It should be easy to keep energy levels high; however, lately it feels more like a fantasy than a reality for most people. What many don’t know is that energy – the thing that makes us feel alive – is dependent on what we are putting in our bodies. You may think that the extra coffee will make you feel more alert, but that coffee is a quick fix with long term consequences that leaves you short of energy in the end. Shortness of energy makes our bodies more susceptible to stress and even disease.
We are here to guide you on how to properly maintain your energy. Energy has everything to do with metabolism, which has a lot to do with nutrition. You need to eat foods with:
You’ve heard the term “empty calories.” But what does that really mean? It means that the calories that you are consuming have a very low nutrient per calorie ratio. A candy bar may have 200 calories and hardly any vitamins or minerals. Half an apple + 1 tablespoon of peanut butter also has 200 calories. The vitamins and protein within that snack will make your body feel like it got what it needed, and you will be satisfied. The candy bar will just make you want another candy bar, or it will make you feel sick.
The time of day in which we feed ourselves is also important.
Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. It starts your body off for the day by launching your metabolism.
Healthy snacking keeps that going.
A healthy dinner before 8 PM satisfies you for the night.
This may come as a surprise, but a “diet” is not great for you. It is actually truer to say “way of eating” or “fueling your body” instead of using the word “diet”. Because the word diet is often associated with restricting calories. The word “restriction” can sometimes makes someone feel limited. Think of how “fueling your body” makes you feel good! Your “way of eating”and the way you choose to “fuel your body” is something you should pay attention to, but counting calories does not help. It is why many don’t eat breakfast and then cheat on their so-called “diet” later with junk food. Pay attention and try your best to steer clear of candy, processed foods, and alcohol. If you can accomplish “fueling your body” with a nutritious,“way of eating”it will run itself without you needing to count because you will feel awake and satisfied.
Always consult your physician before beginning any nutrition or fitness program, especially if you are currently being treated for any illness or medical condition, taking prescription medication, or following a doctor recommended diet.