eating for energy

EATING FOR ENERGY

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EATING FOR ENERGY

Getting through the day with enough energy and not turning to sugar, quick carbs, caffeine, etc can be a challenge sometimes, so here are some things to try:

COMMIT TO HYDRATION: 

Drinking water keeps your organs functioning efficiently (aka disease fighting) and is one of our main sources of oxygen. Oxygen is energy, so when we aren't getting enough through breathing and water, our body turns to food. 30% of the time we think we're hungry, we are actually just thirsty.

SUGAR TRAP: 

Yes, you'll get a high, but what goes up WILL come down and it will come down hard and swiftly. Remember to expand your idea of what is sugar. Not just candy and juice, but also bread, crackers, chips, and fruit (although fruit is worth its sugar because it has so many nutrients - just anchor with some protein/healthy fat).

GET SOME ZZZZs:

Take a 15-20 minute nap. This will help you avoid sugar and salt cravings during the day.

TAKE A WALK: 

I know the last thing we want to do when we are tired and stressed is take time away from work and errands to do something as luxurious as take a walk, but it will help get your blood pumping and give you more energy.

MAGNESIUM:

This mineral helps with stamina and endurance. Add extra leafy greens, raw pumpkin seeds, or raw cashews into your meals for a boost in energy levels.

DRINK LESS BOOZE:

See if you can go with less alcohol, as it will help you sleep more soundly. 

EAT LIGHT & SIMPLE: 

Especially at dinner. Try to get in as much of your daily intake of food as you can (think as much as 80%) before dinner. This helps you sleep deeply and wake up refreshed.

ANTIOXIDANTS:

Blueberries, artichokes, tomatoes, raw cacao, avocados, raw seeds and fresh herbs are great sources. Antioxidants are a clean energy source, which means they help protect the body from the damages of stress.