Magazine article Work & Family Life

How the Right Diet Can Help Fight Fatigue

Magazine article Work & Family Life

How the Right Diet Can Help Fight Fatigue

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Why do so many people complain about feeling tired? Perhaps we're eating the wrong foods.

"Food is our fuel," says dietitian Kathy lsoldi of New York's Weill Cornell Medical College. "It has the power to improve how we feel on a daily basis."

To increase your energy level, lsoldi says, you should start by avoiding foods that quickly convert to sugar in the bloodstream such as candies or orange juice. You might also try these fatigue-fighting, healthy-eating strategies:

Eat breakfast. It will boost your metabolism and keep fatigue at bay. The American Dietetic Association recommends a carbs and protein combo such as whole-wheat toast with an egg or cheese, a bowl of cereal with milk or some plain, low-fat yogurt.

Go for complex carbs. That means whole-wheat bread and pasta, brown rice and starchy vegetables like carrots, squash and potatoes. …

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