Monday, December 16, 2013

How to eat to maintain a healthy weight and boost energy


Question for Penny: What would be the best way to eat to maintain a healthy weight and boost energy?

Answer: Every "body" is unique. Your question is quite general without enough specific personal details such as lifestyle/wellness goals, health condition or fitness level, so it is difficult to give a precise answer. What I can do is provide a "general idea" of what you could eat to maintain a healthy weight and boost energy.

Try to stick to whole foods such as vegetables, especially green veggies. Add some good carbs like quinoa, or brown rice if you're not allergic to those things. Be sure to add some lean protein such as chicken or turkey breast, or white fish or salmon (that also provide good fats). 

Try to stay away from anything fried or high in sugar, bad fats (trans fat, LDL), or creams. These kinds of foods will drain you of energy and compromise your health.

Green tea (Matcha) is great too. Try to get as much greens as you can from spinach, kale, cucumbers, asparagus, broccoli. All this will help provide vitamins and minerals your body needs. 

Squeeze fresh lemon juice in your drinking water as well (for more vitamin C and alkalinity) to provide you with more energy. Or snack on red bell peppers.

Also, be sure to get enough sleep, 6-8 hours a night. If you don't get enough rest you won't have enough energy even if you ate the right foods.

You can always check out the Food & Fitness section here to get some more ideas and tips. 

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