Known for his magnanimous energy and enthusiasm, actor Ranveer Singh is certainly the most talked about man in the industry. Are you envious of his energy? Well! who isn’t? Good energy levels don’t only help you grab attention, they also help you increase your productivity at work and enhance personal life. Here are 7 food habits that you must change to get that contagious energy flowing.
1. Eating Out Of Packets
Eating packaged cereals and oats for breakfast is not the healthiest way to kickstart the day since these highly processed carbs cause blood sugar spikes and crashes all day. This rise-and-fall business, in turn, interferes with your energy levels, your focus and general sense of contentment.
What You Should Do: Start your day with a homemade, healthy breakfast of thepla, poha, upma etc.
2. Fasting And Feasting
Starving for hours together and then getting so famished that you eat not knowing when to stop represents the classical fasting and feasting pattern. If you are the kinds who is too busy to eat and often skips meals then you are setting yourself up for an energy roller coaster.
What You Should Do: Make sure to eat every 2-3 hours.
3. Mindless Eating
When you simply focus on eating, you are more likely to be aware of the quantity of food you are putting in your mouth. Not only this, it also enables better digestion and absorption of nutrients. Hence, better energy levels throughout the day.
What You Should Do: Remove all gadgets (phone, TV, laptop) while eating.
4. Caffeine Consumption
Consuming caffeine increases the levels of stress hormone cortisol in the body. Increased cortisol levels in the evening interfere with sound sleep that will make you feel fatigued in the morning.
What You Should Do: Restrict your tea and coffee to not more than 2 cups a day and avoid having it late in the day.
5. Eating On The Move
Eating food quickly on the go leads to overeating. It is important to chew food slowly and invest time in your meals. Chewing food slowly puts you in touch with your satiety signals. The result is that you stop eating exactly at the right time and don’t end up overfeeding yourself.
What You Should Do: Chew your food well. Take at least 10-15 mins to finish your meal.
6. Late Dinners
Eating close to your bedtime leads to acidity, bloating, weight gain and also lowers the quality of sleep. All in all, you are not at your best when you wake up the morning after.
What You Should Do: Eat your last meal 2-3 hours before bedtime.
Alcohol intake raises blood sugar level and causes a drop in growth hormone (HGH).This leads to dehydration and disturbed sleep. The mornings that start with a hangover will surely keep you edgy and irritable.
What You Should Do: Avoid alcohol and if you must drink, then have a glass of water for every drink that you have. Also, eat while you drink. Few examples of foods that you can munch on with your drink are cheese, nuts, olives, paneer, kababs etc.
So, the next time you feel low on energy, take stock of all the things that you need to avoid to be your active self again!
About The Author: Winner of the 'AWARD FOR THE BEST NUTRITIONIST' from FEMINA 5th WWLC 2018, Munmun Ganeriwal, founder of 'YUKTAHAAR' is a well-known Mumbai- based Dietitian, Nutritionist & Fitness Consultant specialising in Indian food diets. An ardent advocate of local & traditional Indian food, she is India’s only professional to have acquired both a Master’s Degree in Nutrition Science and International Certification of Health Fitness Instructor from the American College of Sports Medicine. She has been studying & practising Iyengar Yoga. Over the last 15 years, she has worked as a Nutrition and Exercise Consultant with a diverse set of clients from all walks of life. Visit her website at www.munmunganeriwal.com.