Eating for Energy: 5 Tips to Try Today

At PoleBody, I'm always talking about eating (and living) in a way that creates more energy in your life. If you're dragging by mid-afternoon, can't get out of bed in the morning, or find yourself skipping your workout because you just can't work up the energy for it...it's time to look at your diet.

Luckily, there are some really simple steps you can take today to start eating in a way that creates lasting, consistent daily energy. Give them a shot and let me know how they work!

  1. Eat regularly. Skipping meals is a recipe for low energy! Instead, ensure that you're eating on a regular schedule to keep your blood sugar stable and minimize energy crashes. I usually teach clients to aim for about every three hours or so, but you may find that you're happiest with three solid meals a day. Either way, no skipping.
     
  2. Eat a good breakfast. This goes hand-in-hand with #1. If you often find yourself grabbing coffee and a granola bar in the morning or having a quick bowl of cereal (or, um, skipping entirely), remember that your breakfast is the foundation for the rest of the day. Eat a meal with "good carbs," protein, and healthy fats to ensure that you're starting your day on solid ground.
     
  3. Limit caffeine. Sounds counter-intuitive, since we tend to reach for coffee or a soda when we want a burst of energy, but doing so habitually tends to put strain on your nervous system, throws off sleep cycles, and ultimately causes more fatigue. Limit caffeine intake to one or two cups of coffee or tea in the morning and avoid grabbing more for an afternoon pick-me-up. Instead...
     
  4. Choose afternoon snacks with protein, fiber, and/or healthy fats. It's not a candy bar or a soda you need to get through the day--it's food with actual staying power. Try a handful of nuts, veggies with hummus, a green smoothie, or a hardboiled egg to help rejuvenate your body in the afternoon.
     
  5. Avoid fast food (and processed junk in general). If you tend to eat a lot of fast food, it's time to stop. Whole foods (which are packed with health-promoting vitamins and minerals) give your body accessible energy to boost you up. On the other hand, fast food and packaged products tend to be high in sodium and chemicals and low in nutrition. Avoid these and you'll be less likely to experience an energy drain after eating.

Need help putting some of these tips into action? Take a look at the current PoleBody Programs and see how I might be able to support you!