06 Oct Are You Low in Energy?
Many people change their diet ONLY with the focus on losing weight.
How about taking it up to the next level?
By making better choices with what you put on your plate, you’re also effectively boosting your energy levels.
I’ve always wanted to talk about this for the longest time.
It’s almost like a dark secret I’m keeping when my friends ask me how the heck I clock in more than 80 hours work a week (if you know me well, I’m a workaholic) and still carry that smile the next morning?
You may already be experiencing this – you drink coffee, get a boost and then begin to feel sleepy and cranky which you then reach up for another cuppa.
You’re constantly upping your dose, which sometimes brings you headache, jitters and crash.
Or if you’re someone who eats take-away or highly processed food most of the time that contain ingredients that wipe out your precious energy.
Everything in life becomes dull and difficult when you don’t have enough energy.
Your career dips.
Your relationship suffers.
You find yourself sleepy during the day and/or trouble sleeping at night.
Instead of relying on sugar, caffeine to get through the day, what would life be like if you could double your energy level?
There’ll be more drive, passion and you’ll be totally energized to do what you want to do regardless of where you are right now – a busy student, in a high-flying career or a mother of 2 kids juggling with household chores.
Part 1 of 3 : Here’s how all of us can increase our energy levels
I learnt something fascinating about body’s natural cleaning process, called
Basically, it’s a cellular ‘recycling’ that the body goes through to clear out clutters like old, damaged proteins, oxidised molecules that interfere with cell function.
So what turns on autophagy?
Fancy name, it may sound really extreme but it’s not.
Intermittent fasting is something I learnt during yoga teacher training that is associated with countless of health benefits, the main one giving your digestion a break and boosting mental clarity.
Additionally, it is a form of hormesis that helps to optimize mitochondrial function, the cellular energy generator.
By exposing your body to this kind of hormesis, your body is actually making adaptation to make it more energetic and healthier (like exercise).
:: Practical Application ::
How we do this?
a) Intermittent fasting (15-18 hours) up to 2 days per week or a few days each month.
You can do this easily by having early dinner till the next day.
For instance, stop eating after 8pm till the next day 12pm to eat your first meal. It’s not hard to do it but be aware that doing this as a daily practice will backfire. All forms of hormesis can be problematic when done too much.
b) Keep feeding windows short from 4-6 hours on a few days.
:: Tips ::
One tip to tackle fasting is to drink warm/hot water (no tea, no coffee I know this is hard for everyone, no sugary drink) throughout..
If you’re feeling hungry before bed, you must increase your calories in the day.
Intermittent fasting strategy is powerful and a life changer.
Let’s Talk – Have you experimented it before? I highly encourage you to give it a go if you haven’t. Notice what fasting times worked for you and what didn’t? Do you have any tips for me and other readers to increase energy levels?
Stay tune for Part 2 and 3!
P.S. It doesn’t take big changes to live a life of energy. If you commit to making millimeter shifts, like this, you will experience an energy transformation.