How many of you have felt sluggish at various times throughout the day? I bet you ran straight for the coffee or something filled with sugar for a pick-me-up. Don't worry, you're not suffering from a caffeine deficiency. You may be dragging because of the foods you eat.
Carbohydrates are the energy sources of the body. Our body breaks these foods down into glucose for fuel. It's vitally important to understand what types of carbohydrates you are eating.
Carbohydrates are measured according to the glycemic index. High glycemic foods are those that are more refined and simple. Examples are table sugar, pastas, and breads.
These foods tend to give you a sudden surge in energy that lasts for a very short time, but this tends to lead to what we call hypoglycemia or low blood sugar. This is where we get that tired and sluggish feeling.
Low glycemic foods are those that are more complex in nature. Examples include fruits, various vegetables, and sweet potatoes. These foods cause our blood sugar to go up slowly and plateau over an extended period of time and slowly make their way back down.
The ideal situation is to keep your blood sugar as stable as possible throughout your day, and in the event that you require a pick-me-up, it can be satisfied with something natural, like an orange or an apple.
The best rule of thumb is to avoid or limit foods that are white and colorless. Examples are flour, sugar, and potatoes.
The percentage of the diet that should come from carbohydrates has been reported anywhere from 40 percent to 55 percent of your total calories.
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