The Basics of a High Energy Diet
The foods you should choose to eat as a part of a high energy diet are specific foods that your body can turn into useful energy most efficiently.
Early in the study of nutritional science, it was thought that sugar— effectively found to be a pure body fuel— would be the best energy diet food. However, we now know that a high sugar diet lacks the micronutrients needed to turn the sugar into energy efficiently, and that we need complex carbohydrates
a lot more. We also know that too much sugar in our diet can severely disrupt blood sugar levels in our bodies, which can lead to diabetes.
The Search for High Energy Diets
Today, everyone seems to be looking for foods that allow the human body to function far more efficiently, maintain a stable blood sugar control, and provide an ideal supply of the many nutrients involved in maintaining a consistent energy level.
Not surprisingly, this line of inquiry has led us right back to the very foods we are meant to eat— unrefined, organic, nutrient-rich whole foods, with an emphasis on plenty of vegetables and fruit
The key points of a productive energy diet are:
- Avoid all refined sugars, including honey
- Avoid refined carbohydrates including white bread, biscuits, cakes, white rice, and other processed foods
- Avoid coffee, tea, and cigarettes. Limit your alcohol intake
- Eat more vegetables, raw or lightly cooked— try to eat at least four servings per day
- Have three pieces of fresh fruit a day
- Eat more lentils, nuts, seeds, and whole grains
- Eat more fresh fish
- Drink Plenty of water (at least 64 ounces per day)
- Drink herbal teas or diluted, unsweetened fruit juices (remember: these cannot replace water in your diet!)
By eating these types of healthy foods as a part of your high energy diet, you will be able to maintain sufficient blood sugar levels for consistent energy, and avoid the peaks and troughs in blood sugar levels caused by consuming too much sugar.
In other words, the sugar crashes you experience happen when you do not eat a healthy diet. This kind of up and down energy can lead to diabetes
, as well as stimulate the release of stress-related hormones.
It’s Not What You Eat, it’s When
With any energy diet or program, when
you eat is equally as important as what you eat. The most essential meal of the day is breakfast. Many people skip breakfast or have a cup of coffee and a piece of toast, but this can slow weight loss
. What you eat for breakfast determines how you will feel for the rest of the morning, and the rest of the day as well. It is, however, also a mistake to eat so soon after waking that your digestive system is not yet fully functioning.
If you start your day with a glass of juice and at least fifteen minutes of light exercise, your appetite will soon swing into action and your energy levels will likely be at "peak" performance.
Try Eating it Raw
There is a growing belief among some nutritionists that a raw food diet
comprised of uncooked foods is the healthiest diet, because it most quickly allows for a high energy diet solution. Some even believe that raw foods have curative and health-promoting properties not provided by a diet containing cooked foods.
Typical cuisine includes using a lot of ginger, onions, garlic, mustard, mushrooms, and other herbs and spices to provide flavor to the raw foods. Meat is generally avoided, unless it is properly dried and cured.
Much like anything else however, be certain to consult with your physician or a qualified health care professional before attempting high energy diets of any sort.