Eat Better to Feel Better!
Juggling between work, family and life can cause a lot of stress due to fewer hours of sleep and time.
Yet even when you're too busy, you should not compromise on maintaining a healthy diet because your body needs food to function at its best and to fight the daily stress and fatigue of life.
Our energy comes from the food and drink that we consume. The three main nutrients used for energy are carbohydrates, protein, and fats, with carbohydrates being the most important source. When the carbohydrates have been used up, the body can also use protein and fats for energy. When you eat, your body breaks down nutrients into smaller components and absorbs them to use as fuel. This process is known as metabolism.
Foods such as high-fiber cereals, whole-grain breads and pastas, dried beans, and starchy vegetables are complex carbohydrates and are the best type of foods for prolonged energy because they are digested at a slow, consistent rate.
Protein is also one of the most important energy-producing diets. Food such as lentils and beans are the best source of protein.
However, simple carbohydrates like candy, cookies, sugary beverages and juices should be consumed in limits because simple carbohydrates are broken down and absorbed quickly by the body. They do provide an initial burst of energy for 30 to 60 minutes, but are digested so quickly they can result in a slump afterward.
Alcohol and caffeine should also be avoided. Alcohol is a depressant and can reduce your energy levels, while caffeine usually provides an initial two-hour energy burst, followed by a crash.Life, however hectic it gets should always be taken seriously and it’s imperative to make wise food choices that provide energy throughout the day. Good Luck!