Lunch Lethargy: Three Ways to Avoid It

At some point in their life, everyone has dealt with a case of lunch lethargy following eating their afternoon meal. Fatigue, lack of energy and decreasing attention spans are just some of the results of lunch lethargy.

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So, how do you and your child avoid these after lunch blues? Easy. Follow these three pieces of advice and you can beat that lunchtime lethargy.

1. Eat a light lunch (this is especially important for children). Avoid high calories, high carbohydrate lunches and instead opt for a lunch with a good mix of proteins, carbohydrates and minimal fats. When you eat a large lunch, too much energy is being diverted to digesting that lunch which adds to the overall lethargic feeling associated with overeating.

2. Take into consideration which foods you eat and in what order you eat them. Choose to eat your proteins first and then your carbohydrates second because of the affect these components have on your brain and the neurotransmitters in your brain.

3. Plan your lunch ahead of time. Planning what you and your child will eat ahead of time will deter you from making hasty and quick decisions for your mid-day meal. Adults can pack lunches for their child or they can have an input into suggesting healthier school lunches for their child.

By putting these simple tips into practice when it comes to lunch, lunch lethargy will be a thing of the past for both you and your growing child.

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