Tuesday, 27 December 2011
Foods That Give Us Energy
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It's really unfortunate that the vast majority of the population turns to stimulants instead of looking to whole foods for a boost of invigorating energy. I guess part of the problem is that humans are generally lazy and would rather take the "magic pill" to fix all their problems.
But when it comes to having more energy the irony is that the stimulating foods such coffee, sugar, and energy drinks actually fatigue your body in the long run. Sure they give you a quick jolt of energy but then their real effects are felt as they wear down your adrenal glands, disrupt your blood sugar, and create a huge crash after the initial high. Essentially they are drugs. They are not foods that give us energy.
Ok, then, what are some natural foods that will give you long-lasting energy?
Well, you may want to consider that no single food will give you more energy than your overall diet. Sure you could add in some of the energy foods I describe below, but if your diet is horrific to begin with, then you will not see the sustained level of energy that you want.
Instead of searching for "miracle" energy foods your goal should be to eat a diet that consists of foods that are vibrating at higher energies. This means eating more raw living foods. When a food has not been cooked, it maintains its natural energy properties (not to mention all of its other nutrients). Thus, when you eat raw foods, you're giving your body direct energy from the ultimate source - the sun - as most of these foods will be plant-based, and the sun is where they get their energy.
The closer you eat to the bottom of the food chain, the more nutrition and energy will you acquire. Think about it - it takes more of your energy to digest animal meat than it does to digest a green vegetable, right? Plus, this green veggie will have the maximum amount of living energy versus a dead animal carcass.
Thus, to have more energy, you need to follow a high energy diet. After that, you can start to knit pick and see which specific foods give you more energy, if at all.
To help you get started, here is a list of some my favourite energizing foods:
- wheat grass - if you haven't tried wheat grass then you're missing out on some big time energy and nutrition. Growing it and juicing yourself can be a bit of a pain but you can easily get a "shot" at most health food stores or juice bars. 1 oz of wheat grass juice packs more nutrition than 2.5 lbs of green leafy veggies!
- raw cacao (nibs or powder) - incredible source of magnesium, antioxidants, and life force. These give me a natural high that can last for hours without the subsequent like you would get from coffee and caffeinated beverages.
- goji berries - another incredible source of antioxidants and polysaccharides that improve cell-to-cell communication. I actually combine these with my raw cacao nibs and complementary tastes work really well together.
Remember that although these foods provide incredible nutrition they are the like the healthier version of coffee and other quick fixes. The key still remains to follow a raw foods diet, as much as possible, that will provide you with tons of life force, alkalinity, and nutrients to help your body thrive.
About the Author
Yuri Elkaim, BPHE, CK, RHN is one of the world’s leading holistic nutrition and health experts. If you want to lose weight and live your healthiest and most energetic life ever, then you can learn more about his raw food diet book, Eating for Energy and get started with a FREE 6-part Energy Secrets e-course by visiting Eating for Energy and Testimonial Today.
Training & Nutrition Insider Secrets for a Lean-Body, by Mike Geary (a $17.99 value)
A Good Why and How on Nutrition, March 13, 2009
By Kelly Klepfer (Iowa) posted on Amazon.com
"If you are serious about making nutritional changes and curious about why that's a good idea, you should consider looking into Eating for Energy. With loads of information on the benefits of eating raw plant foods, Yuri Elkaim, presents very compelling reasons to make the suggested changes in your lifestyle.
He provides several recipes and details on specific products and supplements.
If you are coming from a fast food lifestyle and are casually considering making some changes for the better this information could overwhelm you as it is a step up from simply eating healthier and/or organic. However, it is a valuable tool if you really want to change your future health and your life.
I read it and found the it easy to read."
A new lifestyle, September 17, 2008
By Breeni Books "www.breenibooks.com" (Rockwell, NC) posted on Amazon.com
"It is common knowledge that illness and obesity are plaguing North America in frightening degrees. We know it must be related to foods we are ingesting, but with so much conflicting information on the market, usually tainted by self-serving advertisers, it can be difficult to choose a diet that is truly wholesome and beneficial to our health. Yuri Elkaim's Eating for Energy provides some encouraging information about a "back to basics" approach to eating that just may save lives.
As an athlete, Elkaim found that the diet he was consuming, which was high in fruits, vegetables, and protein, was not providing him with the energy he expected. His studies in Holistic Nutrition led him to discover a new way of viewing how the human body processes food. As a fitness and nutrition coach, he developed a diet based on whole foods that eliminates many of the toxins that are so detrimental to our health.
Eating for Energy begins with quite a bit of scientific information. Elkaim explains how diffferent foods interact with the human body, breaking the foods down into their smallest particles. He demonstrates why some foods were not meant for human consumption, and how the chemical makeup of certain foods is altered during the cooking process, negatively affecting the nutritional value.
Elkaim's reasoning makes perfect sense. He explains why some people who believe themselves to be nutritionally fit are still plagued with health concerns and excess body fat. He also explains why someone who appears to be physically fit may not necessarily be healthy.
He provides a section specifically for athletes who may require a high caloric intake. There is a 12-week meal plan for transitioning to a whole foods diet. He closes the book with pages of recipes for dishes included in the meal plan. The book is incredibly thorough and contains all the information the reader will need to embark on this new lifestyle.
There is a catch, however, in that many of the foods and supplements the author touts so highly may not be available at your local grocer. You'll most likely need to visit a health food store for the supplements. Many of the fruits and vegetables are difficult to find, as well, especially since the goal is to find them organically grown and unprocessed. High cost grocers and specialty stores like Trader Joes will be a necessity to adhere to the diet completely, unless you have access to a farmer's market with organically grown produce year round.
Eating for Energy is well-written and easy to understand. However, the formatting makes it difficult to read at times. The font is very small and close together, and the margins should be widened so the reader does not have to break the spine of the book to be able to read across an entire paragraph. This is especially applicable to the recipe pages, where the reader may need to prop the book open and have their hands free while cooking.
Eating for Energy is an impressive nutritional guide. Even implementing parts of Elkaim's advice without adopting the entire plan can be beneficial to readers. Understanding how the body processes food is an important step in nutritional health. Perhaps as more people adopt an organic, whole foods diet, grocers will begin to make these types of foods more readily available."
Good read, good to go back and reference, July 24, 2008
By Reader (Toronto, Canada) - posted on Amazon.com
"A friend recommended this book to me. I've been hesitant to read it or make too many changes to my diet because I'm happy with my health and my weight. I am SO GLAD I read this book. It has changed many opinions and misconceptions I had. I definitely have more energy now and I reference the recipes frequently."
Game changing book, July 23, 2008
By Health nut (Toronto, Canada) - posted on Amazon.com
"This book was a game changer for me. I have learned how an organic and raw diet can affect your energy level, lifestyle and long term health. I will never move to a total vegan diet, but I have reduced the amount of red meat in my diet significantly and started to add other raw based green vegtables, legumes and nuts. In addition, with the recipes in the back, its easy to create fun, unique and tasty meals. I highly recommend this book."
Greatest Nutrition Book Ever!!!, July 9, 2008
By Foodmaniac "Adam" (Australia) - posted on Amazon.com
"This book is a real eye opener. Has some amazing facts on raw foods, dairy, meats and how what we eat, can either increase our energy or even give us certain diseases.
Lots of recipes, free newsletters and ongoing support from the Author.
Give it a shot!"