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Eat Your Way to a More Energetic You

Have you ever resolved to start eating healthy but eventually given up because didn’t know where to start? You’re not alone.

Expert nutritional advice seems as fickle as Central Texas weather. The good news is that if you don’t like what you’re hearing, give it a few years and it’ll change.

Three decades ago, Congress issued the first dietary guidelines and pinned America’s obesity epidemic squarely on fat. “Big food” responded with low-fat versions of chips, cereal, crackers and other household staples.

Unfortunately, when you remove fat from food, you often sacrifice taste. To make low-fat items palatable, manufacturers bumped the sugar content, which only facilitated our plunge toward obesity.

Today, many experts have redirected their efforts toward warning the public about the ill effects of excess sugar. The food companies have predictably introduced a range of sugar substitutes that promise to satisfy our sweet tooth while keeping us trim, fit and swimsuit-ready.

Given the veritable buffet of nutritional advice and fad diets, it can be difficult for even the most well-intentioned of us to know exactly what constitutes a healthy diet. What we do know is that the food we choose affects our body’s performance, including its ability to fight fatigue. Here are a handful of time-tested tips for eating your way to a more energetic you:

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This is the second in a series of four posts showing how a commitment to wellness can help workers manage fatigue. If you missed our first post, click here to read it. In our next post, we’ll share tips for working exercise into your daily grind.

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A balanced diet includes sensible portions of the five primary food groups.