How to Get More Lasting Energy from Your Food

In a world full of highly processed foods, addictive fats and sugars, and mindless eating, the simple task of eating right can feel like an impossibly difficult task. Overeating is largely caused by these toxic habits that have become so ingrained into the fabric of our culture. However, when you choose to reject these cultural ills and learn to eat mindfully, you will be well on your way to healing your body and mind and experiencing more sustained energy.

Slow Down

Our hectic lives can lead to a variety of unhealthy habits. One of these is to eat on the go and scarf down our food so that we can move on to the next task. We seem to have forgotten that eating is one of the most important tasks you can perform each day. Our distant ancestors spent almost all their time and energy to procure the next meal. It is the life-sustaining task of all tasks. Slow down and give your meals the time and focus that they deserve. When you eat, you are giving your body vitality. Meals should be a sacred time where you can focus on the sensations that eating produces. Really notice each taste, each smell, and the many bursts of flavor that hit your tastebuds. Feel your body as it is replenished. Pause in gratitude for the life-sustaining food that you eat.

Eat More Greens

Green leafy vegetables are at the pinnacle of healthy foods. These powerhouses allow you to feel fuller and offer you a sustained source of energy. This is for multiple reasons. First, the high fiber in greens is difficult for your body to digest. Fiber fills you up and helps you to go longer without feeling hungry. Second, a reduction in sugar and a higher intake of healthy foods such as leafy greens will improve your mood and mental health. This helps to curb emotional eating. Finally, your body comes equipped with a nutrient gauge. When you eat foods that are low in nutrients, your body prompts you to continue eating until it gets the vitamins and minerals it craves. The vegetables commonly found in salads are dense in nutrients.

Eat Less Sugar

Sugar is an appetite stimulant. It increases cravings, spikes your insulin levels, overrides your natural satiety cues, and hijacks your body’s reward center. Each of these biological reactions to sugar lead to a desire to eat more, rather than making you feel full. Contrary to popular belief, consuming lots of sugar leads to lower energy levels in the long run, as your body burns through it quickly and crashes after. 

Learn to eat with purpose. Slow down and choose healthy foods most of the time. Doing so will give you more lasting energy and help you feel your best.

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