The Energy Draining Lifestyle:
Today’s competitive environment where the race against time juggling your career, managing your relationships, staying committed to your fitness plans and finding time for rewind and reset, will leave you short of energy and drained. The sheer number of items in our to-do lists and the constant energy levels it demands can sap the fittest of the fittest. Paucity of time and the easy availability of high-energy foods, in the form of processed foods laden with sugar, salt and caffeine, sends your health for a toss and makes the roller coaster spikes and dips, more steeper.
Eating more isn’t the solution to combat fatigue. Your body converts food into blood sugar, or glucose to fuel the body functions and carbs convert most easily into this ready-to-burn fuel, keeping them top of your quick-energy grub. The problem is that some simple carbohydrates, like sugar, break down very quickly, increasing your blood sugar levels in a very short burst of energy and then spirals into a state of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), which causes fatigue, moodiness and mental fogginess. This is the place that most people hate being but unfortunately end up in.
Right Foods at the Right Time:
Most people eat the right energy food but get the timing, portion size and combinations all mixed up. An ideal blend would be food right in high carbs, moderate protein, and low fat. Having too much of too less of any would not give the desired results. Also ensure that you consume foods based on what activity you intend to utilize the fuel for. Most do the cardinal sin of stacking up the heaviest for dinner leaving all that energy produced underutilized.
You don’t have to go searching exotic and rare foods to get over the slumps. If you’re tired of being tired, start incorporating these foods into your diet more regularly.
11 Super Foods for sustained Energy all day long:
– Sweet Potato: High in carbohydrates and loaded with beta-carotene (vitamin A) and vitamin C.
– Honey: Low on the glycemic index, a time-released muscle fuel and helps replenish muscles.
– Bananas: Composed mostly of sugars (glucose, fructose and sucrose) and fiber.
– Apples: High in fiber, longer to digest, prolonged energy release.
– Oranges: High in vitamin C, potassium and folate. Slow release of energy. Pectin and fiber present in the fruit’s membranes.
– Spinach: An excellent source of iron, a key component of energy production in the body.
– Beans: Both a protein and a complex carb, they’re a must for both carnivores and vegetarians.
– Almonds: Copper and manganese play an essential role in keeping energy flowing throughout the body by neutralizing toxins within cells. Riboflavin aids oxygen-based energy production.
– Salmon: High omega-3 fatty acid content lowers cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease. Also contains protein and vitamin B6, niacin and riboflavin—all of which help convert the food you eat into energy.
– Yogurt: Rich in magnesium, which is crucial for the release of energy, yogurt also adds a dose of calcium to your diet. Enjoy it post-workout to help replenish your glycogen sources.
– Eggs: A whopping 97% of protein from eggs can be absorbed by your body. Contains essential amino acids that your body uses to rebuild and repair muscle.
Your mind is constantly projecting ¯ projectingitself. Your mind is constantly interfering withreality, giving it a color, shape and form which isnot its own. Your mind never allows you to seethat which is; it allows you to see only that whichit wants to see.Just twenty years ago, scientists used to thinkthat our eyes, ears, nose and our other senses,and the mind, were nothing but openings toreality, bridges to reality. But within twenty years¯ the last twenty years ¯ the wholeunderstanding has changed. Now they say oursenses and the mind are not really openings toreality but guards against it. Only two percent ofreality ever gets through these guards into you;ninety-eight percent of reality is kept outside.And the two percent that reaches you and yourbeing is no longer the same; it has to passthrough so many barriers, it has to conform to somany mind things, that by the time it reachesyou it is no longer itself.Meditation means putting the mind aside so thatit no longer interferes with reality and you cansee things as they are. Why does the mindinterfere at all? ¯ because the mind is created bysociety. It is society's agent within you; it is notin your service, remember! It is your mind but itis not in your service; it is in a conspiracyagainst you. It has been conditioned by society;society has implanted many things in it. It isyour mind, but it no longer functions as a servantto you; it functions as a servant to society.If you are a Christian then it functions as anagent of the Christian church, if you are a Hinduthen your mind is Hindu, if you are a Buddhistyour mind is Buddhist. And reality is neitherChristian nor Hindu nor Buddhist; reality issimply as it is. And you have to put these mindsaside: the communist mind, the fascist mind, theCatholic mind, the Protestant mind....There are three thousand religions on the earth ¯big religions and small religions and very smallsects and sects within sects ¯ three thousand inall. So there exist three thousand minds, types ofmind ¯ and reality is one, and God is one, andtruth is one! Meditation means: put the mindaside and watch. The first step ¯ love yourself ¯will help you tremendously. By loving yourselfyou will have destroyed much that society hasimplanted within you. You will have become freerfrom the society and its conditioning.And the second step is: watch ¯ just watch.Buddha does not say what has to be watched ¯everything! Walking, watch your walking. Eating,watch your eating. Taking a shower, watch thewater, the cold water falling on you, the touch ofthe water, the coldness, the shiver that goesthrough your spine ¯ watch everything, today,tomorrow, always.A moment finally comes when you can watcheven your sleep. That is the ultimate inwatching. The body goes to sleep and there isstill a watcher awake, silently watching the bodyfast asleep. That is the ultimate in watching.Right now just the opposite is the case: yourbody is awake but you are asleep. Then you willbe awake and your body will be asleep. The bodyneeds rest but your consciousness needs nosleep. Your consciousness is consciousness; it isalertness, that is its very nature.Osho, The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha,Vol. 5, Talk #5
Great list! Almost all of these are regular staples in my diet. I don't necessarily agree with the low fat concept for all people, but I love your list of energizing foods! -From a fellow CureJoy expert! (Megan Lyons)