GOOD FOOD = GOOD MOOD
The food we eat is used to make the energy required for every function in the body …from walking and taking to digesting and breathing. But why do we often complain of lack of energy, or of feeling irritable and listless? The answer lies in the type of foods that make our daily diet.
As well as water and air, we require a constant regular intake of food to provide the major source of energy for movement, breathing, heat regulation, heart function, blood circulation and brainpower. It is staggering to realize that, even at rest, our brain uses approximately 50% of the energy that is derived from the food we consume, and considerably more than that when we actively engage our minds, such as in a period of intense work or when sitting an exam.
How does food become energy?
Every cell contains several mitochondria. Here, the constituent parts of food undergo a series of chemical reaction, producing energy as ATP. In this way, each cell acts like a tiny power plant. It is interesting to note that the number of mitochondria we have in each of our cells is dependent upon our energy needs. If we exercise regularly, the number of mitochondria increases to meet the demand for higher energy production. Conversely, leading a sedentary lifestyle will lead to a decrease of energy output efficiency. These chemical reactions require the presence of a large number of nutrients, each of which is specific to different parts of the process of energy production. Apart from the importance of an individual food’s nutrient content, it is also vital to eat certain types of food. In order to obtain sustained energy, a balance of complex carbohydrates, essential fatty acids and proteins needs to be eaten.
The most important nutrients required for energy production are the B complex group of vitamins. Deficiencies in B complex can often be underlying cause of poor adrenal gland function which results in energy slumps. Other metabolism – boosting nutrients include vitamin C, magnesium, zinc, iron, co-enzyme Q10 and the herbal plant Astragalus.
TOP ENERGY BOOSTERS
SPROUTS – if you follow my page you see that many times I am speaking about sprouts. Yes, all types of sprouts (seeds of legumes or grains that have been germinated) are high – energy, life – enhancing foods that help improve, revitalize, strengthen and regenerate your body! They contain a high concentrate of antioxidants as well as all the traces minerals, plus protein, enzymes and fibre.
GRAINS – they release sugar slowly and give you a steady flow of energy instead of a quick high followed by a low. They are also rich in B complex
SEAWEED – are the highest digestible sources of all minerals as well as energy- boosting vitamins B and C
PARSLEY – powerhouse! Contains high levels of vitamin B12, more vitamin C than citrus fruits!
HOW TO DEAL WITH ENERGY SLUMP?
Afternoon energy slumps are sign of poor adrenal function, poor metabolism of carbohydrates and sugars, natural or otherwise as well as nutrients depleted foods.
REDUCE your intake of sugar, caffeine and dairy foods at lunch and opt instead for brown rice, legumes, yams and sunflower seeds. Snack on sprouted seeds too for a quick pick-me-up.
You can also feed your adrenals with the vitamin B complex.
Skip your chocolate bar and make for yourself healthy chocolate balls!
All you need:
– A glass of cooked chickpeas
– glass of some nuts (I used WALNUTS, HAZELNUTS, ALMONDS)
– 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
– little bit of coconut oil and milk (in case is too dry and difficult make balls)
– Agave nectar or honey to taste
– coconut flakes
Blend all ingredient till you get thick smooth texture. Make balls and dress with coconut flakes.
A good afternoon snack, with 2 small balls you can feel pretty full.
It’s small and healthy but still has calories
YES -healthy calories but don’t get crazy and leave something for your friends,kids or partner.