A carb-rich snack gives an instant energy boost, but fails you in the long run by sending blood sugar levels crashing just as fast as it rose. Stabilize blood sugar and focus on whole foods. Consume Vit C along with iron rich foods. Low GI foods and high alkaline foods are apt to boost energy. Keep a food journal to establish a blueprint of what works for your body.
While it’s tempting to reach for a carb-laden, sugary snack or a creamy latte to boost energy as you hit a lull in your day, it’s only setting you up to fail in the long run. These temporary energy sources send your blood sugar soaring wildly, only to crash just as rapidly as it rose.
The key to keeping your energy stable throughout the day is to fuel your body with nourishing foods that help keep your blood sugar stable.
10 Ways To Boost Energy Levels And Enjoy An Active Lifestyle
1. Stabilize Blood Sugar
You can do this by eating the right combination of healthy foods (vegetable or fruit + whole grain + lean protein + healthy fat + spices) and eating frequently. Most importantly, don’t skip meals!
2. Focus on Whole Foods
Forego packaged and processed foods in favor of fresh, whole foods that your body can easily identify and assimilate for energy.
3. Eat Healthy Fats
Increasing your intake of such healthy fats as avocado, flaxseed oil, coconut oil, and nuts help you achieve a “slow burn” that gives you sustained energy throughout the day.
4. Eat Low-GI Foods
You digest and metabolize low-glycemic-index foods slowly, which means you receive a steady energy boost from these foods. Oatmeal, barley, sweet potatoes, yam, beans and legumes and non starchy fruits and vegetables are low GI foods.
Consuming vitamin C-rich foods along with iron rich foods can boost the iron absorption.
5. Eat Iron-Rich Foods
Getting enough iron can be an issue that many women struggle with. When you are iron deficient, fatigue is a side effect. Increasing your intake of iron can help ward this off. Great plant sources include spinach, lentils, beans, and sesame seeds.
6. Stay Hydrated!
Dehydration and fatigue are closely tied. When you feel sluggish, drink more water. Adding a lemon wedge will have an alkalizing effect and make you feel even more refreshed.
7. Drink Apple Cider Vinegar
Exercise (and sometimes extreme stress) causes lactic acid to build up in the body, resulting in fatigue. The amino acids contained in apple cider vinegar can combat this. What’s more, apple cider vinegar is alkalizing and contains potassium and enzymes that help to boost energy levels.
8. Resist Sugar and Caffeine
Sugary foods and caffeinated beverages give you a temporary artificial boost of energy, but it’s not something that’s sustainable. Do all you can to avoid them lest you succumb to a roller-coaster ride.
9. Keep a Food Journal
Being mindful of what you eat and monitoring how it effects your energy levels can go a long way towards helping you establish a blueprint for what works for your body.
10. Set a Positive Intention
According to Ayurvedic tradition, setting a positive intention when preparing and consuming your food can help you receive more energy from what you eat. If nothing else, it lets you feel grateful at mealtimes for the miracle that is your body. And that, is certainly nourishing!