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  • Megan Vogias, MA Ed

Fatigue, focus, and food are all connected

Updated: Jan 6, 2023

Did you know that certain foods can increase fatigue or impact your focus? Research and personal experience tell us that when we eat certain foods our bodies feel a certain way, and often times our energy is the first to take a hit when we don't eat right.

Here are some common things to focus on if you’re experiencing chronic fatigue.

Focus is fueled with 5 Portions.

Every day we need to make sure we have five portions of fruit and vegetables, the fresher the better, and always fresh over frozen and frozen over canned. Consider keeping these fruits and vegetables in stock all year.

  • Frozen berries

  • Frozen green leafy vegetables - spinach/ kale/chard

  • Staple fruits like apples, oranges, and bananas

  • The mighty potato/ sweet potato - boiled or baked

  • Snacking vegetables - carrot sticks, celery sticks, baby cucumbers, and radishes

Stick with the starches that are slow-release. While everyone is different, there are some common food groups that can be effective in managing fatigue. Starchy food - particularly slow-releasing types with a low GI (glycemic index) - is recommended as these help to keep energy levels stable. This includes whole-grain porridge, brown rice, lentils, and beans

Prioritize lean proteins.

Your metabolism rate matters and leaner proteins help promote a higher metabolic rate as well as help you curb cravings for snacks, support your immune system, lower blood cholesterol, and support brain and energy functions with Magnesium, Zinc, Manganese, and B vitamins. Here are some of lean proteins we recommend integrating into your diet.

  • Tofu, edamame

  • Lentil chips, lentil pastas

  • Roasted chickpeas

  • Black beans, garbanzo beans, and kidney beans

  • High-protein whole grains like quinoa and millet

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