Does The Food You Eat Energize You or Drain You?

What would your life look like if you had an abundance of energy and vitality?

When your energy is low, how do you feel?
When you are experiencing low energy, what is one challenge you are faced with?
When you are feeling low on energy, what is one thing you eat?  What is one thing you do?

Stop for a moment and consider the answers to these questions.  It can be very beneficial to help inspire the changes that will allow you to feel more abundance of energy and vitality in your life.

The nourishment we give our bodies includes the food we eat and the choices we make in our lives.  This time of year, is a great time to consider a healthy mind and body detox.  After all of the wonderful celebrations of the holidays, January is a nice time to reboot your health and wellness with a little reset.  Try for a week to only consume whole foods (nothing processed).  Additionally, a healthy detox involves trying to let go of the negative thoughts and emotions that constantly fill our hearts and heads.

We realize that the choices we make can energize or drain us.  There are many factors that contribute to our sense of energy and vitality.  There are four factors that decrease our sense of it:

  • Chemical stress (can be food)         
  • Emotional stress
  •  Mental stress
  • Physical stress
     

The main foods that decrease our energy are:

Caffeine, coffee, soft drinks, alcohol, too much meat or not enough, processed and chemical laden foods, tobacco, milk, sugar, artificial sweeteners and trans fats. 

Stimulants such as caffeine and sugar may seem to give you an energy boost, but they actually deplete our bodies, drawing out minerals and nutrients.  These substances are also highly addictive.  Clearly, it is very helpful to reduce or eliminate several of these foods from your diet.  From the list above, which one’s do you depend on?

Reducing or eliminating food and drinks you regularly consume and have become dependent on can be super hard to cut out “cold turkey”.  It’s just not realistic.  I work with my clients who are looking to change from eating an unhealthy food source regularly to not cut out, but crowd out that food.  This can be done by, consuming a healthier option before eating the energy draining and less than nutritious food.  An example...What if you eat a doughnut every morning?  How can you crowd that out?  The recommendation would be to first eat something healthy like a banana with a glass of water and then consider the doughnut if you are still hungry.  This is a slower process, but the goal is to implement a sustainable change.  I have found that clients will initially eat less of the doughnut and soon not even crave the doughnut.  This allows a way to begin to incorporate a healthier start to the day.

 

What are some food sources that increase your energy and vitality? 

Salmon, sea plants, bananas, coconut, lentils, eggs, kale, green tea, nuts, pumpkin seeds, blueberries, quinoa, chia seeds, and occasionally a square of organic dark chocolate that is 70% or higher in cacao.

Are foods that originate in a factory or foods that originate on a farm (ideally, free range, pasture raised, antibiotic and hormone free, grass fed, non-GMO, and organic) more energy producing?  The farm, right!  You are what you eat.  Food that is alive has a life force.  They are usually raw and will spoil if left out.  Ask yourself, if a microorganism can’t thrive on it, can I?

We are all bio-individuals. One person’s food can be another person’s poison (think food allergy or sensitivity).  Food that makes one person thrive might not make another person thrive.  There is no “one size fits all” diet/way of eating.  Everyone needs a different amount and variety of food to feel energized.  Which foods work best for your mind and body?  A helpful way to hone in on this would be to write down what you eat and drink in a given day.  Note how you feel emotionally and physically; 20 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours after you eat.  Write down the types of exercise you engage in, to help you understand the connection with what you have eaten and how energized you felt.

I have a sample of a Daily Nutrition and Exercise journal from my book on my website at www.abbymason.com under “Freebies”.

Having support is the key to any healthy transformation.  If you would like a free Health and Wellness Consultation, please reach out to me.  My contact number is 614-620-7420.  I would love to meet with you to discuss your goals for improved health and wellness, as well as, what might be getting in the way of you feeling an abundance of energy and vitality.

-Abby