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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Diet Right & Feel The Energy!

Finding the right combination of foods in your diet isn't always so easy.  But choosing the healthy options are essential to increasing your energy throughout your day.

PAY ATTENTION to how your energy levels are affected by what you are eating.  Be sure to eat every few hours to sustain your energy levels and keep blood sugar levels even.  No spikes mean no crashes!  Keep your food choice natural and fresh too.  Boxed and processed foods rarely contain the same amounts of natural energy.

Proper HYDRATION is so important for your diet too!  This helps for the swift exit of toxins and draining wastes.  Think you're already drinking enough water? You're probably wrong! :-P According to dietician Ashley Koff, R.D., our exact water needs vary from person to person and suggests consuming half your body weight in ounces each day!

Eating BREAKFAST is just that...a break from your night fast.  So you can't skip it!  Breakfast let's your body know that you are awake and ready to go for anything your day may bring.  The ideal meal includes plenty of protein, a smaller portion of carbs, and some healthy fat.  The high protein will help in keeping you full longer.  Breakfast suggestions: fresh berries with some low fat greek yogurt; oat-based cereal or oatmeal with ground flaxseed; scrambled egg and veggies in a low-card high-fiber wrap.

If you're like me, it's the snacks that sneak up on you!  Get around this by planning a few small snacks in between meals.  Something as simple as un-sweetened dried fruit and some nuts can boost energy levels and keep hunger at bay.

Include GREEN or WHITE TEA in your daily routine.  Both contain high levels of antioxidants.  White tea contains even more than green as it is a less mature form of green tea leaves and therefore less processed and handled.  The simple relaxation of preparing tea and taking the 5 minute break from life to reset can contribute to sustained energy levels as well.




Good Luck & Happy Healthy Dieting!

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