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Do you feel low of energy after you eat your morning breakfast? If so, try just eating a piece of whole wheat toast with a glass of orange juice. You will feel so great. Then wait about 30 minutes, and eat your cereal, whole grain. You will notice a big difference in how you feel. Eating cereal first sometimes makes your blood sugars go up and slow you down in the morning. If you like cereal, try eating a bowl before going to bed. It works great at night.
By Karen from MO
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Although I eat a healthy diet and exercise most days, I find myself eating hard candies all day, not because I am hungry, but more to give me an energy lift. I have a busy life and can't really cut back. Has any one got any tips for a supplement or something that has helped them cope with a similar problem?
By happy ending
I take a sustained release B complex supplement. I'm giving a link so you can see what I'm talking about:
I think it does help. By the end of the day I'm still tired, but I don't get that exhausted feeling in the afternoon. But FYI, it changes the color of your pee! I didn't expect that. :-)
Are you eating a big enough breakfast? A pretty good size breakfast can take you through until afternoon with hardly a thought. More than you'd think: bread or toast/egg or cheese/cereal or yogurt/glass of milk, maybe a few seed/nuts on cereal/yogurt. Fruit.
I don't eat like that every day, just when I get hungry more than usual for the day but then I don't even think about food.
You might be experiencing low blood sugar, or chronic fatigue. Make an appointment with your doctor. I get tired very easily since I'm now in my 60's. I have bouts with my chronic fatigue, so it's a little of both, my age and chronic fatigue.
Stop eating the hard candy. It is one factor that is making you tired. Candy is not a source of energy. Also it will cause you dental problems as well.
Sugar gives you a quick energy boost then your sugar level drops and you need another to feel that boost. You are in a cycle of wanting that boost. Agree with the breakfast advice make a sensible breakfast and drop the hard candy.
I was on a crazy diet once where I ate 100 calories every hour for 12 hours. The idea was that it would keep your metabolism burning all day. Well, what I did find out was that my energy level never dipped during the day.
I would suggest eating smaller meals throughout the day as opposed to 3 large meals. As well as healthy snacks like everyone else mentioned. I keep a container of almonds and granola bars in my car at so I can eat them when I'm feeling tired or hungy.
Please stop eating the candy (and other processed sugar) and eat fresh fruits and veggies at the time you usually pop those candies in your mouth instead because they will boost your energy in a natural and healthy way! The refined sugar that gives you a huge boost also then causes your normal food digestion function to slow way down and store body fats rather than burning the fats and that's why you're feeling tired and sluggish.
You're allowing your body to work on a sugar-rush. Leave the candies alone. Sugar is poison to a person's body. Did you know that cancer cells (which we all have, btw) thrive on sugar? I suggest you take vitamin B-12 for energy instead. If you need something sweet, try some fruit!
Green tea or black tea or oolong will give you a sustained boost without a lot of caffeine as well as keep you calm so you can concentrate. Lots of good flavors out there. Swanson Vitamins has some natural energy boosting products that really work. Good vitamins do a lot to making us feel like we can go ahead at our best.
Sugar is a bad way to go hard on so many systems and adrenols...plus your teeth! But even allergies or asthma can make one exhausted! I got rid of 90% mine, and I have lots of energy now and I'm in my 50's.
Getting enough protein, too!
I hope this helps. If you don't seem to feel better, you might want to have a physical as suggested.
Hope you get better!
(PS there is a book written by a Nursing instructor at a college called "When Your Body has the Blues" which deals with supplements and light and women.)
Try vitamin B12 tabs I take 2 every morning and have been feeling energy and no more sluggish
days. I really know these worked for me and my doctor was happy.
Are you sure you want to do all the tasks you are setting yourself each day? People hire Life Coaches who tell them to stop doing things. You could save yourself the expense of a Life Coach and stop doing whatever is dragging you down.
Hope you find the answer to your problem.
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I wondered if anyone knew of anything that would boost up my energy level? I am just starting a diet and would love to be more active, but have no energy at all. I do take a multi-vitamin, but that doesn't seem to help. I had blood work done and everything was fine. I just wondered if anyone had any ideas on what I can do about it.
Katie from PA
I would recommend B Complex. It has done wonders for me. I also take a daily iron supplement which also helps my energy level. Below is a list of conditions that B complex has shown to be beneficial for:
Anxiety and stress
Poor hair condition
Vitamin B-1 is important to your body's health. It can have pretty severe effects on your nervous system, heart, brain, cellular health and energy levels to name a few problem areas affected by a deficiency of B-1.
I have chronic fatigue syndrome. Some experts recommend drinking water because fatigue can be a symptom of dehydration.
Also, I would recommend verifying that your sleep is refreshing and rejuvenating. If you snore, you have sleep apnea and need to see a sleep specialist.
Best of luck. (04/19/2006)
By Carol from PA
If you used to eat a lot of sugary food, the lack of energy could be a form of withdrawal. Your body has to adjust. (04/19/2006)
By Cheryl from Missouri
Try getting up 15 minutes earlier and using the time to exercise. Works wonders for me! (04/19/2006)
Katie, get rid of processed and junk and steer towards whole foods such as fruits and veggies. Start your morning off with a glass of water and fresh lemon. There are lots of suggestions but know that what you eat plays such a big role in how you will feel.
You can get all the vitamins and energy you need by eating the right foods. Fresh and uncooked as much as possible to prevent enzyme loss. I have helped myself through CFIS to heart disease by putting only natural things into my body. Best of luck to you! (04/19/2006)
Begin by walking 1 minute. If you can do more add a minute or two or ten. Just the act of exercise will release chemicals that make you less lethargic
If you really want to get serious go to coolrunning.com for a plan that will help you eventually run! Worked for us! and now we run 2-3 nights a week (7 year olds and late 40-ish moms, one of whom is 50 lbs over weight!) (04/20/2006)
You might try a b12 supplement also. (04/20/2006)
Katie, In addition to your multiple vitamin use a sub-lingual B12 vitamin. B12 is better absorbed under the tongue. (04/20/2006)
Katie I take a vitamin called Life's Fortune.It has all your wholegrain food extracts and minerals. It will give you more energy. I love it and everyone I give one too goes out and buys a bottle.It can only be found in health food stores. (11/03/2006)