How to avoid the post-lunch energy dip

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Afternoon fatigue is a common complaint. One of the most common causes is post-lunch blood sugar dips, related to your inability to effectively burn fat. By switching your body over from primarily burning carbs to primarily burning fats for fuel or becoming “fat adapted,” you virtually eliminate such drops in energy levels. You can do this by replacing carbs from grains with carbs from vegetables and using healthy oils such as olive oil and coconut oil. Exercising in a fasting state is one of the most effective ways to encourage your body to change from burning carbs to burning fat, thereby boosting your mental and physical stamina. An example of this would be to miss breakfast and workout in the morning and having a good lunch. Working out in the middle of the day can give you an energy boost lasting three to four hours. If you prefer exercising in the evenings, it’s best to avoid working out two to three hours before bedtime to avoid sleep disruption.



Fleur Borrelli PG Dip cPNI, BSc Nut Med, psycho-neuro-immunologist and nutritional therapist is one of the Uk’s first psycho-neuro-immunology clinicians. Psycho-neuro-immunology is a multi layered approach to natural medicine, which looks at recovering the (biochemical, immunological, emotional, etc…) pathways to optimal health. It is based on the latest developments in the fields od psychology, neurology, endocrinology, immunology, evolutionary biology and epigenetic – all underpinned by nutritional medicine, exercise and psychosocial techniques.

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