The truth is, eating may give us energy in the moment, but that energy never lasts for very long.
And while it may be essential at times—when we’re in danger of falling asleep at the wheel, for example—most of the time we’d be far better off if we just took a nap or did something active to boost our energy.
If you struggle with low energy eating, here are 6 questions you can use to renew your mind (For more questions like these, check out I Deserve a Donut (And Other Lies That Make You Eat):
Low Energy Eating Questions
- Will this food wake you up for the rest of the day, or will it only wake you up for a short time?
- What will happen the rest of the day if you break your boundaries now?
- Is it worth the sacrifice just to be awake for a short time?
- What is it that you need right now?
- What’s the best way to meet that need?
- What can you be thankful for in this situation?
Are People Who Take Naps Lazy?
If you’re the type of person who thinks that only lazy people take naps, here are two other questions you can ask:
- Does taking a nap automatically mean you’re lazy? Why or why not?
- Does refusing to take a nap make you more productive? Why or why not?
The truth is, we’ll be far more energetic if we a) maintain a healthy weight, b) maintain healthy eating and exercise habits, and c) get enough sleep. And sometimes we need a little nap to get enough sleep.
If that’s the case, then taking a nap doesn’t mean we’re lazy. It means we’re smart.
Question: What do you usually do when you’re tired during the day? Do you have any other tips to avoid low energy eating?