One of my secrets for unlimited energy is maintaining momentum with protein. I might start my day with oatmeal or an egg scramble, have a turkey sandwich for lunch and end the day with bean chili and a salad. Snacks are fruit. Folks who follow a diet with adequate protein and no “unmeaningful” carbs have more energy than those who eat the opposite, say University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers. Here’s why– loading up on carbs may give you a burst of fuel, but it leads to a blood sugar crash. By contrast, high protein and good carbs take longer to digest. This helps you avoid the steep blood sugar drop, explains researcher Donald K. Layman, Ph D. Avoid this protein trap– skip bacon, cheese, and sausage, and opt for leaner protein such as turkey, chicken, bison, and beans. High fat foods prompt the release of a hormone that triggers sleepiness, studies reveal.