Are you feeling a little on the downside this Monday? Maybe you’ve had a crazy non-stop weekend, or maybe your work week is overwhelmed with a lot of, well, work. Whatever the reason, we have provided you with four foods you should avoid, so that the beginning of your 9-to-5 week isn’t all that tiring. The foods are from the MAD diet, aka Modern American Diet, coined by coauthor of The Happiness Diet and psychiatrist Dr. Drew Ramsey. So, stop falling off your chair, stop catching Z’s in the bathroom stall and stop zoning out during your meeitngs.
Four Foods to Avoid
1. While soda may be America’s best friend, it’s one of your health’s worst enemies. Not only does soda turn into fat once inside your body, but its high sugar levels affect your mood negatively. Too much sugar may cause depression and unnecessary stress.
2. Conventional hams, like those found at the deli in your grocery store or on the dinner table on Thanksgiving, are likely to be injected with sugar, salt, fillers and nitrate preservatives. If you’re planning on eating a ham-rich sandwich for lunch, prepare to feel a little down with a hint of a migraine.
3. We recommend you eat breakfast to start your day, but eating bagels seven days a week can prove to be too much. They contain refined carbs, which are unhealthy carbohydrates that have had their fiber stripped away. Thus, they are digested quickly, leading to a spike in your blood sugar followed by a crash. Now, I’m not saying to stop eating bagels (I wouldn’t even do that!), but you might want to cut down the amount you eat.
4. It’s important to snack throughout the day, but munching on salted peanuts and munching on fruits are on two extremes on the snacking spectrum. Salted peanuts are high in sodium and the additive monosodium glutamate (MSG), an artificial flavoring linked to migraines, weakness and difficulty breathing.
Which other foods are on your “Must Avoid for A Productive Work Day” list?