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One key thing I learnt at UPW was to eat and live in order to generate energy. People often comment on how much I get done. In fact, one person that rents an office from us at The Rural Business Community has been known to call me Mr. Motivator, because I am always there when he arrives, have a laser-like focus and have a team that is always more focused on doing work than chatting about the weather. I attribute this to the energy my lifestyle gives me. It is much easier to find the motivation to do the exercises you have committed to when you have lots of energy than when you are lagging and feeling tired. Here is how I create energy.
What you eat is a key factor in your energy levels. What goes in must come out in some format or another, and if you are eating the right stuff, it should result in loads of good energy.
The digestion of concentrated carbohydrates (bread, potatoes, pasta) and of concentrated protein (meat, fish) is so different that when they are mixed in the stomach they interfere with the digestion of each other. An acid process (stomach digestion) and an alkaline process (salivary digestion) cannot be carried on at the same time, and the rising acidity of the stomach contents soon completely stops carbohydrate digestion. This will sap your energy more than you would imagine. When you get used to not eating meals like this, and you suddenly go back to it, you really do notice how much it affects you.
To find out more about these food combination principles, check out www.acidalkalinediet.net, which provides useful articles. To make life simpler, here’s the shortcut that will give you 90% of the success with the minimum amount of effort or disruption. At each meal, avoid combining a food from the carbohydrates list below with a food from the protein list.
|Concentrated Carbohydrates||Concentrated Proteins|
|Lentils||Nuts and nut butters|
Initially, this might seem disruptive to your normal eating patterns, but you’ll be amazed how easy it is to have either a vegetarian meal or a concentrated carb-free meal.
Finally, on the subject of digestion, I suggest taking some acidophilus as a supplement. This helps replace the good bacteria in the gut that can often get damaged when you eat the wrong things.
One of your Life 2.0 goals should be to get to an Omega-6-to-Omega-3 ratio of about three-to-one or below. Half a cup of peanuts has 11 grams (g) of Omega-6 fats and just trace amounts of Omega-3 fats. This is not only way above our ideal three-to-one ratio, but it would be almost impossible to consume enough Omega-3 fats to bring this ratio back into balance. Macadamia nuts are a better alternative, as they have less than 1 g of Omega-6 fats per half cup.
In addition to taking an Omega-3 supplement, you can of course change your diet to avoid the Omega-6s and increase the Omega-3s. Some foods that are high in Omega-3 are as follows:
• Seeds like flaxseeds and chia seeds;
• Fish like salmon, halibut, tuna, sardines and mackerel;
• Shell fish like shrimp, lobster and scallops;
• Olive oil, but not when used for frying, as that damages the Omega-3;
• Green vegetables like spinach, cabbage, broccoli and Brussel Sprouts;
• Herbs like thyme, basil oregano;
• Tropical fruit like papaya, kiwi and melon;
• Salads like lettuce (especially Iceberg), watercress and rocket;
Food high in Omega-6 to avoid:
• Vegetable oil and sunflower oil;
• Wheat-based products;
• Deep-fried foods;
• Pre-made dressings, margarine and mayonnaise, because of the vegetable oil found in them;
• ‘The three Ps: Processed, Packaged and Prepared’.
So when it comes to redressing your Omega-6-to-Omega-3 ratio, there’s no need to have your calculator mounted to the kitchen wall; just make food and ingredient selections that help redress the balance naturally, and supplement it with a little extra Omega-3 to help tip the balance.
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