Eating for Energy

06/02/2011 12:29

If you drive, chances are when you pull up to the gas tank you make a choice as to what kind of gas you put into your car. The higher the octane in the fuel, the cleaner it will burn, the better the fuel economy and the longer the engine will live.

Food is fuel for our bodies. Much like when we pull up to the gas tank, when we open the fridge we have the opportunity to choose the quality of fuel that we use. Foods that have high nutritional profiles such as fruits, vegetables, greens, sprouts, nuts and seeds are wonderful for giving the body the proper nutrients that it needs and will give you more energy to live. These foods fill you up faster and provide sustainable energy throughout the day.

When you start seeing food as fuel for your body it begins to change your relationship with food. You only eat when you are truly hungry, you stop eating when you are full and no longer have the need to "stuff" yourself. As a result of this, not only can you lose weight, but you will also most likely feel better physically, emotionally and mentally.

Here are some tips to help you make better food choices when shopping

-Stick to the outside isles. Purchase fresh produce and stay away from anything that comes pre-packaged.

-Eat more colour. Choose a variety of colours in your fruits and vegetables as colour indicates the unique essential vitamins and nutrients in each. The more colours you are eating the better off you will be.

-Do some research. Learn about what you are putting in your mouth. Read about nutrition on line and learn the benefits that food can provide.