Everyone wants to boost their energy and the focus for this article is on energy, or specifically, the lack of energy! Low energy and feeling fatigued seems to be part of life in the 21st Century, but it doesn’t have to be this way!
The answer very often lies in what is on your plate and the type of foods that make up your daily diet. As with any efficient engine you need the right fuel oil and water if it’s going to perform properly!
There are specific foods that are known to boost metabolism and sustain abundant energy levels and there are foods that rob you of energy and should be avoided.
Energy boosting foods
• A fresh green smoothie add a banana or pineapple
• Live organic full fat Greek yogurt – plain with some fresh fruit (pineapple, papaya, mango, peach) and nuts
• Fresh or dried dates, dried apricots or figs (check they have not been sprayed with preservatives such as sulphur)
• Homemade flapjacks – made with some chopped nuts (almonds, cashew)
• Mashed avocado with shelled hemp seeds
• Raw vegetables – carrots, celery, radish, red or yellow pepper, cauliflower
• A handful of seeds – pumpkin, sunflower, linseed
• Stimulants such as caffeine, caffeinated drinks and alcohol
• Refined and processed foods
• Sugary foods (Confectionary, biscuits, soft drinks)
• Excessive saturated fats
• Skipping meals
• Poor digestion
• High stress
• Poor sleep
• Allergens and Toxins
And eat protein for breakfast – this is absolutely the #1 “eating for energy” strategy. It gets your metabolism off to a strong start, keeps you feeling fuller for longer and avoids blood sugar imbalances which cause energy dips. It also sets you up for the day, making better choices for lunch and helps you avoid the afternoon “wish I could sleep at my desk” slump. Cereal, coffee and toast is not breakfast!
Coffee does not give you energy; it simply masks the symptoms of low energy from lack of sleep, poor diet and unresolved and perceived stress.
Poor food choices also lead to low energy and fatigue. Processed, packaged and fatty foods take a lot more energy to digest and too much sugar, additives, chemicals and artificial sweeteners from these types of foods wrecks havoc with your body as well.
Other factors that lead to low energy include lack of sleep, or poor quality sleep, lack of exercise and stress.
#2 Energy Strategy: Digestion, Digestion, Digestion!
When your body is unable to properly digest the food you eat, it robs you of energy as so much energy is spent trying to digest and absorb your food. When you eat food, if it just sits in your stomach for hours on end, because your digestion is sluggish you will feel bloated and fatigued and when food is not properly digested, you don’t receive the correct nutrients, vitamins and minerals that you need to beat fatigue, improve your sleep and fight illness.
Regardless of how tired and exhausted you are, there are things you can do to get your energy back. I promise you do not have to go through life lacking the energy you need. I have been there and I have dramatically increased my energy levels. I mainly start my day with a green smoothie but also have free range eggs and organic bacon on occasion.
For me and for the majority of my clients green smoothies are the best breakfast option. Most people are busy, rushing out the door, organising kids, pets, meetings and breakfast usually consists of toast and coffee and as I mentioned before this is not breakfast!
My recipe for the perfect green smoothie:
Add two or more large handfuls of your favourite leafy green to a blender
Add a chopped banana or a slice of pineapple for a little sweetness
Add ½ cup of berries (blueberries / raspberries / cherries)
You’ll give yourself energizing carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and a hydrating breakfast to start your day right.
Here’s a smoothie recipe to boost your energy:
3 cups (large handfuls) of spinach, chopped or frozen
1 medium banana, peeled
½ cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
1 tablespoon ground chia seeds
150 – 200ml water of filtered water
Add all the ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth. Add more water if you prefer a thinner texture
My 5 Step System for Increased Energy
Step 1: Keep a food dairy – Food is information! Identify the foods that lower your energy levels
Step 2: Eliminate all traces of your trigger foods
Step 3: Eat REAL whole foods
Step 4: Drink clean and filtered water
Step 5: Ensure you are taking the right supplements: There are a number of vitamins and minerals which can assist with sleep and energy levels. I work with my clients to design a bespoke supplement programme to help with their specific needs
I cannot stress this highly enough – it is essential that you take great quality tested organic and natural supplements otherwise you could be making your energy levels worse. Many supplements are synthetic; contain sugar, additives and fillers.
I took supplements for months before I realised that they were robbing me of energy and making me more ill, because of all the additives and fillers. This was affecting my digestions and causing fatigue among other symptoms,
Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired?
Would you like to know how to boost your energy levels naturally and have more than you have ever had before? Connect with me by clicking here, and find out more about how we can help you increase your energy, improve your sleep and help you achieve optimal health, harmony and happiness.
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