6 Practical Tips For Increasing Energy Using Food

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Our food has a limitless supply of “energy power” that most of us barely tap into.  We can all become more efficient eaters, and the purpose of this article is to provide 6 easy, practical tips for getting the most out of the fare we consume.

After each recommendation, I provide a “7 day trial” that you can implement for the next week.  Try these exercises and begin to feel increased energy, greater focus and heightened awareness:

1. Chew

A few years ago, I attended a nutrition lecture that I will never forget.  The speaker told the tale of his father, a Holocaust survivor who claims that chewing was the one activity that saved his life.  Apparently, he and a few friends made a pact to chew every piece of food and drink a minimum of 150 times.  No matter how small the bite or sip of water, they chewed and chewed.  And they lived.  Ask yourself: how often do I swallow my food almost whole, and what am I missing out by chewing more proficiently? 

7 Day Trial:  For the

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next week, chew all of your hard food a minimum of 50 times.  This is beneficial for so many reasons: it will slow you down, bring greater awareness to your eating, and also help your digestion significantly.  Make chewing a habit.

2. Go for a walk after you eat

A lengthy walk after eating can do wonders for your energy.  Walking stimulates digestion and encourages gravity to do its natural work.  People in the U.S. wonder how Europeans can eat so much butter and fatty foods, yet be so thin.  One of the reasons is that they tend to go for long walks after a meal.  This one activity can vastly improve your health.

7 Day Trial:  For the next week, make a point to walk at least 15 minutes after you eat.  Even if you have to walk around the block 5 times, do it.  Even better:  take a walk with a friend, be in an open space, and enjoy the outdoors…then go back to your daily life.

3. Drink more water during the day

Most Americans, and most people around the world, are completely de-hydrated and do not even know it!  Water keeps the body lubricated, so that when a meal enters the system it is ready for work.  How much water should you drink?  I recommend at least 4 Liters a day and it is very important to drink at least 1 liter upon waking up in the morning, as this is when you body is most de-hydrated from a long absence of water.

7 Day Trial:  For the next week, drink a big glass of water first thing in the morning (before you do anything else).  Also, make a point to drink at least 4 additional 12 oz bottle’s worth during the day.  You will see an immediate increase in energy. 
 
4. Limit your eating after 7pm at night

I am not sure about the rest of the world, but this is where most Americans fail.  Eating late at night is unhealthy for a myriad of reasons, but predominately because it disrupts digestion.  At night, the body is ready for rest, and digestion is a process that requires a lot of hard work.  Eating before bed time is simply not effective, as the food just sits in the stomach and causes grogginess and lack of energy the next day.

7 Day Trial:  For the next week, do NOT eat anything past 7pm.  You might be surprised how difficult this is, but I can assure you that you will a) sleep better and 2) experience a tremendous increase in energy.

5. Start your day with high protein breakfast

Simple carbs release sugar in the body at a faster rate than complex carbs, fats, and protein, and give the body an immediate “up” feeling.  But it is short-lived, and if you are in the habit of a high carb breakfast you are constantly fighting a battle for energy during the day.  Start the day off more balanced, and ingest a whole-grain cereal, eggs, or even an incredible nutritious health shake.

7 Day Trial:  For the next week, eat NO carbs in the morning.  Also limit, or stop completely, caffeine intake.  You might feel drowsy for the first few days…realize this feeling is literally a withdrawal from a bad habit.  Stay with it, and fill your body with complex carbs and protein to start your day.

6. Create the habit of Cardiovascular workouts

A minimum of 30 minutes of cardio workout, at least 4 times a week is a fantastic way to get the most energy out of your food.  Regular cardiovascular exercise optimizes your food intake, and helps create vitality, resilience and health.  Food is energy, and exercise is a mechanism for purposefully creating the

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flow of energy in your body.

7 Day Trial:  For the next week, force yourself to get in at least 120 minutes of cardio (not straight though).  This is especially necessary in the winter, when many of us become “lazy” and do not want to go outside, or go to a gym and exercise.  However, if you want to get the most from your food, exercise is a necessary component.

TRY these exercises.  They are simple, and can provide you unbound energy from the food you consume!  

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29 Responses to “6 Practical Tips For Increasing Energy Using Food”

  1. Peter says:

    Awesome article Todd. It lets me know I am doing a few things right, gives me a few gentle reminders, and finally it provides me with some new things to try!

  2. ZHereford says:

    Some great tips Todd!

    I’m surprised to read that walking after a meal is good for you. I had heard differently but it does sound like a good idea.

  3. Phil says:

    Finding your site was an accident thanks to google, but I like it

  4. EngineerTiat says:

    Hi Todd

    These just get added on to my list-to-do for this year.

    Thanks.

    Warm regards
    Tiat

  5. Except for the chewing, I’m doing everything you talk about. I’ll work on the chewing!

  6. Todd says:

    Thanks for the great comments guys…and Brandon…chewing is actually hard work! But it can be SO beneficial!
    Todd

  7. Tip Diva says:

    Thank you for submitting your post to Carnival of Tips!

    I knew most of these but the chewing – that is definitely interesting! Has there ever been a study focusing on the weight of people who chew like that?

  8. cipher says:

    Pretty right healthy eating habbits are a must for smooth living style. You definitely have to care about what and how you eat… thanks for the compilation, looking forward to adapt to the tips.

  9. Todd says:

    Thanks Cipher– DEF try the chewing, thats one thing that has really transformed my relationship with food!
    Todd

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  11. Dont be sad says:

    Hey,

    I stumbled across your webpage- your tittle kept me here and led me to read your article- really fantastic! I never heard of the chewing before- its curious, but it physiologically makes sense.

    More people need to have protein breakfasts- the food companies push the high sugar, high fat cereals far too much.

    Kind regards,

    Dont be sad

    • Hi dear,

      I have gone through your comments and it is excellent. My view is to take less carbohydrates and take more protein. Take lots of water so that toxic materials can be flashed out from the digestive system.

      With personal regards

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  13. Keith says:

    Some very nice ideas here, many thanks!!

  14. Vee says:

    Todd

    Those are excellent tips. The tip about cardio exercise is particulary important.

    Here is a free walking plan and a free weight loss exercise program.

    http://www.lasting-weight-loss.com/walking-for-weight-loss.html
    http://www.lasting-weight-loss.com/weight-loss-exercise-programs.html

    All best wishes.

  15. Jill Warner says:

    Good article….

    What if you don’t eat dinner till after 7pm?

  16. Todd says:

    Its not idea Jill…but I understand and have to do it as well most of the time. Make sure to have your bigger meal earlier in the day, and a light dinner…and one that is not too heave in carbs.

    Be careful of sugary drinks at dinner time too…not good. Water is best when eating later (and a glass of wine wont hurt either)!

  17. Toto Toilets says:

    cool article, these are interesting thoughts!

  18. RT says:

    The 4 liters a day of water you should drink is a myth. i really wish people would stop putting that all over. If we really needed 4 litres a day, we’d be dead. All you need is about 3, 4 glasses of some kind of liquid (water, juice, liquid from food, etc.)
    If you’re urine clear, it basically means you have enough (or excess) water in your system.

  19. Farouk says:

    This was very helpful , Good one tod:)

  20. AJ Kumar says:

    great list. I’ll start implementing this today!!

    Especially the more water part! ;)

    AJ Kumar

  21. Al says:

    RT is wright!

    Why do you suggest 4 liters a day? That’s just too much water. Do you have any evidence that we need 4 liters a day or are you just copy-pasting?

    And waht about chewing? I agree it’s important, it’s the first step of digestion. Why 50 chews? What about the 150 chews story? How is it possible that chewing so many times saved their lives?

  22. Andy says:

    Thanks for the great information. I have been looking for ages for a way to stop feeling so tired. I work up to 70 hours per week and sometimes I really don’t have the time to get a full night’s sleep.

    However thanks to this information I have learned what I can do to make the most of the sleep that I do get.

    Another great resource that has helped me a lot is http://www.alwaystired.info which showed me how to increase my energy levels naturally and decrease stress. You should have a look at this site because it has some very valuable tips.

    Thanks again!

  23. rob towles says:

    never thought of these things seriously. but come to think of it, they sure make a lot of sense. thanks.

  24. Tanya Dlabaj says:

    Wonderful article. I always find myself run down by 8 p.m. and wondering why. Thank you for giving me a couple of things to try and improve upon.

  25. lauren dell says:

    Four litres of water is too much, its unhealthy to drink so much water. The body typically uses around 7 litres of water a day, 5 of which it absorbs and processes from food, so the ideal supplement is 1.5 – 2 litres a day. A higher intake of water can lead to salts and sugars in the blood to be diluted and so can lead to the body being malnourished on a level which can lead to serious ill health. Also water intake varies in terms of lifestyle and climate, so these need to be taken into account when deciding how much water to drink.

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  27. Aidan says:

    Love the people who scoff at drinking 4 litres water per day, have you tried it?, it is the one most benificial thing you can do for your body, I started 4 yrs ago, no soft drink no alcohol no coffee just water. I drink 8 x 600ml bottles a day. Week one an immediate increase in energy, week two i noticed much better sleeping, clear skin, no smelly breath, no tongue fur in the morning, significant improvement in bowel motions, more positive, brighter happier overall. And one more no more procrastination. So scoff all you like it doesnt wash out all your nutrients, it doesnt imbalance anything it simply helps your intestines, liver, kidneys and lymph system clean out all the crap that slows you down. Oh in case you dont get it ….its free ….get a good glass bottle and carry it with you everywhere.

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