By Marlo Sollitto, AgingCare.com contributing editor
Fatigue is a common complaint among caregivers. The stress of a hectic lifestyle, giving so much to others and not taking care of yourself as well as you should manifests in physical, mental or emotional overexertion.
One key to keeping energy levels high all day is maintaining a good diet. After all, you are what you eat! The foods you choose to eat have a critical impact on how energetic you feel. But beware. That morning cup of coffee (or two…or three) or that candy bar for a mid-morning snack may give you a temporary burst of energy, but the crash afterward leaves you feeling even more tired, fatigued and lethargic.
The trick is to choose foods that release energy more slowly and give you a gradual boost of long-lasting energy. Stay away from high-glycemic foods that deliver an immediate, short-lived boost but leave you feeling sluggish and tired.
How do caregivers ensure they get the nutrition they need to keep up with their busy lifestyle, with energy throughout the day?