Feeling Sluggish? Maybe it’s Something You Ate!

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Do you ever wake up with a head that feels like it’s full of cotton? What about a mid-day crash where you find yourself nodding off at work? I know I have spent many a night flopped on my couch “to digest” immediately after supper.

Before I started learning about the Power of Food, I too felt tired and was a slave to food cravings. A lot of people I talk to in my work try to get through those sluggish moments by pounding back a cola or snacking on sugary food.

Does soda pop or sugar help? 

A quick fix of sugar can make you feel like you’re back in business – but only until the next big crash.

Feeling sluggish and groggy makes it really hard to make good food choices. Our cravings for salt, sugar and fat feel more compelling when we feel bad and we have less energy to resist them.

What if I told you the doldrums are actually caused by the food we’re eating?

Digestion: Where Food Meets Mood

The key to breaking your spike and crash energy cycle boils down to one basic principle: efficient digestion. The harder food is to digest, the more of your energy goes into breaking it down, and the worse you feel. Our modern fast food diet is based on some of the most difficult substances for our body to break down: heavily processed, gluten-packed, non-living food, full of added salt, sugar and fat to replace the natural flavour lost in the processing.

If you want to operate at a higher level of energy, and keep it revved up all day long, incorporating living, plant-based foods into your diet is the ticket. They are easier for your body to break down, which means you can skip the post-snack hangover. Living foods are also packed with revitalizing nutrients that are destroyed in commercial food processing, which provide you with lasting energy. And the best part is, ramping up your energy with living food is not about taking the bad stuff out of your diet – it’s about adding the good stuff in.

Three Tips for Great Digestion

1. Eat lots of fibre

I call fibre the toothbrush of the digestive system. Your insides accumulate a sediment of food that is incompletely digested, which interferes with the body’s ability to take in nutrients. Throwing some good sources of fibre into your diet, like hemp seeds, ground flax seeds and legumes will scrub those guts clean and free up your digestion to give you more bang for your buck out of every bite you eat.

2. Drink lots of water

Water is what keeps things moving through the gut. It helps to maintain a healthy level of acidity in the intestines, which is essential for breaking down your food, and it helps maintain the mucus lining that protects your intestinal walls from the acidity. Water also aids your large intestine in getting rid of waste efficiently – and your body wants to get rid of that stuff as soon as possible. Some of the problems that can be caused by not drinking enough water are ulcers, indigestion, heart burn, constipation, poor organ functioning and – yep, you guessed it…..fatigue.

3. Slow down

What’s the rush? Eat at a leisurely pace and give your body time to tell you when you’re full. The signals that tell you when you’ve eaten enough take a little time to kick in. Overeating bogs down your digestion just like the holiday mail bogs down the post office at Christmas time. So chew your food well and take your time. If you’re in the habit of snarfing back your whole meal in one gulp like a snake with a mouse, this might take a little bit of practice, but it’s worth it. Just think how long a snake has to lie around doing nothing but breaking down a single meal!

This week’s recipe – Yam Quinoa Soup – is a great way to beat fatigue. Yams are loaded with fibre and vitamin B6, and soups are naturally hydrating and easy to digest. Try it out and tell me what you think!

The next time you’re feeling sluggish, think about these 3 tips and put them into action!

Thanks for reading. I hope this information will help you beat your own processed food hangovers. I’d love to hear your own stories in the comments below!

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About Adam Hart

Adam Hart is the bestselling author of The Power of Food. When not on stage speaking, Adam can be found helping one of his many corporate clients in awakening an abundance of energy through his highly engaging stress management solutions.Contact Adam to book a demo for an enhanced corporate wellness experience.

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