and forgetfulness. These fluctuations are a natural response to changes caused by food intake [types of carbohydrate], fluid intake [caffeine, sugary drinks] and lifestyle [stress, smoking]. It is normal for blood glucose to rise and fall, but it is the degree to which it fluctuates that creates these symptoms. Continue reading