Putting the right kind of food into your body is crucial to being able to lead a healthy and successful life. The food we eat impacts more than just our physical health. It also impacts how we feel, think and act.Have you ever felt drowsy and low on energy after having a certain meal? Maybe you have felt the opposite and felt energized and ready to take on the world after eating a certain meal. If you have felt either of these then you know how eating different foods can make you feel different.
There are foods that weigh us down not only physically but mentally and emotionally too. Junk food definitely falls into this category. I doubt there are many people that eat a bag of chips and then feel like running a marathon after.
There are plenty of foods that fall into this category. We have all had that feeling after having had a turkey dinner or if not turkey then something else. Chances are that you know which foods make you feel like taking a nap.
I want to focus more on the foods that energize us and help support us to get through our days. Fruits and vegetables are definitely my go to food when I want to get some energy or feel better. They are light, full of vitamins and nutrients and taste delicious too.
More often than not, I usually start my day with a smoothie. My smoothies always have a banana in them and then the rest varies on how I feel that day. Bananas are a great way to get a boost of energy when starting your day. I usually add spinach or kale as they are both considered superfoods and are full of what our bodies need. Then I usually add whatever other fruits or vegetable I have around. This can vary between pineapple, apples, oranges, cucumber, celery, and many more.
I also add in a few other supplements to make sure I am starting my day right. I almost always add apple cider vinegar (ACV) and honey. ACV is a great way to keep my immune system strong and make sure I don’t get sick. Honey is full of nutrients and also helps keep infection away. I always add in hemp seeds as they are a great source of protein and also contain omega fatty acids.
Whenever I go work out or go to soccer I take fruits with me to eat afterwards. Our bodies burn a lot of energy when we are active and it is important to be able to replace that burned energy soon after we are done exercising. I usually just eat an apple or pear after my workout and that holds me over until I get home to eat a small meal. You don’t want to eat too much too soon as your body is still recovering from the workout.
Water is also very important. Making sure you are properly hydrated will go a long way in keeping you healthy. It will help prevent injuries when you exercise and can also keep headaches and other nuisances away. I have seen many people pull muscles on the soccer field and more often than not they were not properly hydrated.
Our bodies are made up of mostly water, so it is important we are always replenishing that source of life. If possible, make sure to drink filtered water.
I will be doing a FB live session on this topic tomorrow in my Healthy Living with Life Balance fb group on Wednesday May 24, 2017 at 12pm Noon GMT. Click on the group name to join in on the fun. I will go into more detail on how these foods affect us. This was just meant to be an intro.
Hope to see you there.