Nicole Brown –Blackdoctor.org
Sure. There is such thing as “the itis.” You know, it’s that overwhelmingly exhausted feeling you get after letting your eyes tell you it was OK to eat way more food than your stomach was ready for.
But that’s different from the exhaustion you may regularly feel because of your diet. Yes, it’s possible that your diet – even if you are sure to eat healthier foods – can play a role in the tiredness you feel day to day.
Here is a list of foods that are leaving you lethargic and beyond tired:
1. Fat-free flavored yogurt
Listen. There’s more sugar in a 6-oz container of fat-free yogurt than you think – try 35 g of sugar. It’s better to eat a plain Greek yogurt with your favorite berries on top than anything else.
2. Red wine
We all love it. It’s hard to let go. But alcohol is dehydrating which can lead to exhaustion and less focus. If you must have the wine, try drinking it during the day. The nightcap, which we all love, only lessens your sleep time overnight though it may help you fall asleep faster.
There’s nothing but sugar in those instant oatmeal packages. That sugar will make you sleepy about an hour later. Opt for the plain oatmeal and top it with nuts or chia seeds. These fixings add energy instead of sucking the energy away.
That morning cup of java is everyone’s pick-me-up. If you must have coffee, try drinking it between 10 a.m. and noon. It works better as an energy boost at that time than after 3 p.m. – which could lead to loss hours of sleep during the nighttime.
5. Energy bars
We assume that the word “energy” means these bars are right up our alley for boosts. But the added sweeteners take away whatever energy was packed into the bar. Make sure you grab the energy bars made from real food with good amounts of fiber and protein.