Eating For Energy

A good diet is about more than just being thin (seriously).  If you’re feeling stressed, exhausted, depressed or generally crappy, a few simple changes to your diet can help you control how you feel on a daily basis.

Kerry Monaghan is a certified Health Coach in Brooklyn who helps her clients upgrade their diets and their lives at brooklynraw.com. Below, Kerry shares the healthy choices that could be wrecking your diet and shares five quick ways to have more energy every day.

1) Ditch The Quick Fix
That morning latte and afternoon Diet Coke give you a quick boost of energy, but the sugar and caffeine are addictive, which means you’re never satisfied and completely defenseless against the plate of brownies brought in by your evil coworkers.  Instead of caffeine jitters, opt for steady, balanced energy from whole, unprocessed foods: think whole grains, fruits and veggies, or a small piece of dark chocolate when you need a treat.  Feel like you’re doing to die without your daily handful of M&Ms? Take 100-300 mg of L-Glutamine every few hours to relieve your sugar cravings.

2) Don’t Fear The Fat
The skimpy salad you had for lunch led you right to a box of cookies at night, didn’t it?  Incorporating healthy fats at every meal will help keep you satisfied and sustained.  Use avocado on your salads, or oil as your salad dressing, and add some walnuts or almonds.  

3) Water, Water, Water
You should be drinking ½ your body weight in ounces of water every day.  So if you weigh 130 pounds, you’ll need 65 ounces of water.  Carry a cute, reusable bottle with you at all times to stay hydrated on the go.

4) Breakfast
If you’re tired of people telling you to eat breakfast, you should probably just start eating breakfast already.  Get some protein in your morning meal with eggs, quinoa, or an unsweetened Greek yogurt.  

5) Go Green
A green smoothie every day can help you get a big dose of greens and superfoods to boost your energy.  Kerry’s newsletter at brooklynraw.com offers free smoothie recipes that are simple and tasty.

The New Year is a great time to make some positive changes in your diet.  What are some steps you’re taking to a healthier life?

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