Being a struggling coffee addict, I’ve been searching for a way to naturally energize for years. So imagine my excitement when I found out that dietician Krista Yoder Latortue was scheduled to appear at this year’s Be Well Boot Camp to talk about tips for keeping energy levels sky high all day long. To give you a little sneak peak, I chatted with Krista about some of her favorite tricks for turbo boosting energy.
Check out her tips below, then join Krista and other amazing experts at the “Have More Energy” panel at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Boot Camp. See you on June 8th!
What’s your favorite trick for a quick energy boost?
Nutrition has a big impact on energy levels. Pairing protein-rich foods with complex carbs (think oatmeal, brown rice) results in the greatest energy boost you can get from food. There isn’t really a specific nutrient to look out for, but the protein/carb combo is key.
What is one unexpected thing that can cause fatigue?
It’s easy to get busy during the day and forget to drink water, but believe it or not, being dehydrated can cause fatigue. If you don’t like water, try adding sugar-free flavor packets or a slice of lemon, or drink hot tea.
What do you recommend to prevent a midday crash?
Time your meals and snacks to align with your metabolism. Metabolism runs on a four-hour cycle. So to keep it running optimally, never go longer than four hours without eating during the day.
What recommendations do you have for coffee addicts?
While there are positives and negatives to drinking coffee, don’t forget to incorporate water into your day in the form of ice water, lemon water, or hot tea for adequate hydration.
What is one common misconception about staying energized throughout the day?
True energy to fuel your day comes mostly from food rather than liquids!
Be Well Boot Camp is Philadelphia magazine’s and Be Well Philly’s annual girls’ day out for health and wellness. Boot Camp is on June 8th at the Drexel Recreation Center in University City. Tickets are $25 (or you can buy three and get one free!), and include all fitness classes, panel discussions, demos and more, as well as breakfast and lunch.