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    Eat well

    submitted by MK Plus, Newtown

    You are always in control of what foods you chose to eat and that can make a big difference in your strength to deal with life’s ups and downs.

    Food is fuel and can super-charge your metabolism for increased energy and stamina in the face life’s challenges. Here is a checklist of what you can do to make a difference today.

    Drinks

    Avoid: Sugary drinks and excessive amounts of caffeine. Sugary drinks have empty calories and damage tooth enamel. Caffeine should also be avoided in excess, as it can trigger panic attacks in people who have anxiety disorders.

    Try to: Drink at least eight glasses of water a day (about two liters) to prevent dehydration. Studies show that even mild dehydration can cause fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and mood changes, in addition to physical effects like thirst, decreased or dark urine, dry skin, headache, dizziness and/or constipation.

    Breakfast

    Avoid: Skipping breakfast. Breakfast is needed to fuel your body (including your brain) after going without food during sleep and also jumpstarts your metabolism for the day. Skipping meals leads to fatigue and feelings of “brain fog.”

    Try to: Incorporate a healthy breakfast into your routine. If you’re tight on time in the mornings, grab a whole grain granola bar, yogurt and a piece of fruit to get you off to a good start.

    Lunch and Dinner

    Avoid: High-fat dairy, and fried, refined and sugary foods, which have little nutritional value. In addition this can contribute to weight gain, and conditions like diabetes.

    Try to: Eat a diet that relies on fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, fish and unsaturated fats (like olive oil).

    Clear you plate and your palate this spring and feed yourself to wellness.