Eating For Energy

Eating For Energy – How often do you feel tired and letargic? Does your energy dip dramatically in the afternoons making you feel dozy and in need of 40 winks? If your life is regularly disrupted by fatigue and you want to take action, one of the wisest things to do is to look at your diet and, if necessary, change what you eat and how you eat it.

There is logic behind the saying ‘breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper’. If you start the day with a substantial breakfast your body will be getting all the energy it needs early on.

Eating for energy and changing your eating habits

You are most likely to succeed in changing your diet if you eat regularly, in moderation, and slowly – and savour every mouthful. Although the bonuses of eating in a balanced way do not come instantly, if you take stock now and concentrate on eating the fresh foods, as well as avoiding high-fat, sugar-rich foods such as cakes, pastries, and salty snacks, you will probably notice a marked difference in your energy levels within a couple of weeks.


Vitality foods for extra energy

A diet that makes you feel more energetic is based on natural, wholesome foods that are nutritious, rather than fatty and fast foods. If you want to boost your energy levels, stock up on fresh and dried fruits that are high in natural sugars such as pears, kiwi fruit, and apricots, vegetables such as peas, spinach, cabbage, and onions, and oily fish, poultry, and red meats such as game and lean beef.

Eat nuts, brown rice, seeds, pulses, wheatgerm, whole-grains, and foods that contain minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc, and water-soluble vitamins B and C. Use cold-pressed oils such as grapeseed, olive, sesame, sunflower, hazelnut, and walnut to dress salads; do not skip dairy foods but use milk and natural yogurt (preferably low fat); replace sliced white loaves with bread made from wholemeal flour.


Super squeezes and shakes

Homemade fruit juices and milk- or yogurt-based drinks are energy-boosting alternatives to commercially prepared drinks, and are easy to prepare. Choose sweet fruits such as mango, banana, and apricots – these have a naturally high sugar content – switch on the juicer or liquidizer and drink them chilled.

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