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Your life will turn out differently if you eat well and understand about food. What we eat affects everything. Think about it – what we eat goes into our digestive system, gets digested and then absorbed by our blood, becomes our blood, our blood feeds and creates our cells, our tissues, our organs, our thoughts, our moods and ultimately our choices. You will think and choose differently based on what you eat.

Our life really depends on the choices we make, our nourishment includes the food we eat, but also the choices how we live our lives- incl. our work, our relationships. Everything that we take in is food for our body, mind, spirit and the choices we make can energize or drain us, like work or people can energize or drain us. The body is amazing and constantly trying to find balance, so trust your intuition. There is a lot of confusion out there and an overload of books and information, but it is best if you find out individually what gives YOU the most energy and clears out any imbalances so that you can live a happier and healthier life.

Top 7 Ways to Increase Your Energy

  1. Reduce or eliminate caffeine. The ups and downs of caffeine include dehydration and blood sugar swings, making mood swings more frequent.
  2. Drink water. Most People are chronically dehydrated, and tend to eat when really they are thirsty, not hungry. Before you go to sugar or caffeine, have a glass of water and wait a few minutes to see what happens. Caution: soft drinks are now the number one source of added sugar.
  3. Eat dark leafy green vegetables. Green is associated with spring, time of renewal, refreshing, vital energy. They are full of vitamins and nutrients and great for improving circulation, lifting the spirit, purifying the blood and strengthening the immune system. Broccoli, collards, bok choy, kale, mustard greens, broccoli rabe, arugula and dandelion greens are some of the many to choose from.
  4. Use gentle sweets. Avoid sugar and chemicalized, artificial sweeteners. Use gentle sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, brown rice syrup, agave nectar and stevia. Also eat sweet vegetables such as yams, carrots and beets.
  5. Get physical activity. Start with simple activities, like walking or yoga – start with 10 minutes a day and increase.
  6. Get more sleep, rest and relaxation. When you are tired or stressed, your body will crave energy. These cravings are often a result of being sleep deprived, going to bed late, waking up early, for months and years on end.
  7. Evaluate the amount of animal food you eat. Eating too much meat, dairy, chicken and eggs can lead to low energy. So you can be eating too little!

Experiment.
Respect your body's individuality.

One person has commented on this article.
No.1  You are what you eat
Thank you for reminding me,
pura vida...Lise from Montreal, Quebec.Canada.
Langlois (Registered) • 2008-08-01 10:26:27
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