There is a popular saying about computers; garbage in garbage out meaning incorrect or poor-quality input will produce faulty output. In a similar way, whatever you eat, imparts your overall health. Your body runs off what you feed it. The best way to get the most energy from your food is to make sure you are giving yourself the best food possible.
Besides what you eat, when you eat can also affect your energy. Did you ever notice how you feel sluggish after a big lunch or dinner? That’s because your body is using its energy to digest that big meal instead of powering the rest of your body.
The easiest way to avoid the post-meal coma is to eat several smaller-portioned meals throughout the day. This will keep your body fuelled regularly and may even help you lose weight.
It’s true that quick meals like burgers and fries might be comforting while you’re eating it, its nutritional value is low. Processed foods, such as some packaged or canned foods, candy, boxed meals, and precooked meats are typically full of preservatives, additives, sodium, Trans fat, and artificial ingredients that may slow you down.
When it comes to drinking coffee, moderation is key. Although it provides a short-term boost, it doesn’t actually provide the body with energy.
The first sips may give you a jolt, but if you’re not providing your body with good nutrition and balanced meals and snacks, you’ll eventually feel run down.
If you must have your fix, opt for black coffee or unsweetened tea. Sodas and energy drinks can be full of refined sugar and artificial ingredients that can cause you to crash, and lead to other health issues if over consumed.
Fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables
The fresher your food is, the more nutrients it will contain. Eating in-season fruits and vegetables means they ripened naturally.
Red meats add saturated fat to your diet. Leaner meats, like chicken, turkey, and fish, still provide quality protein, but contain less saturated fat. Fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon and tuna, can add beneficial, heart healthy fats.
Whole grains and complex carbs
Just like processed foods, refined carbohydrates like sugars and white flour add little nutrition. Choosing whole grain foods and complex carbohydrates ensures that your body gets the full benefits of the hull of the grain that add fibre to your diet.
Nuts and seeds are some of the best foods to beat fatigue and fight hunger. Getting a variety of nuts and seeds in your diet can provide healthy nutrients and energy.
Try almonds, cashews, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds. It’s better to eat raw, unsalted versions. Interestingly, you can eat it on the go.
Drinking water is essential for optimal functioning of the body. Although water doesn’t provide energy in the form of calories, it helps facilitate the energetic processes in the body, which is an energy boost in itself.
Sip on water throughout the day, and try to swap out sodas, coffee, and other drinks for a glass of water. This simple change can make a big difference, and you’ll feel better before you know it.
Researchers compared bananas to carbohydrate sports drinks in cyclists who needed sustained energy for their long rides. They found that the banana offered just as much fuel to the riders as the drink. Bananas, right?
Turns out, bananas are rich in potassium, fiber, vitamins, and the perfect amount of carbohydrates that provide you with a big boost of natural energy.
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