The foods we eat play a very important part in our overall health, ability and energy level, and the process of eating is actually the same thing we do when we take our car to the gas station pump, and fill it up with fuel. The gas we put in is what will fuel the car, and it must be formulated in a specific way in order to work. If we were to substitute any other product, use gas fuel that contained other ingredients our car was incapable of using or simply fill our car with an inferior type of gas, we would alter our car’s ability to run. In essence, by filling up with anything other than the gas at the pumps, we would either render our car’s engine disabled, and in most cases, ruin its capacity for future performance. Eating food can be compared to fueling our cars, as we are fueling our bodies. Unlike the immediate negative effects of poor fuel for our cars, there are a variety of bodily responses we create by the foods we eat, and often the unhealthy effects are delayed in revealing themselves. Likewise, when we chose to “fuel up” with the premium foods, our bodies respond by running more efficiently, more smoothly, and more energetically. Learning how to select foods that our bodies can easily digest is the first step in gaining back energy wasted on digesting hard-to-process foods, so that we’ll have that energy for better life pursuits and staying plugged-in.
Unlike white rice, the high content of lecithin and fiber of brown rice don’t convert into carbs, meaning you won’t gain weight with enough of this superfood in your diet. In only one cup of brown rice, you get 88% of your RDA for manganese, which helps produce energy from protein and carbs and synthesizes fatty acids–important to the nervous system. By other benefits, like lowering cholesterol and regulating high blood pressure, the result is more energy and strength.
You can’t get any closer to finding a foolproof energy source than by eating a banana. Since they are predominantly comprised of glucose, fructose and sucrose with rich fiber, they make an excellent energy-boosting snack food. Great when eaten alone, or sliced up on cereal, added to a sandwich on whole wheat bread or mashed and blended into whole grain pancakes. Enough energy to carry you from one meal to the next, without tiring out.
These, deliciously good citrus fruits are chock full of vitamin C, as well as in potassium and folate, which all combine to deliver an excellent form of rationed out energy that is evenly dispensed throughout the day, rather than coming on quickly in typical sugar rush fashion. The membranes are rich in pectin and important fiber, too.
The old Popeye cartoons depicted the sailor popping open a can of spinach whenever an energy requirement was ahead of him, and he was wise in doing so, as spinach is an excellent source of iron, which is major in the body’s energy production. Spinach salads, spinach on sandwiches to replace lettuce makes for good eats.
Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, this pink fish deserves more credit in the way of helping your body convert everything you eat into energy. Key components are protein, vitamin B6, niacin, and riboflavin.