Eat For Energy

I just got back from the gym and boy was it a workout! I went to a bag class (working out with a punching bag) and for 45 minutes I focused on how my body moved, how quickly or not so quickly I got tired with certain exercises and how my muscles reacted with particular moves. The point behind these classes is not only to get fit, but to build up muscle memory so that as you get more advanced, your body moves quicker and you become more agile.

I did this all barefoot. Why barefoot? Going barefoot wakes up your senses and you become more aware of your surroundings, making it easier to feel how the body reacts to things.

I really enjoyed it.

There was a time, not too long ago, that I used to dread working out. Not because I didn’t like how I felt afterwards, but because I just didn’t have the energy to get motivated to do it. Not having the energy made it harder to lose weight.

Or so I thought.

The reality was, my food was draining my energy and causing me to gain weight.

When I switched over drinking green smoothies for breakfast my energy level started going up. The more raw foods I ate, the more energy I had.

I finally had the energy to WANT to exercise.

And it felt GOOD!

I was reminded of this while in the bag class today. How good it feels to work out now.

Funny thing is, I struggled for years to find the solution to getting more energy. Just to be able to function throughout the day.

Tweet: It doesn’t matter how much you workout, if you are not eating right, it’s harder to lose weight. @NatMarieCollins

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I’m all about making things easier on myself.

Losing weight was HARD when I wasn’t eating right.

Especially since I didn’t have any energy to start with.

So, my secret was starting with green smoothies. They helped to elevate my energy so I actually wanted to exercise.

In fact, I had so much energy I had to go running almost daily just to balance it out. How’s that for change?!?

What are some of the best foods and tips for energy?

  1. Natural, raw, plant based foods. Dairy and meat will weigh you down, so if you want to feel lighter, you’ve got to eat lighter. I don’t mean lighter as in less food, just not heavy foods, like fried and baked goods. They drain your energy. Fast.
  2. Fruits, such as bananas, apples, peaches, dates, grapes and raisins have a higher natural sugar content and will help give you a boost without unnatural stimulants.
  3. Replace one meal a day with a smoothie or shake made from whole, natural ingredients. This gives your body a break from digesting heavier foods and will help you feel more energized.
  4. Replace your sweets with raw dessert treats, like raw brownies and raw chocolate. This causes less of that dreaded “sugar spike and crash” and no more sugar coma. In fact, raw desserts help to energize you, naturally!
  5. Stay away from sugary drinks. I know you hear this a lot, but it’s true. Replace it with things like water and fresh squeezed juices. If you don’t like the taste of water, try adding in some lemon juice or a drop of essential peppermint oil for flavor (or any other essential oil you choose).

Simple. Easy. Effective.

You just have to do it.

Do you have any great natural energy tips you would like to share? Post it in the comments below.

Hugs,

Natalie Marie

 

 

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Written by Natalie Collins
Natalie Marie Collins is a certified Raw Food Nutritionist and Brilliant Business Coach. She is passionate about how easy it is to change your body, lose weight and glow with fresh whole foods.