Do You Do a Disappearing Act at 3 p.m.?

coffeeDo you run out for coffee, tea or chocolate at 3 p.m.?  Can you imagine what your boss thinks when she looks out and sees either zombies or empty seats? Imagine if you were the one still there and bright eyed. Which employee would you want to keep?

A better lunch and a little exercise on your break can help ward off your fatigue. Foods that are heavy, fried, or fake will have you crashing two hours later. Grilled chicken on whole wheat bread and a side salad will power you up without leaving you sluggish.

If you do need a boost make it something that won’t leave you with another energy slump.  If you are reaching for a large coffee go for a green tea instead. Caffeine causes spikes and drops in blood sugar which causes the lift and the subsequent crash and leads to both mood swings and irritability.  Skip the sugar and use a natural sweetener such as honey or stevia to minimize any further sugar lows.

I think a better option is to take a  10-20 minute walk at lunch.  The walk will clear the cobwebs from your brain and the exercise will get the blood flowing.  You’ll feel refreshed and energized without experiencing a crash later on.  And you’ll have gotten in some  exercise.  If you do that two or three times more during the day you’ve hit the recommended 30 – 40 minutes.

Another option is to have a green juice or smoothie.  If you are new to green drinks I’d recommend starting with ones that are more fruit and have some greens added in.  The fruit will make it sweet and delicious and the leafy greens are full of nutrients and are powerhouses for our bodies.  They purify the blood, strengthen the immune system and improve circulation.   I also find they help curb my cravings, after drinking one I’m not looking for snacks or sweets.

A final thought:  You could just be slightly dehydrated.  Try drinking a glass of water and waiting 10 minutes to see how you feel.

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