Nutrition Sins That Sabotage Your Energy and Career: Part II
This week, we are featuring a series on the 9 major nutritional sins most Americans commit, along with tips on how they can easily be avoided. Here are sins #4-6:
4. Not eating lean protein at every meal. Eating quality protein at each meal will help satisfy you longer and it will improve your metabolism as well. This leads to greater energy. Just make sure to stick to lean options (i.e. egg whites, beans or grilled chicken) rather than fatty protein sources and fried meats (i.e. prime rib or bacon).
5. Not understanding the difference between good fats and bad fats. It is actually good for your heart to consume monounsaturated fats in moderation. Examples of “good fats” include extra-virgin olive oil, nuts, and fresh seafood. On the other hand, foods that are high in saturated and trans fats (i.e. heavy, fried, or greasy foods, like onion rings, French fries, donuts, buffalo wings, mozzarella sticks, whole milk, egg yolks, and bacon) are disastrous for weight management and much more likely to lead to heart disease, high cholesterol, and an assortment of other mental and physical health issues. They also make you more lethargic since they are harder for your body to digest. Are the consequences of eating these foods really worth the limited short-term pleasure they may provide? No!
6. Not recognizing how deadly liquid calories can be. You are what you eat AND WHAT YOU DRINK. As much as possible, reduce or eliminate sodas, sugary drinks and alcohol from your diet. For instance, if you drink 3 sodas or iced teas a day, that can be the equivalent of 500+ calories each day or 1 pound of sugar a week! Such consumption will have your energy levels spiking up and down all day long, which will make you more irritable and less energetic at work. Stick to water, skim-milk (or 1% milk), and unsweetened tea as much as you can.
Do you want to have more energy at work? Then, tune in tomorrow for nutrition sins #7-9 and for additional tips on how to eat healthier!
Thanks for reading!
-College Speaker and President of Idealize EnterprisesHealth and Fitness, Peak Performance