24.Oct.2014

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 REAL WHOLE FOODS which 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 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 with the pulp (juice of fresh lemon works, too) 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 is always the best way to get the most nutrients from dark leafy 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 can’t stand raw leafy greens, you can slightly sauté or steam them too.

SMOOTHIES

This is my FAVORITE way to get a MEGA DOSE 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 dark leafy greens 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 cup freshly frozen organic strawberries (any berry of your choice works)

                1 apple

                3 cups of leafy greens

                1 cup of coconut water (plain cold water is great too)

                2 tbs. fresh lemon juice

                2-3 tbs. of raw hemp seeds or soaked raw almonds (raw almond butter works too)

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. You are in charge and hold the key to your success so make each bite count!

Cheers to an abundance of ENERGY!

Nicole

Beyond Weight-4-Life

nicole@beyondweight4life.com

 

A.

3 x 3 squat clean (build per set) *do NOT TnG

*rest 90 sec b/w sets

B.

LuRong WOD 7 

7 Minute AMRAP: (login and watch the standards video here)

Athletes will have 7 minutes to complete as many reps as possible. The workout rep scheme and movements are as follows:

  • 6 Handstand Push Ups/Hand Release Push Ups/Hand Release Push Ups (From Knees)
  • 8 American KB Swings/Russian KB Swings
  • 12 Sumo Deadlift High Pulls/Sumo Deadlifts
Men
Level III (3)
6 Hand Stand Push Ups
8 American Kettle Bell Swings with 70 lb KB
12 Sumo Deadlift High Pulls with 70 lb KB
Level II (2)
6 Hand Release Push Ups
8 American Kettle Bell Swings with 53 lb KB
12 Sumo Deadlift with 53 lb KB (No High Pull)
Level I (1)
6 Hand Release Push Ups from the Knees
8 Russian Kettle Bell Swings with 35 lb KB
12 Sumo Deadlift with 35 lb KB (No High Pull)
 
Women
Level III (3)
6 Hand Stand Push Ups
8 American Kettle Bell Swings with 53 lb KB
12 Sumo Deadlift High Pulls with 53 lb KB
Level II (2)
6 Hand Release Push Ups
8 American Kettle Bell Swings with 35 lb KB
12 Sumo Deadlift with 35 lb KB (No High Pull)
Level I (1)
6 Hand Release Push Ups from the Knees
8 Russian Kettle Bell Swings with 18 lb KB
12 Sumo Deadlift with 18 lb KB (No High Pull)