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1. Simple Carbohydrates and Sugars
Found in processed foods like candy, table sugar and soft drinks, simple carbs spike your blood sugar and then cause it to plummet, putting a strain on energy levels. While simple carbs are also naturally found in foods such as milk and fruit, these foods also contain fat or fiber to help keep blood sugar levels on an even keel – unlike the simple carbs in processed or refined foods.
2. Bagels, Cereal and Muffins
You might think that these items are safe if you’re choosing whole-wheat or multigrain, but some brands still contain some refined grains, sugar or high-fructose corn syrup. Look for 100% whole-wheat options without added sugar or preservatives. Also try to eat grains “intact” when possible, which means eating the whole grains themselves (oats, wheat berries or quinoa) instead of their flour forms as they are better for blood sugar balance.
See alsoGuide to Whole Grains.
3. Poor Beverage Choices
In addition to soda, other drinks that can steal energy include alcohol, energy drinks (isn’t that ironic!) and flavored coffee drinks (because of the high sugar). Excess alcohol at night can also disrupt sleep patterns.
4. Processed and Fast Foods
These foods contain refined carbs, unhealthy fats and added sugar, which is a trifecta of doom when it comes to energy.
5. The Wrong Fats
Trans fats and processed vegetable oils such as corn and soy oil can contribute to inflammation and to illnesses that sap energy including many heart conditions.