Foods To Avoid For Higher Energy Levels

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| LAST UPDATE 02/17/2022

By Zoe Browning
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Although calories in food are what give us energy, there are certain items that may deplete those energy levels. Sometimes it is a lack of nutrition, while other times, it's overly processed food products that make us feel exhausted throughout the day. Obviously, no one likes to fight the urge to go to bed. So luckily for you, we have the best tips to avoid that. Here are the foods you should stay clear of if you want more energy!

Clinical nutritionist, Cassie Brown, revealed to Poosh that the first and foremost product to remove from your diet for energy should be refined carbohydrates. Now that doesn't mean all carbs, since each one is created differently. Brown explained, "White pastas, breads, crackers, candy, juices, granola, etc. I've seen clients' blood sugar spiking dramatically after eating oatmeal, juices, and other foods marketed as 'healthy,' then they're slumped and exhausted an hour later." Not only does the processed items make you slumpy, but the lack of fiber in these foods will probably make you hungry 30 minutes after eating them. Try to go for healthier more fiber-rich carbs like oatmeal or rice. These will keep you fuller for longer without giving you that feeling of hitting the snooze button. 

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Usually, when we think of coffee or Caffeine, we know it's supposed to help keep us more awake. And while that is true, the after-effects may be what causes you to need a second or even third cup towards the late afternoon. The nutritionist revealed how this happens, "Caffeine actually blocks the hormone adenosine that makes us sleepy. So when the Caffeine wears off and we have high levels of adenosine, we'll feel the fatigue again. Caffeine also stimulates the release of cortisol, aka our major stress hormone, and having too much cortisol can cause stress and fatigue." 

Lastly, avoid all forms of red meat. Of course, every once in a while is okay, but don't eat a cheeseburger before a big meeting. Because of the way meat is processed, our bodies have a hard time breaking down, and it uses up a lot of energy to digest the food. "Red meat contains a high amount of tryptophan, an amino acid that makes serotonin and melatonin, which regulates our sleep cycle," shared Brown. Check out her website for more information on the best and worst food to eat for a healthy, nutritious, and energy-filled life!

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