Your High Energy Diet for the Holidays
Every day there is a new task to complete, usually many many tasks. And with the holidays looming ahead, there are inevitably more stresses for most of us. How will you keep your battery charged and mind sharp for the challenge? The answer is in your refrigerator. Make sure you are following a High Energy Diet for your health this holiday season.
1. Your High Energy Diet should consist of 65-70% complex carbohydrates (fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes); 20-25% protein, (nuts, seeds, whole grains, legumes, soy, yogurt and kefir, seafoods and poultry); 10-15% fats (unrefined vegetable, nut and seed oils, avocado, eggs and seafood). Don’t skip meals.
2. Keep your metabolism high, and your blood sugar levels up with healthy snacks throughout the day.
3. Reduce sugar, caffeine (drains adrenals), and fatty dairy foods (produce clogging mucous). Take this 24 hour sugar test to see if your energy increases: Swear off sweets for 24 hours (have a high fiber whole grain bar instead when you crave sugar). Most people notice an energy boost the next day - without the let down feeling after 2 o’clock.
4. Take a protein drink every morning, like Whey or Hemp Protein. Add spirulina, chia or bee pollen granule as a booster. Protein’s amino acids boost alertness.
5. Keep your iron up - low iron, low energy. Oatmeal, walnuts, eggs, black bean soup, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds (good for B-vitamins, too).
6. Drink plenty of healthy liquids. Dehydration’s first sign is fatigue.