After a delicious lunch, we often feel drowsy. This dip after lunch is known as afternoon apathy syndrome. This is why in Spain, people take siestas or afternoon naps. To make sure that you stay energetic even after lunch, you need to make sure that you take proper care of your body as well as eat a healthy diet to fuel your body for the rest of the day. Inadequate sleep also plays a major role in post-lunch afternoon dips.
Let us take a look at the 10 ways by which you can fight off drowsy feeling and stay focused and energetic even after lunch:
1. Always eat a good breakfast
Have you heard of the saying, ‘Breakfast is the most important meal of the day’? Well, whoever said it knew what they were talking about. Eating a healthy breakfast is important as it keeps your body fueled with nutrients and you also feel less tempted to eat unhealthy foods during lunch time. You stay physically and mentally fit all day.
2. Watch your lunch diet
What you have on your lunch menu makes a huge difference on how drowsy you feel after as it impacts the levels of your energy during afternoon. Opt for fresh and light foods rather than junk or fast food. Junk foods contain sugar, fats, flavor enhancers and preservatives which taste great but do nothing for your body as a fuel.
3. Eat small meals
Instead of gorging yourself in one sitting for lunch, eat small portions throughout the day. This way, you do not feel too full yet your body gets all the nutrients it needs to keep you going for the rest of the day. Rather than ordering pasta, get a small sandwich of your liking made out of whole wheat and maybe, a cup of yogurt that is low fat. It will make a huge difference on how you feel after lunch.
4. Make lunch high-protein and low-carb
When you eat a lunch that is high on carbs, insulin fills your body to process all the carbs you just took in and this makes you drowsy. It is best to avoid sugar, white rice, potatoes, pasta, etc. if you want to stay alert post-lunch.
5. Skip the wine
Many of us like a glass of wine with lunch but experts say that it is best to avoid wine, or beer for that matter. Alcohol is a sedative and it is no surprise that you will feel drowsy even if it is just one small glass with lunch.
6. Drop caffeine after lunch
I know that this will take some getting used to especially since a lot of people use it to stay alert. The fact is that when we depend on caffeine too much, we need to keep drinking more as a cup or two becomes ineffective in helping us keep awake and alert.
7. Hydrate yourself with water
Once you have dropped your coffee intake, replenish your body with water and keep yourself hydrated all day. You are likely to feel less drowsy or fatigued when you supply your body with water.
8. Eat healthy snacks
We all tend to feel a little puckish around mid-afternoon. Although it can be tempting to get a bar of chocolate to snack on, think of the effect it will have on you and opt for a cracker, a wholegrain one if possible, or get a fruit like an apple or a banana instead.
9. Exercise after lunch
When I say this, I do not mean head to the gym and have a rigorous workout session. Light exercises like walking around the corner or taking the stairs can do wonders in keeping drowsiness and fatigue at bay due to the fact that light exercises keep your blood flowing.
10. Get enough beauty sleep
It has already been mentioned that sleep plays a major role in afternoon dips. Doesn’t it make sense that if your body does not get enough rest at night, by afternoon the next day, fatigue will set in? You need to make sure that you get enough sleep every night.
When you follow these suggestions, you will find that you have more energy during the day and post-lunch afternoon dips will be a thing of the past. All you need to do is make sure that you sleep well, eat right and take proper care of your body.