Who better to know how food affects us than those who make it their business to know? Clinical nutritionist, Cassie Brown, MS, CHHP, let us know how to detect those major food groups to avoid when we need to stay alert and high functioning.
“White pastas, breads, crackers, candy, juices, granola, etc. I’ve seen clients’ blood sugar spiking dramatically after eating oatmeal, juices, and other foods marketed as ‘healthy,’ then they’re slumped and exhausted an hour later. Foods like oatmeal and rice can absolutely be healthy but can affect everyone differently.”
That being said, oatmeal is a great source of fiber and other nutrients, just be sure not to buy those instant packets full of sugar and flavorings. Make your own at home, and add some protein like nut butter or a hard-boiled egg on the side to control blood sugar and nutrient absorption, making sure you stay fuller longer.
Brown makes sure to note that this is really from overconsumption of alcohol. A nice glass or two of wine with a fantastic dinner or to celebrate isn’t going to hurt us—we’ve gotta live! But making it a habit to consume more than two drinks regularly (like, five-plus times a week, regularly) is a bit of a problem.
Overconsumption of caffeine/coffee
And the way most red meat is processed (circling back to that cheeseburger for lunch notion), we aren’t able to digest it properly. It’s smart to purchase red meat thoughtfully, i.e. grass-fed beef, organic, minimally processed, and eat it with a salad, veggies, or other forms of fiber first to pave the way. Not to mention, a heavy meal like this is not a great idea for a demanding midday meal.
Foods you may have an allergy or sensitivity to
The common keys to avoiding fatigue when it comes to food are identifying food allergies/sensitivities and limiting calorie-dense foods that quickly raise your blood sugar and stress hormones. Real, whole (and very low-processed) foods that contain protein, fat, carbohydrates, and fiber will give you that calm stream of energy.”