Coffee and a muffin can do more harm than good
The typical mid-day snack in North America can do more harm than good — coffee and a muffin, donut, cookie, scone, or a chocolate bar.
We tend to choose this type of food because our energy is falling and a coffee (stimulant) with a sweet (sugar) seems like the right choice to quickly boost energy levels.
When your energy drops after eating sugar-rich, highly-processed carbohydrates (often full of trans fatty acids and devoid of vitamins and minerals), you feel hungrier than before, you may overeat to quench your hunger and to increase blood sugar levels, and finally you might choose an unhealthy meal.
Eating a healthy, balanced, nutrient-dense snack mid-morning, mid-afternoon, and possibly before bed, will keep you energized and satisfied between meals.
Your insulin levels will be stable, you won’t feel tired or have trouble focusing, and you will have provided your body with the nutrients it needs to remain healthy. [Read more...]