5 Energy Sucking Foods to Avoid

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Posted by Tessa McLean on June 16, 2013 at 4:30 PM

When you've got dozens of work projects to finish by 5pm, the last thing you need is for your lunch to suck all your energy away. What you eat greatly affects your energy levels, so make sure to avoid these five foods unless you're prepared to take a snooze!

Foods containing tryptophan. 

This amino acid is found most famously in turkey, but is also found in other meat and dairy products. This is why you'll probably feel more energized after eating a protein and veggie packed salad for lunch instead of a turkey and cheese sandwich. We're not saying turkey will make you fall asleep instantly, but it can contribute to a more sluggish afternoon. 

Sugar-packed breakfast foods. 

Just say no to the doughnuts! And pop tarts and cereals...These tempting breakfast foods seem like a tasty idea, but they'll undoubtedly leave you exhausted by 10:30am. The jump in your blood sugar is to blame, so opt for a protein packed breakfast like eggs or Greek yogurt instead. 

Heavily processed foods. 

Most flour products (think white bread, white pasta) are heavily processed and secretly full of sugar. This will also create a large jump in your blood sugar causing you to want to snooze later. 

Fried foods.

If it's fried in oil and/or battered, it's going to take your body a whole lot longer to digest. The fats in these foods are more complex and densely full of calories, making the process all the more complicated. They can even negatively affect your muscle function!

Foods lacking iron.

Green vegetables and legumes and packed with iron, so make sure to stock up. Iron keeps you from feeling weak, but don't overdo it either. If you have too much iron, you can risk an infection. 

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  • Posted by Amanda on June 23, 2013 at 6:20 AM
Your article helped! Do vanilla cupcakes with lemony vanilla frosting and angel creme filling count - as long as its once in awhile and I eat healthy most of the time?
Hi Amanda! It's OK to treat yourself every once and awhile, but I wouldn't eat those delicious-sounding cupcakes every day :)