Here are my top 3 tips to help optimize your energy levels throughout the day:
1. Start your day with protein and fat to minimize blood sugar and insulin spikes through your day.
Breakfast can be eggs, leftover chicken from last night’s dinner or even a protein shake. Preferably not cereal, muffins and the like as these tend to be simple carbohydrates that initiate the blood sugar roller coaster over the course of the day. Listen to your body and notice how sharp you feel when you have fat and protein to start the day.
Turkey, chicken or salmon patties or meatballs that can be cooked the night before and are portion controlled by nature.
2. Have veggies with every meal:
Grilled vegetable are a great option to provide colour, interest and great taste to your meals. Choose zucchini, mushrooms, peppers of various colours, tomatoes, eggplant along with onions, fresh parsley, garlic etc. To create a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Chilli and stews are great comfort foods that can be made lower in fat and high in vegetable content. Try not to have bread with them, it’s empty calories that won’t fuel your body.
3. Include fats at every meal to help stay full and minimize “cheating”.
This could be a small handful of nuts, ¼ of an avocado, olive oil on your salad dressing.
Choose grilled fish, seafood, greens, chicken, turkey, vegetables when possible. Avoid soups as they can be very high in fat and calories, minimize of eliminate bread, crackers and deep fried options. Otherwise split your entree before eating it so you can manage how much you eat and it gives you leftovers for tomorrow.