We, as a society, are often multitasking, overweight, sleep deprived, stressed, out of shape and have poor eating habits. As a result, many of us are left feeling drained, without energy, especially during the holiday season. Here are some tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that will leave you feeling recharged.
EAT OFTEN: Eating every 3 to 4 hours can help to fuel a healthy metabolism, maintain muscle mass and prevent between-meal hunger that leads to unwise snacking.
EAT LIGHT: Eating just enough, but not too much, helps to curb cravings and reduces chances of overeating.
BALANCE PLATE: A balanced meal includes whole grains, lean protein, fiber-rich fruits and vegetables, fat-free or low-fat dairy and a small amount of healthy fats.
SNACKS ARE A BRIDGE: Don't skip this important eating event! Snacks should have protein and fiber-rich carbohydrates to provide lasting energy.
REMOVE ENERGY ZAPPERS: Skip the soda, sugary coffee and energy drinks. These foods may leave you buzzing for an hour, but will likely cause an energy crash. Instead, choose water, fat-free or 1% low-fat milk, low-calorie flavored water or unsweetened tea.
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