We all need food for survival. However, what and how you eat can make a difference in how much energy you feel. It can also make a difference in how good you feel and in your overall appetite for life.
Tip #1 – Hydrate Often
If you are getting dehydrated, you may feel fatigued, dizzy, lightheaded and easily confused. Even losing a small amount of hydration can impact how much energy you have and how well you feel. If you are physically active, don’t wait until you feel thirsty to start consuming hydrating drinks. Instead, drink approximately 6 to 8 ounces of liquid (water preferred) before you walk, play with your kids or get going. You should sip something about every 15 minutes and you should also drink another 6 to 8 ounces after you get done with your activities.
Tip #2 – Eat the Right Protein
Protein provides you with sustained energy. By comparison, carbs with provide you with a burst of short term energy. So, if you want energy for a short walk, an orange or whole wheat bread is a good choice. But if you want energy to push you through the entire day, lean protein is a better choice. Eating no more than .5 to .75 grams of lean protein per pound of body weight should provide you with enough for the entire day.
Tip #3 – Eat Healthy Fats
Research has repeatedly shown that antioxidants are critical for longevity and overall health. However, in order to unlock their power, it is important to also eat healthy fats. Omega 3 fatty acids interact with antioxidants to give you the full benefit and lots of energy. Two weekly servings of salmon, sardines or tuna can give you lots of omega 3 benefits. Eating walnuts, peanuts and almonds will also boost your omega 3 levels. Just make sure you’re not allergic to peanuts.
Tip #4 – Go for the Gorp
What used to be called old fashioned “Gorp” (good ol’ raisins and peanuts) now is sold as fancy fat-laden trail mix. However, you can make your own healthy gorp mix at home and eat this quick energy booster on the run. Mix 2 tablespoons of dried cranberries and a dozen almonds with half a cup of a whole grain cereal. This makes about one serving, so you can make it by the bagful and keep it as a healthy snack for you and the kids.
What are your favorite things to eat for energy?
– The Alternative Daily