Simple Ways To Fuel Your Body With Real Food: Best Foods For Energy
The first thing you need to do when you want to get energized is eat real food. You have to have it available in your diet if you are going to stay healthy. There are many types of foods that provide energy, but there are certain foods that will give you the most bang for your buck.
If you are looking for ways to make sure you get enough calories, then these foods will definitely do the trick.
You may think that eating lots of fruits and vegetables would be good for your health, but they aren’t necessarily the best choices for fueling up. Fruits and veggies contain a lot of water which means they don’t supply all the necessary nutrients needed to keep your body running at its peak efficiency. On the other hand, meat and fish are packed with protein and fat.
These foods will certainly keep you full longer than fruits or vegetables.
There are several different kinds of foods that can be used to fuel up your body. You may be surprised to find out that some foods you thought were good for you aren’t at all.
Take salmon, for example. It’s often marketed as a “health food” when in fact, it is very high in fat. Although the fat found in fish is the healthy kind, it still should not be eaten in excess if you are watching your weight.
Nuts are another food that you may associate with being “healthy”. While they are low in fat and contain plenty of protein, eating too many could add up your calorie intake. This is why if you decide to eat them, you should never go overboard.
You might want to think twice before you chow down on that bag of walnuts after all!
If you want a quick snack that will give you instant energy, try beef jerky. This is real meat that has been severely dried out to prevent bacteria from growing on it. It’s great to eat while you’re on the go and doesn’t require any preparation.
Just make sure you get the low-sodium kind if you are worried about your sodium intake.
Of course, the best way to get energy from food is to eat real food. By real food I mean food that hasn’t been processed and is as close to its natural state as possible.
When looking for foods that fit this description, you need to avoid anything that has a label on it. This includes all kinds of canned foods, drinks, snack foods, and even food that has been microwaved.
The best place to start is by cooking your own meals at home from raw ingredients. If you do this, then you know exactly what is in the food you are eating and you can be sure it’s real food.
We’ve already looked at a few examples of real food, so here is a list of foods that you should try to incorporate into your diet on a regular basis.
Meat: Beef, pork, chicken, fish, turkey.
Eggs: You can eat the yolks and the whites.
Dairy: Milk, cottage cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, yogurt.
Vegetables: Broccoli, asparagus, spinach, green beans, cucumbers, cabbage.
Fruit: All kinds.
Grains: Whole wheat bread, oatmeal, grits.
Snack Foods: Nuts (not peanuts), popcorn (no butter), beef jerky (low sodium).
Of course, you don’t have to stick to this list religiously. Once you get used to eating this way, you’ll probably find that you enjoy the taste of these foods more than the highly-processed junk food from before.
If you are used to eating fast food or whatever else you can get your hands on, then this is going to take some adjustment on your part. You might even have to eat more frequently at first because your stomach is used to snacking all the time.
Don’t feel as if you are limited, however. You can certainly eat anything that fits into the general category of each section in the list above. For instance, you can snack on some sliced apples or you can have a bowl of rice if you want.
One last thing I want to mention is to drink plenty of water every day. A good rule of thumb is to drink eight glasses of water each day.
This doesn’t mean you have to drink eight glasses of water separately, you can have them add up through the day. Each bottle of water you drink counts as one glass.
So now that we’ve covered what to eat and what not to eat, let’s talk about when to eat it.
The best way to eat for your body type is to eat five to six smaller meals each day. For example, if you are eating six times a day, you would eat breakfast around nine in the morning, then you would eat lunch around one, then eat dinner around five, and then eat two more smaller meals between then and bedtime.
For some people this isn’t convenient because it requires more cooking or more time to pack meals for work or school. If that’s the case, then try to eat three solid meals each day with a couple of snacks in between. Just make sure you don’t go too long without eating.
It doesn’t matter when you eat your meals, just as long as you do so at some point during the day.
Last but not least, try to eat at least one fruit or vegetable at every meal or snack time.
Now that you know how much to eat and what to eat, let’s take a look at when to eat.
As I mentioned above, the best way to eat is to eat five to six smaller meals each day. This will keep your body from getting hungry during the day and bingeing. It will also improve your metabolism which will help you burn more calories all day long even at rest.
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