Right foods can balance blood sugar, energize for whole day

by | Mar 5, 2015 | Life

Nadia Monaco
Life Reporter

The Tim Horton’s line on campus could be shorter if students began eating healthier instead of drinking coffee to stay awake.

Coffee and energy drinks may provide an instant energy boost but experts say it is possible to stay awake and feel revitalized by drinking enough water and eating the right foods.

Holistic nutritionist Mirna Sharafeddine said drinking water is number one on the list for staying energized.

Sharafeddine said eating fruits and vegetables that have higher water content, such as cucumbers and watermelon, are great options as well.

She said balancing blood sugar levels are key to maintaining a good energy level.

“This starts in the morning…with breakfast that has a good source of protein, anything from eggs to hemp seeds,” Sharafeddine said.

Kristi Waddell, 23, a student at Humber College in the child and youth worker program understands the importance of drinking water to keep the body functioning properly.

She said she drinks a minimum of three litres of water per day.

Waddell said she is conscious of what she eats and makes sure to get the right balance of fruits, vegetables, protein, and grain products.

“I make sure to get a minimum of seven hours of sleep per night in order to stay energized throughout the day,” said Waddell. “I also try to get a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise a day.”

She admits to enjoying her coffee in the morning to get her day going but will only have one to two cups throughout the day and does not drink energy drinks.

Sharafeddine said eating food with high fibre like sweet potatoes and cherries helps maintain good energy levels. Also high vitamin B foods such as quinoa, beans and legumes.

People need to nourish the brain and nervous system with healthy fats like Omega 3s, such as avocados, almonds, olive oils and coconut oil, Sharafeddine said.

Sharafeddine recommends eating foods with probiotics, such as yogurt, to support digestion as well as foods that support the liver in order to metabolize the nutrients put into the body. Liver supporting foods would be ginger, artichoke, and dark leafy greens.

Catherine Devos, a holistic nutritionist, believes green smoothies are a fantastic way to keep the body energized.

“It sets you off with energy for the whole day,” Devos said.