Happy Hump Day!
As you’re reading this, you might, like me, be experiencing the INFAMOUS afternoon slump. BLAH! This is a typical, daily occurence that we have all just kind of gotten used to. By the time 4pm rolls around & I know I only have ONE more hour left of work- the slump somehow seems to happily disappear. (although on Mondays I think my slump stays with me ALL day 😉 )
I have often wondered what the best anti-slump foods are. I know people recommend staying away from pasta & other super carb-dense foods, which I agree with, but I also think that avoiding a SUPER huge lunch is also important. The fuller I get, the sleepier I get as well. So that is why you will find me pretty much everyday having a yogurt mess. It’s light, it fills me up- but not too much- and I feel good after eating them. None of that super stuffed feeling after- yuck!
While browsing ‘Fit Sugar’ today I discovered an article on “Foods to Fight Fatigue”.
Two-thirds of your body is made up of water, and many basic body functions rely upon this simple substance to run smoothly. So it comes as no surprise that fatigue is the top sign of dehydration.
2. Magnesium Rich Foods
The unsung mineral hero, magnesium is vital to energy production. It is rare to be low in the mineral, but a little extra dose of magnesium can give you a much-needed boost. Nuts & Seeds are both high in the mineral, as are leafy greens like chard and spinach.
I have seen inulin on many an ingredient list, from energy bars to oatmeal. Yet this special type of fiber occurs naturally in wheat, garlic, onions, and Jerusalem artichokes (aka sunchokes). This form of fiber not only helps you feel fuller for longer and helps keep you regular (dealing with constipation can reduce your energy), it helps the body absorb iron to help battle anemia.
4. Whole Grains
Carbs feed the brain, but when you fuel your gray matter with complex carbohydrates, you get a slow burn of sustained energy. By helping to maintain your blood sugar levels, these carbs keep your mood steady and eventually will help you sleep later on. You can also find complex carbs in foods like sweet potatoes, as well as whole grains like oatmeal. DON’T SKIP BREAKFAST!!
5. Lean Protein
Fatty foods, like burgers, take a lot of energy to digest and can leave you feeling sated but zapped of energy. Choose lean proteins over those high in saturated fat. Protein is the building block of muscles.
So I’ve been thinking a lot the last couple of days about my lack of hunger..and honestly I think I know the source. Yes, I have days where I am honestly NOT hungry, but lately my Crohn’s disease has been acting up. 😦
One of the side effects of the disease is a nauseous feeling- which is how I feel…ALOT. Each time I eat I honestly feel like I’m going to get sick, or I have to head to the bathroom ASAP. (sorry to be gross) But it has just not been cooperating with me at all. Uhh!
GOOD news though: My insurance starts September 1st! WOOP WOOP! So, I’ll be making an appointment with my doctor as soon as I can- I know I’ll have to get a colonoscopy, which I am NOT looking forward to ONE bit- I don’t know anyone that does.
It’s just a pain dealing with the side effects of Crohn’s disease sometimes- I was doing really well for awhile, but I think I need different medication or something stronger- since this one isn’t working like it used to, maybe my body has just gotten used to it??
Craig has been really worried about me, even though I assure him not to worry. He just asked me what I ate yesterday & he was NOT happy one bit about what I said- but honestly, I really couldn’t eat- I just felt soooooo nauseous all day. blah! I try to explain to him the feelings I get, but he just tells me to please eat…but then I tell him that I try, because I really do.
I just cannot wait to resolve all of these stomach/ insides issues!
Another thing- maybe someone out there can relate: Mr. Craig, whom I love dearly & would do anything for, is EXTREMELY concerned about me drinking protein shakes- especially since I have been drinking one at night before bed. He is ok with the one before breakfast (if I workout in the morning) but he just gives me ‘the look’ if I have another one at night. I try to reassure him that it really is good for me, but I think he thinks that I’m trying to turn into he-woman or something like that…which is NOT the case one bit! He tells me that I should just eat more at dinner & not have the protein shake at night. I really just think that he tells me that, because like I said, he thinks I will turn into Arnold.
Any advice? Have you encountered something similar? I need some blog world help 😀