by Michelle LeSueur BeP, CNC, CSN, CPT
Do you find that you have that mid afternoon energy slump? For some of you it may be more than one time a day. Many times this happens because of how you started your day and what you ate through the day.
How many of you start your day with a cup of coffee? How many with cereal or a bagel? Or worse, a donut? Did you know that that kind of breakfast creates a spike in energy and then that a drop follows it, where you find yourself reaching for more caffeine or sugar to pick yourself up? This insulin roller coaster is unhealthy and contributes to weight issues, headaches and other health challenges. The more you reach for refined carbohydrates and caffeine, the more you will have cravings and have more hunger.
Eating things high in sugar or refined carbs cause your body to release insulin. Anytime the body releases insulin it tells your body to store fat. When you eat protein, it tells your body to release glucagon, which tells the body to burn fat. It is so important to be sure and start your day with some form of protein. Protein is what gets your metabolism going and will also help slow insulin response down. Research shows that people who eat protein for breakfast eat fewer carbohydrates through the rest of the day.
So what does a healthy breakfast look like? Eggs are one the best things you can eat. They are high in zeaxanthin and one egg contains 6 grams of high-quality protein and all 9 essential amino acids. Eggs are one of the only foods that contain naturally occurring vitamin D and promote healthy hair and nails because of their high sulphur (sulphur is important in detoxification of the liver) content and wide array of vitamins and minerals.
I know what you are thinking they are loaded with cholesterol. According to a study by the Harvard School of Public Health, there is no significant link between egg consumption and heart disease. In fact, according to one study, regular consumption of eggs may help prevent blood clots, stroke and heart attacks. It is important to make sure they are organic and free range. There is a difference.
One of the biggest mistakes I see people in the fitness industry make is cutting out fat from their diet – especially cholesterol fat. Cholesterol is very important to the body. More than half your cell walls require it and it helps the body make important hormones like Pregnenolone, DHEA, estrogen, testosterone and progesterone. When I work with people with metabolic damage, one of the first things I add into their diet is at least one whole yoke a day. If you are trying to lean out, if you are doing five egg whites, try and add one yoke. The yolk is where all the nutrients are. Remember, fat is what keeps you satisfied and keeps you from being hungry.
Eggs are one of the best things you can feed your kids also. You will find that they will do so much better in school because of starting their day with protein. You will find that you are more alert and you are able to work better and also find that you can go longer between meals. If you want to add some carbs to those eggs, choose some vegetables, or even sprouted bread like Ezekiel.
Another thing that is important in keeping blood sugar stable is making sure you eat every 3-4 hours. Again be sure and choose food for your next meal that is in its most natural state and make sure that there is healthy protein, vegetables and healthy fats. You will find that your energy is much better. Many people do not get enough food in the first half of the day so the body is looking for nutrients in the second half. The more balanced you can eat you will also find that you will be able to control those munchies so many get at night.
It is important for those struggling with their weight and insulin issues to make sure that you are done eating 4 hours before bed. When you have poor digestion like so many do and eat before bed, your digestion slows down and your food isn’t fully digested. I have found this to be the issue many times with those that say they aren’t hungry for breakfast. By allowing those 4 hours, your blood sugar will be more balanced so you aren’t tossing and turning all night, or waking up, and you will find you have more of an appetite when you get up.
These few simple things can make all the difference in your energy and your overall health.
Michelle LeSueur is an Energetic Practitioner (BeP) and is highly educated in energetic testing. (EAV biofeedback technology) She spent three years educating and training on the use of energetic equipment. She is a Certified Nutritional Counselor (CNC); Certified Sports Nutrition (CSN), Certified Nutritional Specialist (CNS), Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), DSHEA certified (Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act), Formulator, has a Neuro-Endocrine & Anti-Aging Regulation Certification (N.E.A.R), certified in Biological Terrain Management (BTM), holds a level II Reiki, 3 years nutritional counseling in a bariatric clinic, and has owned and operated a successful health food store. For more information on Michelle LeSueur, visit her Website at http://uniquehealthandwellness.com, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.