Anyone who has a depressive disorder knows the agony of bone-deep, stuck-in-molasses, ever relentless fatigue. Day in and day out, dragging yourself around with that hundred pound weight chained to your ankle; barely being able to make it out of bed to use the bathroom let alone eat.
Or maybe your fatigue is not that extreme. Maybe it is more of an annoyance; decreasing your motivation; making everything seem like more of an effort. Either way, there are several foods that actually increase sleepiness that you may want to avoid during the day.
6 Foods to Avoid To Fight Daytime Fatigue
- Bananas because they are high in magnesium – a muscle relaxant that will make you tired
- Red meat because a lot of energy goes into digesting its high fat content, thereby making you feel tired
- Cherries because they are high in melatonin, a natural sleep aid
- White bread, including pastries, white rice, pasta, muffins, and processed foods because all of the flour and sugar in them causes drowsiness, and their lack of fiber causes them to break down too quickly to offer a constant flow of energy
- Fish like salmon, halibut, and tuna because the body uses the Vitamin B6 in them to make melatonin (the sleep hormone)
- Turkey because it is high in tryptophan, which is an amino acid that increases serotonin levels, a relaxing brain neurotransmitter
These foods shouldn’t be avoided all together. Consuming them in the evening just might be a better idea.
Another way to combat fatigue is to maintain a healthy weight, which is something I struggle with. I’d be happy to lose about 15 pounds. I’d be ecstatic to lose 20. Something that came across my mailbox today caught my attention, and I wanted to pass it along because its suggestions for weight loss are, in general, I think, good for overall mental health, too.
7 Ayurvedic Secrets for Weight Loss
Ayurvedic Medicine is one of the world’s oldest medical systems, originating in India more than three thousand years ago. The idea behind these “secrets” is that as you become healthier over all, the weight will naturally come off.
- Sleep from 10pm to 6am every night
- Exercise for 45-60 minutes vigorously, sometime between 6-10am each morning
- No snacking; three meals a day only
- Include all six tastes at each meal (sweet, sour, salt, spice, bitter, astringent. See resource link below for food examples.)
- Eat your largest meal at noon; finish your last meal 2-3 hours before bed
- Sip hot water or tea throughout the day
- Practice meditation
I think I could do some of these. I am darn close to a few – sleeping from 11pm-6:30am already; having only one snack, at night after dinner, which I am planning on cutting out starting tonight. I do hot coffee throughout the day, does that count? I practice meditation, but not regularly. Could easily change that. Largest meal at noon won’t happen because family dinner is in the evening. However, by cutting out the nighttime snack I will have finished my last meal well before the three hour mark before bed.
I think including all six tastes at each meal will be a huge challenge because I eat so little for breakfast and lunch. Literally, for breakfast I have a bowl of Cheerios. That is a sweet food, according to the list. This morning, however, I did have a swallow of citrus juice, which is a sour taste, and I do have my coffee every morning, which is a bitter taste. I could have popped a few grapes in my mouth for an astringent taste. Maybe this will be easier than I thought. The hard one is the exercising. I have a huge aversion to it. Sigh. Baby steps.
What do you think of these secrets? If you try them and they help you lose weight or just make you feel better, let me know.