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Here are some tips for keeping your
energy levels up.
Strategic snacking can be a good way to
smooth out dips in your energy level and
avoid hunger cravings that can lead you
to overeat. Go ahead and snack—just
be as choosey in your snack selection as
you are in meal planning. Grab an Energy Bar Don’t fall for the fiction that all so-called “energy bars” are unpalatable but good for you. A lot of energy bars are filled with chemicals and with sugar, so read labels, and look for high fiber, high protein, and limited carbs. Pick-Me-Up Snacks Nuts such as almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, and hazelnuts are among the best choices for healthy, pick-me-up snacks, nutritionists say. Stay Hydrated Even slight dehydration can leave you tired and lethargic. The answer is, of course, to drink plenty of water. If the taste of plain water doesn’t excite you, consider some of the flavored varieties, keeping in mind that loads of extra sugar should be avoided. Get Your Beauty Sleep The number one myth about sleep is that you can get by on six hours a night, but the further away you deviate from getting eight hours sleep a night—and some people get too much, not too little—the greater the risk of cardiovascular disease, depression, obesity, and a host of other maladies. Avoid Caffeine, Get to Sleep Caffeine is a great pick-me-up first thing in the morning, but it has a six- to seven-hour “half-life,” meaning that half the caffeine in that cup of coffee you consumed to ward off the 3:00 p.m. doldrums will still be lingering in your bloodstream after the 10:00 p.m. news. Rebecca Jones is a Denver-based freelance writer.