11.Aug.2016

 

FOODS THAT ENERGIZE YOUR BODY

We all set goals with the best of intentions, but often times struggle to accomplish them. This is not because we don’t work hard and attempt to put our best foot forward. Most of us intend to attack our goals with the utmost conviction, but, more often than not, we lack the necessary energy to accomplish the task to the BEST of OUR ABILITY and TRUE POTENTIAL. Perhaps we aren’t lacking physical energy, maybe it’s mental energy or emotional energy. Regardless, when we lack energy, our ability to execute and meet those goals is impacted. Often this causes feelings of disappointment or discouragement and impedes all the hard work that was done. Having appropriate physical, emotional and mental energy is a critical component for each of us. 

Insufficient or sufficient energy begins from EACH and EVERY FOOD WE EAT DAILY! Our body is a set of systems that work simultaneously. In order for us to have appropriate energy we must feed the set of systems correctly. If you eat only processed foods, your body will reflect that via a lack of energy, lack of drive or poor physical and mental performance. On the other hand, if you eat nutrient rich whole foods that can be metabolized, your body will reward you with energy, focus and stellar athletic performance.  Certainly, we all want to reward our bodies, right?! After all, our bodies work hard for us. No matter what goals you’re working to achieve, properly energizing your body with optimal nutrition is the formula for success! Thankfully, there are numerous foods that will fuel your body with an abundance of energy. For now, here are several foods to add to your daily diet that ENERGIZE YOUR BODY:

LEMON WATER

  • Drinking lemon water gives you a good boost of vitamin C that aids your immune system.
  • Detoxifies the liver
  • Purifies the blood
  • Balances the body’s PH

How to drink it:  You can squeeze some fresh lemon juice into your water, or blend a peeled lemon using the pulp into a smoothie for a citrus treat that boosts your body’s energy!

DARK LEAFY GREENS

  • Dark leafy greens are a nutritional POWERHOUSE!
  • Greens have an abundance of chlorophyll phytonutrients. Those phytonutrients are healthy super powers for your body with powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • They also neutralize acid forming compounds caused from other foods. Acid in the body causes numerous problems. Eating more greens consistently creates a balance that will help offset the acidity in your body.
  • Greens are loaded with Vitamin K (this is an anti-inflammatory vitamin)

How to enjoy your greens: Raw or slightly sauteed greens are the best way to get maximum nutrients from greens. Making a large salad with your favorite ingredients tossed in some olive oil and a pinch of Celtic sea salt and fresh ground pepper is a delicious way to get your greens! If you saute them you want to cook them just until Al dente. Over cooking your veggies depletes them of nutrients. 

SMOOTHIES

Smoothies are one of my FAVORITE options to get a MEGA DOSE micro nutrient packed meal on the go!

  •  Loaded with essential vitamins and minerals
  •  A balanced meal that fuels your body CORRECTLY for sustained energy
  • Quick, easy and convenient meal in a snap
  • Good fiber content that helps regulate blood sugar levels

How to enjoy a properly balanced smoothie: Try switching up your morning routine and have a smoothie for breakfast! The best formula for a nutrient dense smoothie is some fruit (berries are a great choice), some organic leafy greens (baby greens taste EPIC) and a protein (like raw nuts, hemp seeds or a whole food protein of your choice). Here is a DELICIOUS smoothie recipe that is a great example of “properly balanced”:

  • 1/2 cup freshly frozen organic berries of choice
  • 1 apple
  • 3 cups of leafy greens
  • 1 cup of coconut water (plain cold water is great too)
  • 1 small peeled organic Meyer Lemon
  • 1 tbs. of raw hemp seeds or soaked raw almonds (raw almond butter works too)
  • 1 scoop sprouted pumpkin seed powder
  • 1 tbs. organic chia seeds

Blend all ingredients in your blender until smooth, and BAM you have a properly balanced meal on the go!

The key to ensuring sustainable energy so that you can execute your daily goals begins and ends with the way you fuel your body on a DAILY, CONSISTENT basis. You are in charge and hold the key to your success. Make EVERY bite count!

Cheers to an abundance of ENERGY,

Nicole

nicole@beyondweight4life.com

 

A1. 2x20 dying bugs
A2. 2x8 strict standing db press @21X1 (HAP)
*rest 60sec

B. 30min circuit @sustainable pace:
-12 box jump overs
-2 TGU/side (Heavy)
-45sec FLR on rings
-60' suitcase carry
-30sec left plank
-1 rope ascent
-30sec right plank
-1 wall walk

A1. 2x20 dying bugs
A2. 2x8 strict standing db press @21X1 (HAP)
*rest 60sec

B. 30min circuit @sustainable pace:
-12 box jump overs
-2 TGU/side (Heavy)
-45sec FLR on rings
-60' suitcase carry
-30sec left plank
-1 rope ascent
-30sec right plank
-1 wall walk