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Whenever I give talks or workshops and mention the mid-afternoon slump, there is usually a murmur of understanding, nodding of heads and – especially if in a corporate environment – sudden sharing of how there is a cake/biscuit/chocolate bonding frenzy around the 4pm mark.
This is no mere coincidence; we typically have a blood sugar low at 4pm when our metabolisms shift from a more active daytime tone to start slowing us down to prepare for bed. Clearly modern work patterns don’t quite allow for the go-slow our brains and bodies are signalling, but whilst respecting that a break (or power-nap whenever possible) is natural at this time, there are also ways we can stop this descending into quick-fix sugar and junk fests that we’ll regret later.
If blood sugar levels are tending to fall between lunch and dinner, an energy crash is not only inevitable but it can also cause survival cravings for the quickest way to raise blood sugar. As this is usually sugar or caffeine, it works in the short-term but longer-term can start a pattern of relying on these for a boost. Consider the following nutritional considerations as preparation for energy sustenance throughout the day:
Most importantly treat your body as it is designed; move every hour, get fresh air, sunlight and allow yourself to rest and relax regularly throughout the day. It is unreasonable for your brain to expect your body to simply keep going without recharging. Cravings and quick-fixes are survival mechanisms telling you that your body needs something it is not getting!
Nutritional Therapy is about understanding your body and increasing your sense of vitality, energy and ability to enjoy life. As a Nutritional Therapist I work with you to identify the underlying reasons for any health concerns you may have. Looking at how the body functions as a whole allows me to make connections between what you eat, how you live, your family history and the factors that have influenced your health. We can then find practical and realistic diet and lifestyle changes to build on at the right pace for you; at the same time meeting your needs, personal tastes and budget.
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