5 Ways You Can Eat For More Energy
Are you in a low-energy rut? Sometimes it’s lack of sleep that’s the culprit, but other times – even if you’re getting your Zzzzs – you can fall into a vicious low energy cycle. And before you know it, you’re making frequent stops at Starbucks to kickstart your day. Make a few tweaks to increase your energy naturally without relying on caffeine or processed sugar.
Here are some of the ways that you can keep your energy level high all day.
- Drink apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has been tied to many health benefits, but did you know that increasing energy is also one of them? The amino acids contained in apple cider vinegar work to counter fatigue. Next time you’re feeling worn out, add a teaspoon or tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water or your smoothie and watch your energy level rise.
- Fuel up with fiber
Starting your day off with a breakfast containing fiber can help boost your alertness throughout the day. This is possibly because fiber takes longer to digest by slowing the absorption of food in the stomach, so blood sugar levels remain more steady for a longer period of time. Some great options are organic whole-grain toast or a bowl of oatmeal with ground flaxseed.
- Pick a protein
While protein isn’t going to give you the energy surge you would get from a macchiato, it’s in it for the long haul giving you lasting energy for hours to come. Include protein in your meals throughout the day for energy without the crashes. When it comes to my meals and snacks I always think to myself, “How can I add protein to this?”. This might be adding some lean meat, eggs, fish, beans, nuts/nut butter, hemp hearts, or a scoop of protein powder to the meal.
- Have more frequent meals
Rather than having three meals a day, it may be beneficial to some to eat smaller meals more frequently throughout the day. This allows you to maintain a higher, more stable blood sugar level throughout the day so you’re not experiencing the sugar highs and lows. Some people need that steady flow of fuel to provide them with energy. On the other hand, some people practice Intermittent Fasting and don’t eat until later in the day (skipping meals early in the day) and their energy is great – you may have to experiment with this one. *Always work with your healthcare practitioner and nutritionist when it comes to this.
- Go for a stroll
If you tend to get a mid-afternoon energy downturn, going for a short walk can invigorate the rest of your day. The next time you feel a coffee run coming on, head outside for a walk instead.
These are just a few ways that you can increase your energy. Start with one of these tips and over time you’ll begin to reap the benefits of lasting energy — all it takes is a few simple shifts in your habits.
What do you plan on implementing this week to try to maintain your energy throughout the day? I’d love to hear, leave a comment and let me know what you plan on doing!
With peace & love,