The biggest mistake people make with their food
Do you wake up sluggish and slow? Do you coffee up to get your motor running before you can even think about anything else? Do you skip breakfast just to find you are starving mid – morning and then grab starchy carbs to fill the void?
If this sounds familiar, you are not alone, however you are also slowly destroying your metabolism as you suffer blood sugar crashes, dehydration and wonder why you feel like you have hit a wall at 3pm.
There’s certainly no argument that fuel comes from the food we eat and if you want to be productive and at your best throughout the day, you will not get optimal performance if you fill up with empty calories.
Just think about it like putting gas into a car, if you put crappy low quality gasoline in it, your car won’t run as smoothly. So how do you expect to sit down and have bread, cereal, juice and coffee and go full throttle long term? Starchy carbs (which are typically high on the glycemic index) will give you the boost you need, but they will also increase your blood sugar as well. Once this happens, insulin is excreted to remove the sugar out of the blood and whatever insulin is left over, is stored as fat and you suffer a blood sugar crash. Great.
Skipping meals, high glycemic foods and overdosing on coffee is paving the way to a sluggish metabolism. An inefficient metabolism has not been trained to burn calories, so instead stores whatever you eat because it doesn’t know when it is going to get it’s next meal.
We all know that being a woman "in biz" is no small fete and staying motivated and disciplined is one of the biggest struggles we face on a daily basis. Add fatigue to the mix and it’s no wonder we feel the desperate need for a mid afternoon nap just to get re-charged. Being hopped up on caffeine is a temporary solution that only creates a domino effect of high’s and low’s. Instead try replacing semi-starvation syndrome with proper nutrition and see what happens.
Start your day with a big glass of water to re-hydrate after a night of fasting then knock yourself out with a big mug of coffee. And instead of those two pieces of toast with butter or jam, add some protein such as peanut butter or cheese to keep blood sugars steady and avoid cravings. It will also give you the gas you need to stay awake for an 8+ hour work day and at the top of your game.
Now if you are not used to starting your day with food or anything else other than coffee, I encourage you to start slow. Fill a small glass of water and leave it on your kitchen counter before you go to bed so you can drink it the next morning while you are waiting for the coffee to brew. Grab a banana or a piece of fruit – anything to get that motor up and running and KEEP EATING every 2.5-3 hours! Your digestive system works just like your musculoskeletal system and needs to be trained to work at peak performance. It may take a bit of time and hard work, but the pay off is worth it.
If you don’t believe me, try it and see – I dare ya!