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How to have more energy all day - What and when to eat.

Updated: Jun 7

Imagine your body as a car, navigating the winding roads of life's busy schedule. Just like a car needs fuel to keep moving forward, your body requires the right nutrients to power through your busy days. Now, picture your current diet as low-grade gasoline—sure, it might get you from point A to point B, but it leaves you sputtering and running on empty before you even reach halfway through the day.

But what if you could upgrade to premium fuel? What if  your tank was running on high-quality, nourishing nutrients that not only sustained your hunger but also propelled you with lasting energy.

Food has a direct impact on our energy and our performance. A poor decision at lunch can derail an entire afternoon.

Grabbing a donut for lunch because of your hectic schedule only to hit a wall of fatigue and irritability by mid afternoon, makes it challenging to keep up with your kids' activities or stay engaged in important meetings.

 Just as premium fuel keeps a car running smoothly, choosing the right foods you can revitalize your body, transforming fatigue and exhaustion into energy and productivity.

Your  journey towards better nutrition isn't about adding more to your to-do list; instead, you're simply upgrading what's already there, swapping out empty calories for nutrient-rich foods that fuel your body and mind. 

How it works:

In the busy hustle of everyday life, understanding how what you eat affects your energy levels is like deciphering the engine behind your car's performance. 

When you consume food, especially carbohydrates like grains, fruits, and vegetables, your body breaks them down into glucose, which serves as fuel for your cells. Think of glucose as the gasoline that powers your car. Now, here's where it gets interesting: not all carbohydrates are created equal.

Imagine eating a sugary pastry for breakfast versus a bowl of oatmeal with berries. The sugary pastry is like pouring a cup of cheap, quick-burning gasoline into your car's tank. It might give you a temporary burst of energy, but it quickly fizzles out, leaving you feeling drained and sluggish.

On the other hand, the oatmeal with berries is like filling your tank with high-quality, slow-burning fuel. The complex carbohydrates in the oatmeal provide a steady stream of glucose, similar to a reliable, fuel-efficient engine. This sustained release of energy keeps you feeling full and focused throughout the morning, without the crash.

Similarly, the type of fats and proteins you consume also plays a role in your energy levels. Healthy fats, like those found in avocados and nuts, act as your reserve tank, providing you with a long-lasting source of energy when your glucose levels dip. Lean proteins, such as chicken or tofu, help stabilize your blood sugar levels, preventing spikes and crashes.

By making mindful choices about what you eat, you can optimize your body's fuel efficiency, ensuring smooth sailing through even your busiest of days. So, next time you're faced with a meal choice, think of it as tuning up your engine for peak performance, and fuel your body with the nutrients it needs to thrive.

What to eat and when - Balanced eating

In the fast-paced world of busy women, having more energy all day is not just a desire—it's a necessity. And the key to unlocking this energy lies in the concept of balanced eating.

Picture your body as a finely tuned machine, requiring the right blend of nutrients to function at its best. Just as a car needs a mix of gasoline, oil, and coolant to run smoothly, your body thrives on a balanced diet that includes carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals.

When you choose balanced meals and snacks, you're essentially filling up your body's fuel tank with premium-grade gasoline, ensuring optimal performance from morning to night. Complex carbohydrates provide the steady release of glucose needed for sustained energy, while lean proteins and healthy fats act as stabilizers, preventing spikes and crashes.

Often the women I work with tell me they skip breakfast thinking they are saving themselves time and then find they are battling brain fog and low energy by mid morning and struggling to stay focused on their tasks or keep up with their toddlers' boundless energy.

By starting your day with a balanced breakfast—a hearty bowl of oatmeal topped with berries and a side of Greek yogurt. You set the tone for steady energy throughout the morning, keeping you focused and productive without the mid-morning slump. 

Instead of grabbing  greasy fast food  to save time at lunch try opting for a balanced meal, such as a colorful salad with grilled chicken or a whole-grain wrap with avocado and veggies, this will ensure that your energy levels remain steady and your mood stays uplifted.

And when it's time to refuel in the evening, a balanced dinner rich in lean proteins, healthy fats, and fiber-rich vegetables provides the perfect ending to a day of sustained energy, allowing you to unwind and recharge for the day ahead.

By embracing the concept of balanced eating, you're not only fueling your body for optimal performance but also nurturing your overall health and well-being. So, the next time you're feeling overwhelmed by the demands of your busy life, remember that your path to having energy all day  lies in creating a simple yet powerful habit of nourishing yourself with balanced meals and snacks.

Ready to upgrade your fuel and unlock lasting energy? Download my free resource “How to build a balanced meal and spend less time in the kitchen” to kickstart your journey towards optimal nutrition and energy. Say goodbye to food fatigue and hello to vitality!


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