Few things can throw a monkey wrench into everyday life as fatigue can. Lack of energy makes everything more difficult. Something as simple as doing laundry or walking to the mailbox can suddenly feel overwhelming.
If you find yourself dozing off at your desk or cat napping at stop lights it’s time to do something about it. And if you’re getting the sleep you need, and don’t have any underlying medical condition that’s responsible for your exhaustion, there’s a good chance that your diet is to blame.
3 fatigue triggering foods to ditch from your diet
Most of us aren’t eating a junk food based diet. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t still making some diet mistakes that can drain us of energy
Following are three of the worst fatigue triggering foods you should scratch off your shopping list today.
1. White bread:
White bread is practically as American as apple pie. But that fluffy white loaf could be responsible for your lack of energy.
When you eat white bread, you may as well be putting sugar on your sandwich. White bread is a simple carbohydrate, which is just a polite way of saying sugar. Because as far as your body is concerned, they’re practically the same thing.
Simple carb foods (like white bread, white rice and pasta) are high on the glycemic index. They send your blood sugars soaring, and fast. Which means they give you a quick energy spike. But there’s always a big drop waiting for you on the other side of that sugar high. Which is why eating white bread can lead to a raging case of butt-dragging fatigue.
Simple carb foods are low in fiber so they break down quickly instead of slowly releasing sugar into your system. We recommend you lower the overall number of carbs you’re eating. But carbs are great sources of fuel and we do need some in our diet.
Just skip the simple carbs and choose whole grains instead. They’re far lower on the glycemic index, so they won’t send your sugars soaring and then crashing.
2. Fruit juice:
If you’re surprised to see “healthy” juice on this list of fatigue producing foods you’re probably not alone. After all juice, like the fruits it comes from, contains some of the vitamins and minerals we need.
But just like white bread, juice suffers from being high in sugar and low in fiber. And that means, it too, can cause a mean case of fatigue.
If you’ve ever made fresh fruit juice at home, you know how many whole fruits it takes to make just one glass of juice. And that means you’re getting a boatload of sugar in every single glass. Along with a fatigue filled future.
Still on the fence? Maybe you won’t be when you realize that there can be as much sugar in a glass of fruit juice as there is in a glass of high fructose corn syrup filled soda.
Fruit should be a part of your healthy diet. Just make sure it’s the whole fruit, with all the fiber, and not the juice alone.
3. French fries:
There’s not a soul alive who believes French fries are a healthy food. But they certainly are popular. And if fries are your guilty pleasure, they could be the culprit behind your fatigue.
Although they’re often vilified, a moderate amount of fresh, whole potatoes can be part of a healthy diet. They’re rich in a number of nutrients and contain important antioxidants.
Just make sure to keep the skins on. And we recommend cooking and then chilling them to raise their level of resistant starch. This way they will help head off any fatigue triggering blood sugar spikes.
But once you drop a potato into a vat of vegetable oil and fry it up it transforms into an energy thief. Fried foods are tough to digest. Your body ends up diverting more blood flow to your belly to help. And all the extra work it takes to process them can lead to fatigue.
Ditch these fatigue triggering foods from your diet and you’ll soon find your energy levels bounce back.
4 foods that fight fatigue and help restore your energy
To help restore your lagging energy levels even faster try eating more of these four fatigue FIGHTING foods…
1. Nuts and seeds:
Filled with healthy unsaturated and monounsaturated fats, nuts and seeds are a great source of necessary nutrients and energy. Try walnuts, almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and chia seeds.
And don’t worry; although a number of nuts and seeds are rich in relaxing magnesium, most experts agree that shouldn’t contribute to your feelings of fatigue.
2. Lean proteins:
Lean proteins such as chicken, turkey and fish provide plenty of energizing, high quality protein along with some essential fatty acids.
Obviously, water doesn’t provide you with any calorie based fuel. But for many folks mild dehydration can contribute to their feelings of fatigue. Drinking more water can give you an almost instant energy boost without a crash to worry about.
When you eat a serving of beans, you’re battling fatigue on three different fronts. The protein fills you up and provides you with fuel. The carbs give you a ready source of easy to use energy. And the fiber helps regulate your blood sugar fighting off energy zapping spikes and crashes.
Don’t let fatigue throw a monkey wrench into your life. Some simple changes to your diet could be all it takes to send your energy levels through the roof.