Get a Rush By Eating Right
Eat smaller meals: Avoid chowing down on large, heavy meals, which causes an increase in blood glucose levels, making you tired and foggy-headed—not unlike the way you feel after stuffing yourself with food on Thanksgiving. Try limiting your portions at mealtime, and if you get hungry between meals, add in a healthy snack.
Pile your plate with protein and helpful carbohydrates: There nutrients help stabilize blood sugar, so your energy levels won't dip throughout the day. The lean protein, fiber and healthful carbohydrates keep hunger at bay between regular meals, so you're less tempted to reach for fattening fare that causes energy-draining spikes and drops in blood sugar. Try smearing some peanut-butter on a whole-grain waffle at breakfast, or dine on tuna or salmon for dinner.
Snack smart: Feeling sluggish in the midafternoon? Spoon up a bowl of whole-grain cereal with nonfat milk and a few banana slices. All three foods are high in B vitamins, which your body uses to make energy.
Opt for a fruit drink at night: Tart cherry juice is a natural source of melatonin, which helps us nod off. Bananas are high in magnesium, known for its calming affect. Blended together, they make a delicious nighttime smoothie. Simply combine 1 cup tart cherry juice, 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup soy milk or nonfat milk, 5 ice cubes and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract. Sip at least an hour and a half before bed.