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7 Ways To Avoid The 3pm Slump And Thrive At Work

Are you only too familiar with the 3pm slump? If you’re a professional working in London or another city, living the corporate lifestyle, you might be happy to hear you are not alone. In this article, you’ll discover 7 ways to avoid the 3pm slump.

Before I worked in the health and wellness industry, I worked in commercial real estate investment – an obvious transition I hear you say. I would not only suffer from a “food coma” immediately after lunch, but I’d crash again mid-afternoon. I just figured this was normal. I loaded up on tea, coffee, apples and chocolate to wake me up.

Over the last few years, I’ve become obsessed with what provides for us to function in a peak state. A quick intro on me: I wrote The Vitality Secret: Defy Disease, Combat Common Illnesses & Stay Young. I’ll tell you now what the secret is: reverse inflammation in your body and you can reverse so many illnesses we grow to accept as part of life, avoid most chronic diseases and age more gracefully! Quite a claim you must be thinking. Bear with me. There’s a bear with me.

If you’re not familiar with what inflammation is, putting it simply, it’s your immune system’s reaction to what it perceives as an attack on it. It’s as if your immune system is under attack – all the time. Certain “foods” we eat consistently, cause this to happen and we have very little idea it’s happening, unless we listen to our body and understand what symptoms are telling us. (Acute inflammation is something different – this is when your body does all it can to repair a wound or injury, and then it’s hopefully put in past).

I’m also a health coach and support people to reverse inflammation, enabling my clients to rid their bodies of aches and pains, skin breakouts, breathing problems, digestive problems, excess body fat and more. They’ve also healed their bodies of a variety of conditions including pre-diabetes, type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol levels, arthritis and more.

Why am I telling you this? An amazing side effect of all of this is their ENERGY skyrockets! NO MORE 3PM SLUMP! They have consistently high energy levels – no more roller-coasting.

The food we eat has a lot to do with our brain function. Little did I know that my previous “healthy” diet, was pretty much guaranteeing this 3pm slump and more symptoms from which I used to suffer, like eczema flare ups, spots, a blotchy face and excess belly fat.

7 Quick Tips To Avoid The 3pm Slump

1)  Avoid sugar spiking – what this means is to avoid foods that cause your blood sugar to spike – high glycaemic carbohydrates including potatoes and wheat. When your blood sugars spike, a slump always follows. This is the crash after a heavy carb-loaded meal.

2)  Fat IS your friend. Controversial I hear you say. I’m not talking fried foods, trans fats and MacDonalds. I’m talking truly healthy fats – avocados, coconut oil (despite the latest BS news about coconut oil being bad for you), olive oil, nuts, eggs (if you are ok with them), fatty fish like wild-caught salmon and mackerel. Your brain LOVES fat! And so does every other cell in your body. The low fat craze in the early 80s is what triggered the obesity and type-2 diabetes epidemic. And processed foods, fast food and high sugar sugar drinks of course. Fat was replaced with sugar. Sugar spikes insulin, your fat storing hormone, and the world got fat. In a nutshell. People also started feasting on “low fat” and “low calorie” foods such as breads and pastas which spike your blood sugars, triggering insulin (fat storing hormone), insulin resistance, inflammation and….of course food coma.

3)  Go gluten-free for 7 days and see how different you feel – not only does gluten spike your blood sugars, the modern wheat grain triggers inflammation and insulin resistance.

4)  Stay hydrated. Next time you’re tired, drink a pint of water instead of reaching immediately for caffeine. More often than not, your brain needs hydrating. You’ll feel it instantly.

5)  Load up on vegetables at lunchtime – for example, a large salad with a huge variety of vegetables. These provide the micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) that your body and immune system requires at the cellular level. Leave the bread alone. Feed it to the birds. Their digestive systems love grains.

6)  Breathe. Most of us are not breathing properly and oxygen is the #1 fuel our cells require to thrive. If we’re sat at desks all day long, we shallow breathe – meaning using only the top 1/3 section of our lungs. Set your alarm to deep breathe every 30-40 mins and you’ll be amazed at how fast your brain responds. Move, leave the office and walk at lunch. Stretch and breathe. Do some yoga stretches – and make sure everyone in the office sees you.

7)  Finally, watch this video which reveals why you may wish to avoid cow’s milk – unless you’re a baby cow.

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