ENERGY FOOD FOR TIRED PARENTS
Jun 30, 2017
I will defend to the death a parent's right to eat sugar - there are some days when I would not make it through the day without regular doses of cake to give me energy. Sugar and caffeine, however, are not the best ways to stay alert and energised. On those days when I can manage it these are things that help me bounce through the day: The basics - dehydration and low iron levels are two of the most common causes of fatigue, especially in women. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day and take a gentle iron supplement like Spatone to keep you on top. Bulletproof coffee - the right kinds of fat are good for you and feed your brain. Whatever you may think of the bulletproof diet I and many of my fellow working mums have road-tested this coffee recipe and found it keeps us sharp, even after a night of broken sleep. It is also delicious. Apples - these contain natural sugars which give you a quick and sustained energy boost. B Vitamins - yoghurt, whole grains and sunflower seeds all contain useful amounts of B vitamins which will boost your energy levels. Time your food groups - some people find that carbohydrates make them sleepy so if this is you try eating mainly protein and vegetables during the day and keep the carbohydrates like rice and pasta to the afternoons and evenings. Also try adding sweet potato and plantain to your carbohydrate mix. Eat a sensible diet and avoid sugar - everyone is different but as a general rule follow the eatwell plate and you won't go far wrong. Sugar may give you a quick energy fix but you will soon come tumbling down and need to reach for more. Whatever you do, be kind to yourself. It is so easy to fall into the trap of beating yourself up about what you put in your mouth. Just make a couple of little changes (like drinking more water and having healthy snacks around) and feel the benefits.