Eating for energy

When you eat, you often think that you are getting lots of energy from your food. Which, clearly, you are. At the same time though, it’s easy to forget that digesting food takes up loads of energy. So, if you don’t have much energy to start with, and you eat something which takes up a lot of energy to digest, you aren’t actually going to end up the super energized bunny that you thought you would.

Confused? Don’t worry. Just bear in mind the following:

Red meat is really hard to digest. Eat a steak, and you aren’t going to feel much like dancing at the disco for a while. Pretty much all meats are hard to digest, no matter how much useful protein they give you.

Likewise, refined carbohydrates (like bread, pasta etc) give you lots of instant energy by raising your blood sugar really quickly, so you feel like you’ve got loads of shoe-shuffling energy, but after a while, your blood sugar drops, and plop, you are no longer the diva you thought you were.

Vegetables and fruit, on the other hand, are generally easy to digest, which means that you aren’t wasting your precious energy just getting them through your system, and they also give you loads of goodies at the same time.

There you go. A very simplified, super easy way to decide what might give you energy. It is actually a bit more complicated than that, but seeing as you probably don’t have much energy right now, I thought I’d make it short and swift for you!

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