Eat to Avoid the Midday Slump

It’s coming. You can feel it. You’re trying desperately to will it away, but, inevitably the clock strikes 3:00pm. Suddenly, you’re exhausted. The thought of striking the letters on the computer keyboard seems like a daunting task, not to mention you can barely keep your eyes open.

Ugh! When this happened yesterday, you swore it wouldn’t happen again. As you walk to the kitchen to get a cup of coffee, you wonder how to avoid this midday slump tomorrow. Here’s the good news:  there are steps you can take to energize your body throughout the day and avoid this feeling. Let’s talk about breakfast, water and snacks.

Breakfast: The is the best place to start. Before we even talk about what to eat, we need to recognize that it’s important TO EAT breakfast. Your body has been in a state of rest, relaxation, and recharging for several hours. It needs fuel in the form of carbohydrates, protein and healthy fat to get going in the morning. Some quick and easy options are: whole fat yogurt with nuts and blueberries, hard boiled eggs and avocado or chia pudding with a side of sausage.

Water: It’s so important to remember to drink water throughout the day. Dehydration is certain to cause sleepiness and fatigue (along with a number of other issues, but I’ll save that for another post!). Each day you should be drinking half your body weight (in ounces) to stay hydrated + more additional water to supplement any coffee, alcohol, packaged fruit juice or caffeinated teas (which will all dehydrate you).

Snacks: Snacks can really make or break you, so don’t forget to give them some thought. You want to be sure to stay away from bad carbs and sugars, which are in candy bars and most packaged food. The sugars will provide an initial spike, but then you’ll feel the afternoon slump as you come down from the sugar high. Take a few minutes at home to prepare trail mix with almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and Goji berries. For sweetness, you can add some cacao nibs or mini chocolate chips (I prefer Enjoy Life brand because their products are free of common allergens).

The midday slump doesn’t have to continue. You can control how your body feels by nourishing it with healthy food (and water) throughout the day.