Keeping up that sparkle for the Christmas season!

The Christmas party season can be tiring, but many people are unaware that if they are feeling tired it might be because of something they are, or are not, eating. If you are feeling constantly tired it is important to talk to your GP to ensure there is no underlying cause. But you can also check your diet to make sure it doesn’t include any ‘energy robbers’, such as the following:

Caffeine in coffee, teas, and many soft drinks has the effect of boosting our energy; however this is usually followed by a drop in energy. By restricting these drinks, or making coffee and teas less strong, you can help keep the balance in your day.

Sweets and refined carbohydrates such as white bread and cereals can give you what some people describe as a sugar rush; however they are often followed by a slump a few hours later. It is better to go for wholegrain bread and fruits which will be broken down more slowly and give a steady release of energy into the bloodstream.

Not being very active can surprisingly be quite draining. The fitter you are, the more energy you will feel you have, so it is important to get out for a walk or do some activity most days – it’s also good for your mental health! A healthy body that is active will mean you feel full of energy and ready for all that life throws at you.

We are coming into one of the busiest times of the year so it’s best to be prepared and be on top form. Watch out to ensure that nothing in your everyday diet is working against your energy levels.

By Cara Cunningham, community dietitian. For more information on diet and nutrition, please contact the Community Nutrition and Dietetic Service, HSE Dublin-Mid Leinster on (044 ) 9395518 or email [email protected].

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