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11/16/2010

Question:

I have celiac disease and suffer from very low energy levels. What can I eat to have more energy? I eat very healthy and try to not eat carbs after 3 p.m. I'm trying to reduce my sugar intake as well as sweets
and desserts.

From,

Marlene

Answer:

Hi Marlene, I am sorry that you are having low energy levels. Carbohydrates are an essential nutrient and give us the fuel (in the form of glucose) for our brain function and other metabolic functions occurring in our bodies. Reducing sugar, sweets and desserts is a good idea, but that doesn’t mean you need to stop eating carbs. Whole grains are a great source of carbohydrates, as are fruits and some vegetables. Quinoa, brown rice and amaranth are excellent sources of whole grains that are also gluten-free. Whole grains contain fiber, vitamins and minerals. Spreading your carbohydrate intake throughout the day, instead of stopping them at 3 p.m., will help to sustain your energy level.

Sincerely,

Nancy Dickens, MS, RD, LDN

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