10 Eating for Energy Tips, so You Can Live a Life of Adventure
Hi adventure seekers!
We all want to live a life full of fun and adventure, right? But are you like me, and sometimes get home so exhausted at the end of the day that you end up vegging out on the couch watching The Bachelor? [insert your evil TV choice here, I know you have one…].
So without enough energy, how can we live an energised, exciting life??
Happily, I am a certified health coach, and have a few energy food tips up my sleeve for you.
- Ditch the processed, packaged foods. If a food won’t go off, don’t eat it. If you don’t know what all the ingredients are, don’t eat it. If you bought it in a bag that you can’t see into, don’t eat it. You get the idea. Processed, packaged foods are full of toxins that our body needs energy to deal with, all while providing little to no nutritional value.
- Super saturate. Even mild dehydration can slow down your metabolism and make you feel drained and lethargic. You need to drink about 2L per day, plus another litre for exercise, and if you pay attention to how much you’re drinking over the next week I think most of you will find you’re way under! So super saturate for a bit of easy energy. (vitamin water, juices and flavoured drinks don’t count, I want you to H2O a go-go).
- Be like Popeye and eat your spinach. Or other leafy veg – kale, interesting lettuce (there’s not much in iceberg aside from water but try some romaine or other varieties), bok choy, silverbeet, endive. Leafy greens are full of iron, folate, calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C and general goodness, giving your body plenty of nutrient rich energy.
- Eat dinner every morning. Breakfast is a key meal of the day; it kickstarts your metabolism, improves your mood and gives you energy throughout the day. IF, that is, you eat the right foods. Which are not found in a Cheerios packet. So aim for a dinner-based breakfast, with fats, proteins and even some vegetables (today I had kale, broccoli, peas and onion sautéed in bone broth, then mixed through some eggs, turmeric and avocado. Protein, fat, veg, happy Sam). These foods will give you slow release energy rather than setting your day up for a sugar roller coaster. This one can take some adjusting – we’re not used to eating steak for brekkie – but try it for a week and I guarantee you’ll notice a difference in your energy levels.
- Eat some eggs. They’re a complete protein and release steady energy, keeping you satisfied for longer after you eat them. They’re also rich in B vitamins and vitamin D and are great for helping rebuild muscle.
- Keep eating chocolate. Ok, raw cacao. There’s no need to deny yourself that 3pm chocolate hit (as a self confessed chocaholic I couldn’t ask anyone to do that). Just sub in raw cacao, which is high in magnesium and antioxidants, as well as a bit of caffeine. Whip up some raw cacao bliss balls as a healthy, energising substitute for the 3pm munchies.
- Sub out refined carbs. White bread, white pasta, chocolate, sweets… We all know the culprits. These foods cause your blood sugar and energy levels to spike then slump, leading you to crave more sugar or want to take a nap. Substitute in whole grains, fruits and veg, and proteins to give yourself a steady release of energy.
- Go nuts for nuts! Nuts are full of healthy fats, protein and essential nutrients that will keep your energy levels stable and keep you feeling satisfied. Stick with raw or activated nuts though, most roasted nuts are cooked in hydrogenated oils.
- Go fishing. Fish like tuna and salmon are full of omega 3 fatty acids, which are good for heart health, help regulate metabolism (tick!) and reduce inflammation (which in turn gives your fat cells a break so they can break down and disappear)
- Go green. Green tea is full of antioxidants, increases your metabolism and helps regulate blood sugar levels. It still contains a bit of caffeine, so try replacing your daily coffee pick-me-up with this emerald*.
If you’re interested in one-on-one health coaching to help get your energy levels on track and lose a few residual kilos, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free discovery session.
*Get it? Emerald? Green gem? 🙂
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