Dr. Mehmet Oz, on his show last week, promoted a weekly regimen designed to restore energy. Titled “Restart your Body 5 Ways in 5 Days,” the episode shone a spotlight on a disconcerting trend among Americans: namely, our collective sense of exhaustion. But Oz argued passionately that diets can have a profound effect on how we feel. By following his five tips, he claimed, “You can boost your energy and put some pep back into your step.”
At the top of his list, unsurprisingly, was Meatless Monday, which Oz noted was a great way to reset your digestive system and incorporate more veggies into your diet.
On Tuesdays, Oz recommended eating a snack that contains both iron and vitamin C—both known to improve mood and increase energy. Oz suggested sunflower seeds with chili powder or chocolate-covered strawberries.
On Wednesdays, he advised his audience to go “wheat-less,” foregoing wheat products to accommodate gluten sensitivities and boost focus.
And on Thursdays, he advocated pomegranate juice, which combats free radicals and restores collagen to your skin.
Oz ended the segment with a bit of a twist: Fatty Fridays. But the good kind. Monosaturated fatty acids—such as those found in avocado, coconut oil, salmon, dark chocolate, and flax seeds—can paradoxically control other fats of the diet, and Oz mentioned that while he used to be a proponent of traditional low-fat diets, he has since discovered the benefits of a diet high in good fat.