How to eat for energy

You know the feeling; you’re at work, when all of a sudden you hit a slump. You’ve lost energy and focus – and it’s all you can do to stop yourself from reaching into the biscuit tin or the chocolate drawer to keep you going until home-time.
 
To help keep you focused, we asked Sarah Dacres Mannings, Principal Dietician at Dynamic Dieticians at MLC Centre, for her top 5 tips to keep your energy levels high while you’re at work.
 
  1. Fuel your body. Eat three meals per day, and if you’re a ‘burner’ (more on that later), have 2 or 3 snacks.
  2. Have breakfast. It’s amazing how many corporate clients skip breakfast. Coffee does not count as breakfast!
  3. Know your body type. There are two types. ‘Burners’ need larger amounts of calories to maintain brain and body function. They need more carbs than other people, as well as 3 meals containing moderate protein, and 2 or 3 snacks a day with a mix of protein and carbs. ‘Storers’, on the other hand, require moderate to higher protein and a small amount of low GI carbs.
  4. Keep moving. The more sluggish you feel, the more you need to move. Get out and go for a walk or to the gym at lunchtime, and stand up and walk around the office regularly throughout the day.
  5. Get adequate sleep. Most of my corporate clients try to function on 5-6 hours a night. It’s simply not enough – you should be aiming for 7-8 hours every night.   
For more tips, and to receive 2 tasty recipes a month, visit www.dynamicdietitians.com.au. You can find Sarah on Facebook, or at MLC Medical Centre, Suite 1003, Level 10.