Our expert says:
Carbohydrates are the best fuel for the human body, so it is only natural that you would want to eat carbs when you are tired, sleep-deprived and exhausted because of a teething toddler. The trick is to eat carbs with a low glycaemic index (GI) and NOT to add lashings of fat to them (e.g. butter, margarine, oil, mayonnaise, cream, etc). Click on 'Diet & Nutrition' and 'Weight loss' and 'The Glycaemic Index' and read the articles on the GI. Carbs esp those which are high in dietary fibre, have the lowest energy content of all the macronutrients, namely 16 kJ/gram or less, whereas fats provide 37 kJ/gram of energy. So you can certainly eat low-GI carbs and low-fat proteins to boost your energy levels and this will not cause weight gain. If you suspect that your tiredness may be due to iron or vit B12 deficiency, please ask your dr to send you for the relevant blood tests, so that you can be treated with an iron-folic acid or a vit B12 supplement. Also take naps during the day if possible to make up for lost sleep at night.
I hope those teeth soon make their appearance and that you can get back to your normal routine.
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