Food is energy, and as we tackle mid-life, our eating habits can make or break our natural energy flow.
We’ve all had the experience of rushing to eat anything handy just to keep ourselves going because we don’t have time to enjoy a relaxed, nutritious meal.
When you eat, notice how you feel an hour or two later. This is a major clue to indicate if you are fueling your body properly.
We feel tired and stressed, so we grab a cup of coffee or a sweet treat to give us a burst of energy, only to feel an hour or so later that our fuel tank is empty again. Then we’re back where we started at the bottom of the energy roller coaster.
Processed sugar is the most common culprit here. It’s a drug that gives us the desired boost, but then quickly depletes our energy, and a vicious cycle begins as we grab again for something sweet. This cycle, if it becomes a habit, can wreak havoc on the body and lead to diabetes and other chronic diseases.
When you eat, notice how you feel an hour or two later. This is a major clue to indicate if you are fueling your body properly. Natural food brings sustained energy. Processed food leaves you feeling depleted and tired.
Of course, we don’t always have time to prepare a healthy meal. But we can strike a balance here. If you don’t always have time to cook, or – like me – frequently prefer to use your time in other ways, buy quick, healthy foods to keep on hand, such as nuts, cheese, veggies, and healthy snack bars like Lara Bars, which are made with whole foods only.
Real, natural food is medicine – nature’s pharmacy – and doesn’t have to be prepared in any elaborate way to be healthful. In fact, minimal preparation often retains the nutrients more fully. We will discuss in more detail here some of nature’s most healthy foods and how they can help us live in energy balance.
I’d love to hear your stories about your relationship with food. Good food is critical to a healthy life, so we need to maintain this relationship to our best advantage, and I’m here to offer you feedback and support in your efforts. Please leave a comment below.