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In need of an energy boost after the flu.


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I have just got over the flu (last Thursday was the last of my really bad days) and I am finding I am still getting really tired easily. I have been trying to keep my workouts to a minimum so I don't wear myself out and end up sick again. I have been eating mostly fresh fruit & veggies, with lean meats and low fat yoghurts with some home made dried fruit & nut bars which I make myself. I have been sleeping lots. But does anyone know if there is something I could do or eat or try to increase my energy levels?

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You have it all covered. About all I could suggest is creating home made fresh fruit and veggie juices -- all it really does is enables you to take in more fruit and veggies than you could do if you actually ate them all raw.

But unfortunately flu is not a cold and it can take up to a couple of weeks to have energy levels return to normal. You are doing absolutely everything right (can't say as I'd be as disciplined in your situation!)

Hoping you feel better soon and I expect it will be soon given the care you giving yourself.

Thanks heaps :) I've had a couple bad moments but I have been trying to keep them to a minimum

A good source of energy that you don't mention are the starchy carbohydrates.... wholemeal bread, pasta, brown rice, oats, starchy vegetables etc.   As well as being a good source of energy wholegrains and other starchy foods also provide a lots of vitamins and minerals that are probably not present in the other foods you mention.

 

Try eating frequent small meals and see if you have a steadier energy level throughout the day.  Truly healthy food that incorporates fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats are the source of energy.  Until you get back up to a higher energy level I wouldn't try dieting.

One good way to get it all in is to make a stew.  The veggies cook down into a nutritious broth and it's all very easy on the stomach.  Barley, potatoes, or wild rice will add the whole grains and starchy veggies.  You can toss in some random handfuls of beans for additional protein if you're a vegetarian.

Try eating frequent small meals and see if you have a steadier energy level throughout the day.  Truly healthy food that incorporates fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats are the source of energy.  Until you get back up to a higher energy level I wouldn't try dieting.

One good way to get it all in is to make a stew.  The veggies cook down into a nutritious broth and it's all very easy on the stomach.  Barley, potatoes, or wild rice will add the whole grains and starchy veggies.  You can toss in some random handfuls of beans for additional protein if you're a vegetarian.

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