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5 Criminally Underrated Fatigue-Fighting Foods

Feeling more drained than your phone’s battery? Join the club! In a world where coffee is practically a food group and quality sleep is a distant dream, it's no wonder fatigue has become the unwelcome guest crashing on everyone's couch. Fear not – we’re here to get you back on your feet with the ultimate secret weapon: food! That's right, forget the energy drinks and power bars; keeping it whole and real is key. 

Do you find yourself dragging through each day, struggling to find the energy to get through even the simplest tasks? You're not alone. In today's fast-paced world, fatigue has become increasingly common, affecting millions of people worldwide. From busy professionals juggling work and family commitments to students burning the midnight oil, fatigue can strike anyone, regardless of age, gender, or lifestyle.

The Rising Epidemic of Fatigue

Fatigue is more than just feeling tired; it's a persistent feeling of physical and mental exhaustion that can significantly impact your quality of life. According to recent studies, rates of fatigue are on the rise, with an increasing number of individuals reporting symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), burnout, and general feelings of lethargy. Several factors contribute to the prevalence of fatigue in today's society. Our modern lifestyles, characterized by long hours spent sitting at desks, staring at screens, and constant connectivity, leave little time for rest and relaxation. The pressure to constantly be productive and achieve more can lead to chronic stress, which, in turn, can contribute to fatigue and burnout. While technology has undoubtedly made our lives more convenient in many ways, it also plays a role in exacerbating fatigue. The constant stimulation from electronic devices, such as smartphones, tablets, and computers, can disrupt our sleep patterns and interfere with our body's natural circadian rhythms, making it harder to get the restorative sleep we need. 

How to Know if You’re Fatigued or Just Sleepy

Distinguishing between fatigue and sleepiness can sometimes be tricky, as both can leave you feeling tired and lacking energy. Here are some key differences to help you determine whether you're experiencing fatigue or just feeling sleepy:

Duration and Persistence: Fatigue typically lasts longer and is more persistent than sleepiness. If you've been feeling consistently tired and lacking energy for an extended period, despite getting enough sleep, it's likely fatigue. Sleepiness, on the other hand, may come and go throughout the day but is often relieved by getting some rest.

Quality of Sleep: If you're getting enough sleep but still feel tired and exhausted during the day, it's more likely to be fatigue. Sleepiness, on the other hand, is usually alleviated by getting a good night's sleep. 

Physical Symptoms: Fatigue is often accompanied by other physical symptoms such as muscle weakness, aching joints, headaches, and overall feelings of malaise. Sleepiness, on the other hand, is primarily characterised by a strong desire to sleep and may be accompanied by yawning, heavy eyelids, and difficulty concentrating.

Emotional and Mental State: Fatigue can affect your mood and cognitive function, leading to feelings of irritability, difficulty concentrating, and reduced motivation. Sleepiness, on the other hand, may primarily manifest as a desire to rest and may not significantly impact your mood or mental clarity.

Underlying Causes: Fatigue can be caused by a wide range of factors, including physical exertion, stress, poor diet, medical conditions, and medication side effects. Sleepiness, on the other hand, is typically caused by insufficient sleep, disrupted sleep patterns, or sleep disorders such as insomnia or sleep apnoea.

You know what has been proven to raise your risk for fatigue? Sugar addiction. Need a hand introducing gut healthy foods into your diet and cutting out excess sugar? We’re here to help. Come join us for the 8-Week Program. You don’t have to buy exotic ingredients or splash your cash on new appliances; every tool you need, you’ve likely already got, and our ingredients are easily found at your local grocer. Because we know how challenging it can be to make a change in your life, and it’s the little things that make it that much easier (and fun!). Take a look at some of the exciting recipes members enjoy:

  • Kale + Cauliflower Curry Puffs
  • Raspberry Breakfast Muffins
  • Prawn + Mango Tacos
  • Swede + Cannellini Bean Soup
  • Minty Salmon Brain-Boosting Bowl
  • Savoury Crepes
  • Spiced Sicilian Stew


If you're experiencing persistent fatigue or sleepiness that interferes with your daily life and functioning, it's essential to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the underlying cause and explore appropriate treatment options. But, in the meantime, optimising your diet is one of the best ways to reduce the effects – let’s take a look at 5 foods known to combat fatigue.

Pumpkin Seeds

These tiny seeds are nutritional powerhouses, rich in magnesium, iron, zinc, and protein. Magnesium plays a crucial role in energy metabolism, while iron is essential for transporting oxygen to cells, combating fatigue and boosting energy levels. Zinc supports immune function and helps reduce feelings of tiredness and lethargy.


While often overlooked, sardines are a fantastic source of omega-3 fatty acids, which have anti-inflammatory properties and support brain health. These fatty acids can enhance cognitive function and combat mental fatigue, helping you stay focused and alert throughout the day. Sardines also provide high-quality protein, which is essential for sustained energy levels.


Often referred to as a superfood, quinoa is packed with complex carbohydrates, fibre, and protein, making it an excellent choice for combating fatigue. Its low glycaemic index ensures a steady release of energy, preventing spikes and crashes in blood sugar levels. Additionally, quinoa contains high levels of magnesium, a mineral essential for energy production in the body's cells. 


Rich in fibre, protein, and complex carbohydrates, lentils are a nutritional powerhouse that can help combat fatigue. The slow-release carbohydrates in lentils provide a steady source of energy, preventing blood sugar spikes and crashes. Additionally, lentils contain iron, folate, and manganese, nutrients essential for energy production and oxygen transport in the body.


This juicy fruit is not only refreshing but also a great fatigue-fighting food. Watermelon is rich in hydration-promoting water and contains natural sugars like fructose and glucose, providing a quick energy boost. Additionally, watermelon is a good source of vitamin C, which plays a key role in energy metabolism and immune function. The presence of citrulline, an amino acid found in watermelon, may also help improve exercise performance and reduce fatigue. 

We’ve put in the hard yards so you can enjoy the benefits of an extensive, wholistic program that covers everything from learning how to manage nutrition and mental health to social situations. When you join us for the 8-Week Program you’ll have exclusive access to expert guidance, nutritional planning and support every step of the way. Take a peek at what’s on offer:

  • 8 weeks of meal plans and shopping lists.
  • A range of exclusive recipes, including sugar-free desserts, snacks and all the old favourites.
  • Community forums to share and discuss your experience.
  • Expert support to guide you through each week – from world-renowned chef Sarah Glover to yoga teachers, nutritionists and naturopaths. 

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