high and low energy foods
high energy foods are best eaten in their highest energy form, which is in raw state.
eating is sustainance- mostly, must also become medicinal
preventing and healing illness food, is medicinal
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Nearly all cases of mid-morning blahs, afternoon space-outs, and general exhaustion at work can be attributed to low blood sugar. If we grab a cup of coffee and a bagel at 7:30AM on our way to work, the caffeine and carbohydrates offer a powerful but short-lived energy boost. It's almost a guarantee that by 10:30AM we will be spacing out again.
This isn't to say that carbohydrates are bad; we still need them to live and for basic brain function.
A diet comprised mainly of carbo, however, is a recipe for ”a constant cycle of blood sugar highs, lows, and the accompanying feelings of exhaustion that go with them”.
A diet on protein, is a recipe for the “slow burning that keeps one going”. Ideally the blood sugar and energy levels should be slow and steady (as in protein), not swinging wildly up and down (as in carbo).
high energy breakfast menu
Some of the high protein breakfast foods to choose from:
-Eggs- Scramble, fry, poach, hard boil etc- high protein content and a good source of fat and vitamin A.
-Protein powder –add this in the cereal or beverage
-High protein breakfast cereal (eg kashi above), not just any cereal
-Peanut butter, sweetened with a little honey, instead of jelly on toast.
-Yogurt- a great source of protein and choose the plain/unsweetened type. The fruity kind is packed with sugar.
On snacks- eat food that is high in protein and complex carbohydrates.
Drink water regularly. The minor signs of dehydration include lethargy, headaches, muscle pain and a general sense of confusion. Water also helps us feel more energized. Link here
our body needs energy
wiki-Food energy is the amount of energy obtained from food that is available through cellular respiration. Food energy is expressed in kilojoules or food calories.
The human body uses the energy released by respiration for a wide range of purposes: about 20% of the energy is used for brain metabolism.
The rest of energy is used mainly for metabolic requirements of other organs and tissues.
Energy is also used for the production of mechanical energy by skeletal muscle to maintain posture and produce motion.
In cold environments, higher metabolism is needed to produce heat to maintain body temperature- higher metabolism will burn more calories, thus need more/ higher energy.
Carbohydrates, fiber, fats, proteins, organic acids, plyols and ethanol all release energy during metabolism—this is often called 'food energy'. When nutrients react with oxygen in the cells of living things, energy is released.
Avoid poor diet and learn to de-stress. It helps the body cope better.
High energy foods support the natural healing process. The more raw, the more healing they are.
Separate out our personal list of ‘good foods’ and ‘bad foods’. We need to know which foods give good nutrients for the body to naturally heal itself and which foods weaken the body’s immune system.
Recognize what foods and some of their symptoms. Eating an apple, for example, is generally good, but to a patient suffering from CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome), this may cause him pain, fatigue (tiredness), a sense of depression, itching eyes, headache, palpitations or other reactions.
The body tends to heal itself. To maximise that healing power, one must increase the overall vitality (energy) of the body, so that natural defences can fight whatever complex factors are causing illness.
‘High energy foods’ eliminate toxins and enable healthy absorption in the gut.
Scientific research has shown that raw vegetables not only boost immune function but actually kill the bad bacteria in the gut (bad bacteria overload is part of what is making us feel so ill).
High sugar food, chemical exposure, long time taking antibiotics, can kill off the beneficial flora in the gut (which is an important part of our immune system to fight illness).
Immune boosting foods are:
Immune boosting foods are:
-Take the highest energy food: Garlic
-By all means eat some dark chocolate (70% cocoa) now and then. No milk. Coco increase blood flow to the brain. It also creates a happy aura.
"Research findings indicate that milk may interfere with the absorption of antioxidants from chocolate ... milk may remove the potential health benefits from eating dark chocolate."
-Whole grains (which are not depleted of iron, vitamins and fiber)
-Pulses (beans) which contain fiber and nutrients
-Fresh fruit and vegetables, full of Vitamins C and E, beta carotene, fiber and natural sugars
-Low fats which do not deplete oxygen
-Fish rich in vitamins and Omega 3 (oily fish)
-Eggs rich in iron, zinc and magnesium
-White meat, cooked in unsaturated fat
-Olive oil and garlic (medicinally used since ancient times). Link here