Every person I know has said to me at one time or
another "I wish I had more energy". It isn't all that hard when you know what "energy" means and where
it comes from.
Energy comes from the conversion
of food into fuel in your body. It is that simple. The more effectively you feed the fire, the more energy you will have.
A slow, steady burning metabolism is achievable no matter what you are born with. Here are the foods to eat and the times
to eat them to net you more energy than you have ever had.
1. Sleep well. 6 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. If you need a bedtime
snack, make it a high magnesium one which will help your muscles relax. Try oatmeal with 2 teaspoons of almond butter stirred
into it. Resist the urge for brown sugar topping or you will sleep with syrup in your veins that may mean you wake up with
a wonky blood sugar level that can leave you groggy and slow and make you crave even more sugar!
2. Breakfast needs to contain protein and fibre to set your
blood sugar, and therefore energy level, for the day. Skip this step and expect an energy zapping crash or two that will be
hard to recover from. This egg white omelet takes mere seconds and won't ever let you
3. Mid morning snack
that is low on the glycemic index but contains glucose to fuel your sluggish brain is crucial! Natural Delights Medjool Dates
should always be in your car/desk or bag, they are power fuel that is great any time you feel yourself flagging. Here is
a great recipe for power balls that combine just the right amount of good fat, protein,
anti-oxidants and carbs to get you through the morning or as a pre workout power boost.
4. Lunch: Skip the carbs go for protein and greens like a stir fry without
the rice or a salad with fish or chicken. Add a few nuts and a drizzle of dressing for slow burning good fats. Carb heavy
sandwiches or pastas will only drag you down by 3 pm.
snack: A big glass of water and a handful of almonds. Chances are you haven't been drinking enough and some brain brown-out
can be blamed on dehydration. A few almonds will take the edge off so you don't eat a box of crackers while you are making
6. Dinner: Try to
finish eating dinner at least 2-3 hours before bed so it doesn't interfere with your sleep.
Keeping your energy level
even means taking a step by step approach incorporating the finest fuel for your body and brain. It also means managing your
caffeine intake and keeping it to 3 cups of coffee or tea ending by about 2 pm. Try this for a week and then let us know
how you did! Did your energy level improve?