Resolutions and good intentions might fuel your January. But to keep your energy levels high till the end of the year, you’ll need more. Start with this quiz by Kavita Devgan.
1. Will eliminating fat totally from your diet keep you more active?
(a) Yes, fat makes me sluggish.
(b) No, I think including right fats in the diet is essential.
(c) Not at all, fried food is party food and no one’s tired at parties.
2. Does your digestion bother you?
(a) Oh yeah, it’s a big problem all the time.
(b) Well, it does need tuning every now and then.
(c) Not at all, I make sure I keep it in good shape.
3. Do you exercise a few times every week?
(a) Yes. I make it a point to.
(b) I try my hardest in January. By March, well...
(c) Life is hectic enough for me to not need a gym.
(a) Yeah that’s me!
(b) I usually just grab a cup of tea with toast.
(c) It’s egg, bread and apple for me, usually.
5. Which of these mirror your sleeping habits?
(a) My laptop is my bedmate, we work late into the night.
(b) I aim for at least eight hours every day.
(c) I sleep fitfully, everything wakes me up.
6. Is coffee your afternoon friend-in-need?
(a) Yeah, I have several cups every afternoon.
(b) No I don’t need a boost halfway through the day.
(c) Occasionally, I will have a cappuccino.
7. When do you feel most fatigued?
(a) On those rare, rare days when everything goes belly up.
(b) At the end of the day, every day. That’s OK, right?
(c) It’s weird but I usually feel most fatigued after meals.
8. Is your diet more white than brown?
(a) No, I switched to whole grains a while ago.
(b) I love white bread, but keep it to a minimum.
(c) My taste buds are racist. They don’t like brown.
9. How much water do you drink every day?
(a) In this chilly weather? Are you crazy?
(b) I don’t know. Maybe 3-4 glasses.
(c) I finish two big bottles every day. I’m a guzzler.
(a) Never better. I am in a happy zone.
(b) All right I’d say, but I’m hoping 2013 will be much better.
(c) I’m emotionally drained. Nothing ever seems to be going right.
1. (a) 5 (b) 10 (c) 3
No fat is as bad as too much fat, as some fat in the diet is essential to fight fatigue. Stick to the right kind – MUFA (Mono Unsaturated Fatty Acids) by using olive oil for cooking (it has 75% of its fat in the form of oleic acid, a type of MUFA that’ll charge your batteries big time).
2. (a) 3 (b) 5 (c) 10
Healthy energy production begins with healthy digestion; your batteries will recharge better on small meals several times a day, and lots of fibre. Drink probiotics. They’ll help your good gut bacteria thrive and keep your digestion humming.
3. (a) 10 (b) 5 (c) 3
The best prescription for tiredness is regular exercise, as exercise breeds energy. Begin some form of moderate exercise (even walks), and see your fatigue magically dissolve. Half an hour five times a week is great!
4. (a) 3 (b) 5 (c) 10
Skipping breakfast (or any meal) is a recipe for fatigue. Food is fuel; it keeps your blood sugar in a normal range and prevents the sluggish feeling that a drop in blood sugar causes.
5. (a) 5 (b) 10 (c) 3
Skimping on sleep affects your concentration and leads to big-time fatigue. Try to unwind after switching off the laptop, and stick to regular sleep timings as far as possible. In fact if possible ban laptops, phones and television from the bedroom.
6. (a) 3 (b) 10 (c) 5
Coffee does more harm than help; the caffeine gives you a temporary lift but a slump follows soon enough. Plus it is a diuretic and dehydrates the body, thus stressing the energy reserves. So go easy on it.
After-meal fatigue could be a sign of a mild intolerance or allergy to a particular food. Try eliminating suspect foods one at a time to see if your energy levels improve and get a food allergy test.
8. (a) 10 (b) 5 (c) 3
Refined foods zap energy levels and are major dietary contributors to fatigue. Whole foods bestow a longer lasting feeling of energy. So add some bran in your atta and pick up the whole-wheat pasta instead.
9. (a) 3 (b) 5 (c) 10
Dehydration is the big daddy of fatigue. Even mild dehydration can cause blood to thicken, forcing the heart to pump harder to carry blood to your cells and organs, resulting in fatigue. So keep the water coming, yes, even in winter.
10. (a) 10 (b) 5 (c) 3
Mental strain – stress, sadness, anger – can completely wear you out. Happiness is a choice, so decide that you won’t sweat the small stuff, and won’t spend more than 10 minutes worrying about something you can’t control. Snap out of it so you can enjoy this year and the ones to come.
Under 40 points
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Over 70 points
Wow! You’ll be fighting fit all through 2013. No fatigue issues, no bad attitude, no blaming it all on a bad year. Keep up the good work and spread the word to your more fatigued friends.
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