All macronutrients (protein, carbohydrate and fat) aren’t created equal when it comes to energy production.
Now on the face of it, carbohydrates provide you with the fastest form of energy, making it an easy assumption that a diet relying heavily on bread, pasta and cereals would be most effective at providing sustainable energy.
This – despite what old-school food-pyramids might lead you to believe – is a fallacy.
Take the cereal breakfast our example office worker treated themselves to. Initially, the cereal in conjunction with coffee (which we’ll discuss shortly), is going to provide you with a quick burst of energy.
This quick burst of energy, however, is the cause of a sharp increase in your blood sugar levels.
And we all know the old ‘what goes up must come down’ rule, right?
By sharply elevating your blood sugar first thing in the morning, you’ve set yourself up for a day of energy highs and lows, as your body responds to the constant carbs you’re providing it with.
A better alternative would be to fuel your body with protein, healthy fats, and fibre – all of which will provide more sustainable energy levels.
For example, instead of grabbing a bowl of cereal for breakfast, you could scramble a few eggs with some spinach and mushrooms. Or, if you’re in a rush, prepare a protein shake with a handful of kale and half an avocado blended in.
Instead of Subway for lunch, you could have a homemade, wholewheat tuna and avocado wrap, or a beef and feta cheese salad. And, choosing a mixture of almonds and walnuts for your afternoon snack over a cookie will also contribute to you not swinging between hyperactive and lethargic tendencies every couple of hours.