Beating an Afternoon Energy Slump


Afternoon energy slumps are extremely common, and can be attributed to the body’s circadian rhythm, which sends out sleep signals during the afternoon, usually at around 2pm. Rather than spending the afternoon wishing that you could curl up in bed, here are a few tips to help you to beat the energy slump and ensure that the rest of your day remains productive.


A Light, Protein-Filled Lunch
If your lunches are usually packed with carbohydrates, this will be having quite the impact on the way in which your body functions in the afternoon, as carbohydrates tend to zap the body of energy. Instead, opt for foods that are high in protein, such as a tuna salad rather than a tuna sandwich, or a green salad with hard-boiled eggs and sliced turkey instead of a bowl of pasta. You should also try to avoid having a heavy lunch, as the digestion process diverts blood away from the brain, meaning that the more food that needs to be digested, the longer you will feel lethargic for.


A Midday Workout
Physical activity during the day will not only boost your productivity, but will also help you to beat that midday slump. If you have a gym near you, some light aerobic exercise is all that you need. Alternatively, if you do not have time for a quick gym session, head out for a brisk walk on your lunch break, or pay a visit to the very top floor of your building, using the stairs of course. Even a few simple stretches can help to provide your body with a boost of energy, and these do not require much space or time at all.


Green Tea
If you tend to reach for a cup of coffee each time you feel your energy levels dropping, you may want to try swapping this out for a cup of green tea instead. While green tea still contains caffeine, it does not have quite as much as coffee does, meaning that it is much better for your health, and will also bring you a range of nutritional benefits.


Listen to Some Music
Studies have shown that listening to music has the potential to boost the way in which a person focuses, while making them feel more energized at the same time. This is a great quick fix to the afternoon energy slump problem, and if you compile a few energizing playlists on your phone in advance, you will have a pick-me-up to hand whenever you may need it.


Don’t Skip Breakfast
Considered to be the most important meal of the day, a healthy breakfast provides the body with enough energy to sustain it throughout the day. However, if you skip breakfast, you are likely to experience quite the energy crash at around 2pm, which is why this is a meal well worth making some time for. If you tend to be strapped for time in the mornings, there are many on-the-go breakfast options that may work for you, from berry and yogurt smoothies to a portable bowl of porridge.

Nobody wants to experience an afternoon energy slump, especially if you have a long list of tasks that you still need to complete before the end of the day. From nutrition to exercise, these tips will help you to beat that slump, filling you with energy for the rest of the day.


Beach Foods That Won’t Leave You Feeling Bloated

Whether you prefer to pack your own lunch or eat at a beachside cafe, there are certain foods that you should be avoiding, to prevent you from feeling cramped and bloated. OROGOLD takes a look at some of the different foods that will leave you feeling invigorated and full of energy – perfect for a day at the beach!

Tortilla wraps served in a plate

Not only do conventional sandwiches tend to get soggy, but they also easily fall apart at the beach, which is why tortilla wraps are one great alternative. They are also extremely easy to make at home, and should include plenty of dark leafy greens, as these are a fantastic way to add some volume without the heavy calories. Another alternative would be to make lettuce wraps, which, although more inconvenient, are much easier to eat with one hand than a salad. Once you have created your lettuce wraps, OROGOLD recommends wrapping them in foil, which you can then easily peel back and eat at the beach.

Healthy dip with an assortment of vegetables.

Healthy Dips
Fruit and vegetable slices with a healthy dip is a great snack to pack along to bring to the beach with you, and is extremely cooler-friendly. Apples with peanut butter is a perfect balance of fruit and protein, while hummus with fresh vegetables will fill you up without weighing you down. If you are bringing along a dip that contains dairy, OROGOLD reminds you to also pack a thermometer, so that you can ensure that the dairy doesn’t fall below a certain temperature.

Fruit salad on a plate.

High-Potassium Fruits
If you aren’t bringing any food to the beach with you, fruit is an easy one to find at most beach vendors. Fruits that are rich in potassium, such as bananas, melons and papayas, will help to offset any excess sodium in your body, which is one of the main causes of bloating. Fruits will also help to keep you hydrated during the day, and will give your body a boost of antioxidants, which will help you to look and feel even healthier.

Greek Yogurt

Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt is a much healthier alternative to the frozen yogurt you buy in stores, as that is usually packed with sugar. In addition to being full of protein, Greek yogurt also helps with digestion, which will ensure that you don’t feel cramped or bloated. Greek yogurt is easy to find at beachside convenience stores, but, for an extra treat, OROGOLD recommends freezing some at home the night before, and taking along some chopped frozen fruit to mix with it at the beach.

As satisfying as it may feel to indulge in a massive spread at the beachside pizzeria, or chow down on some burgers from the beach bar, the satisfying feeling won’t last for long, and you will soon end up feeling heavy and bloated, and unable to fully enjoy the rest of your day. OROGOLD recommends always bringing along some healthy beach snacks, just in case you can’t find any good alternatives while you are there.

Celebrity Diet Secrets – OROGOLD Reviews

Model having a cup of coffee in a cafe.

Celebrities are known for their crazy diets, often taking it to the extremes in order to shed a few pounds. However, OROGOLD has looked at the many different celebrity diets out there, and found some that are really actually quite beneficial to the body. Take a look at some of the best celebrity diet secrets out there.

Woman having her breakfast in bed.

Never Skip Breakfast
The phrase ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’ couldn’t be more true, and this is why American Idol winner, Carrie Underwood, has one rule when on a diet; never skip breakfast. Rather than opting for a large, greasy breakfast, choose something light. For those who are rushed for time in the morning, OROGOLD recommends a protein bar, as these can be a great source of energy and nutrients.

Woman on a vegan diet.

The Vegan Diet
The vegan diet is a popular one amongst celebrities, especially when it comes to losing baby weight. Beyonce and Jay Z completed a 22-day vegan diet together, while Jennifer Lopez, Ellie Goulding and Kate Mara also try to eat as vegan as possible. Simply put, a vegan diet means cutting out any foods that come from animals, including meat, all dairy, eggs and even candy that contains gelatin. Instead, you would focus on a plant-based diet that is rich in grains, seeds, nuts and lentils. Although this may seem difficult, there are many delicious vegan alternatives to your favorite meat and dairy foods that should help curb any cravings, and there are plenty of tasty vegan recipes out there that will soon have you wondering why you didn’t try going vegan sooner.

Woman enjoying wine and salmon on bread.

The ABC Rule
Celebrities such as model/actress Kate Upton keep themselves in shape by following the ABC rule when it comes to their diets. This means cutting out alcohol, bread and processed carbohydrates, which is much more simple than other diets. For her main protein, she chooses a simply cooked salmon or a grilled chicken breast, and pairs this with steamed vegetables. Upton also makes sure that whenever she snacks during the day, she chooses healthy foods, such as raw almonds, a green juice, or a protein bar.

Woman sipping on coconut water in a beach.

Coconut Water
Hydrating, low in calories, and with four times the amount of potassium as a banana, it is no surprise that coconut water is a favorite with many celebrities, including Jessica Alba, Demi Moore and Sienna Miller. Madonna has even gone as far as to invest $1.5 million in Vita Coco Coconut Water, truly showing her devotion to the product. In addition to lowering blood pressure and aiding with digestion, coconut water is also packed with electrolytes, which are the minerals that are necessary for many important body functions, such as brain operation and muscle movement.

Although some celeb diets may seem slightly crazy, celebrities do have plenty of great diet secrets that we can all benefit from. From cutting out animal products to hydrating the body with coconut water, these are all great tips that we should all consider incorporating into our lives.