- White bread, pasta, and rice (also known as processed grains.) These are stripped of most of their nutrients during processing and the starch left behind is quickly digested. This causes spikes in blood sugar and energy that are followed by a fast crash. Whole grains are better options than grains that have been over processed. Remember to watch your starches.
- Foods with added sugar such as cereal, yogurt, juices, muffins, granola bars. The list goes on. Reading labels and seeing how much sugar and hidden carbs are in the product can help prevent sugar spikes.
- Alcohol can have a draining effect on the body. Having a little alcohol is said to help relax the body for sleep, but it can also keep your body and brain down when you get up in the morning. The more you have, the harder it is on the body and the liver.
- Having too much coffee can cause tolerance build up and reduce the healthy effects that coffee can have on the body. It can start to decrease energy instead of increase.
- Energy drinks bring a quick boost of energy, but that boost is followed by a crash. Packed with sugar and caffeine, along with many other ingredients, energy drinks can do more harm than good.
- Fried and fast food are both things to avoid if your are able to do so. The grease and high processed food slow the body down. These are empty foods filled with bad fat. They are also low in nutrients and fiber.
Secret: Food can give energy and can also take it away. So it is important to know which ones to look out for.