By Adeline Duvergé
Whether you’re an early bird or night owl, you can maintain a high level of energy all day by eating the right foods at the right foods at the right times.
How Power Eating Works
Protein foods, such as meats, fish, poultry, dairy products, beans and eggs, contain the amino acid tyrosine. This stimulates the brain to produce norepinephrine and dopamine, two alterness chemicals. When eaten alone or with Carbohydrates such as breads, cereal products, fruits and vegetables, protein foods boost mental alertness and energy.
Never start a meal with a carbohydrate if you plan to work after the meal, because it may trigger drowsiness.
Reason: Carbohydrates contain the amino acids tryptophan, which triggers production of serotonin, a calming chemical.
Foods That Energize
All low-fat protein foods produce quick modifying and energy-boosting results. For most people, three to four ounces of the following work well.. Low-fat, low-carbohydrates foods, such as shellfish, fish, chicken (without the skin), veal, extra-lean beef, beans and legumes. Also good: Low-fat cottage cheese, yogurt, milk, or tofu.
What to Eat
The body’s biological clock plays a big part in how food energizes us. This clock causes us. This clock causes us to feel the most energetic and the least stressed during the six hours after awakening.
The key maintaining high performance level is to eat foods that are energizing when biological rhythms are beginnings to slow down. Meal guidelines….
Breakfast. A nutritious breakfast or a snack before noon keeps you from overeating at lunchtime.
Lunch. Your midday meal will either sustain your morning alertness or accelate the drop in your energy level.
Dinner. Your evening meal comes at a time when your biological rhythms are telling your body to shut down. To stay alert for evening projects, eat high-protein, low-carbohydrate foods.
Also see Cucumbers: the juicy vegetable