We all tend to feel that afternoon slump and start reaching for the pack of chocolate biscuits or packet of crisps but these sugary snacks can be so under-satisfying. The peak in sugar levels will give you an instant high but by 4pm you’ll more than likely want to curl up into a ball and snooze the afternoon away. Instead why not use some of our Skinny Boo Tips to keep you going all the way to bedtime.
- Keep Hydrated.
Most people don’t realise dehydration is one of the leading causes of afternoon fatigue. Make sure you’re drinking at least 2 litres of water a day, especially after lunch. If you don’t like drinking water try adding fruit for a little flavour and keep a bottle on your desk at work or with you in your handbag if you’re out and about to remind you to drink (we know how easy it is to forget!)
- Curb The Carbs At Lunch.
White bread, pasta and wraps at lunch time will cause an immediate blood sugar surge followed by that infamous carb coma leaving you feeling bloated and sleepy. To keep your energy levels high choose a lunch that combines protein, fibre and good fats like a tuna nicoise salad, bean salad or a grilled chicken and vegetable rice. These combinations will give you a slow release of energy all afternoon.
- Drink Tea!
We’re not talking about having your standard cuppa mixed with milk and sugar. We are suggesting having a cup of Skinny Boo Detox Tea or another herbal infused tea. Your teatox will give you your much needed energy boost to get you through you afternoon of productiveness.
- Get In Motion.
Remember you’re not physically chained to your desk, so stretch your legs! Short bursts of exercise can re-energise your body and will keep your mind active resulting in an increase in productivity. So get up and go for a walk, do some star jumps even walking around the shops on your lunch break will help. Analysis found proof that regular exercise plays a significant role in increasing energy levels and reducing fatigue.
- Eat Your Nutrients.
Eating more vitamins and minerals will produce more energy so up your daily intake of fruit and veg. A great tip is to chop your favourite fruit into edible chunks and put into a container and keep on your desk or in your handbag on the go so you can easily snack on some healthy fruit throughout the day.
- Cut the sugar.
Reaching for something high in sugar will leave you even lower later in the day, instead keep your blood sugar levels stable with a low-sugar snack like a natural yogurt with honey, hummus with chopped carrots or a handful of unsalted/unsweetened nuts or dark chocolate can help pick you up from that afternoon slump.