How Food Choices Affect Performance: Part 2

You mean a food’s energetic qualities can affect
my ability to lose weight and perform at my
optimum level?

Absolutely!

Let’s say you really want to lose weight because
dragging the extra pounds around is tiring you
out, making your joints ache, and ultimately
making life less fun.

Ask yourself: “Are the energetic qualities of the
foods I’m eating supporting my desire to lose
weight?

 

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Here, the term “energetic qualities” simply
refers to the ways in which a food’s unique energy
affects the energy in your body. Does it warm you
up or cool you down? Does it build you up or clean
you out? Does it make you feel lighter or heavier?
Does it make you feel more grounded or more
energized? Does it make your insides more damp or
more dry? And so on…

I know, I know. You might be wondering: what
happened to simply counting calories? Or, looking
at the ratio of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats?

Looking at your food choices through the lens of
energetics might be totally new to you, and that’s
a good thing! If you want to see different results
in your life and boost your performance, you can’t
keep doing the same thing again and again. You
need to be inspired to try on a different way of
thinking and being – so, stay with me and see what
you learn.

If you want to lose weight, then your energy is
likely sluggish, making it easier to stay glued to
the couch and than head outside to enjoy your day.
To counter this, you want to pick foods that will
motivate your body to get moving and let go of the
excess.

Here are two foods to consider  — one you’ve
heard of and another that may be totally new to
you:

–Fresh ginger root, which is known to promote
healthy digestion and blood circulation, as well
as warm up the body, which is said to aid in the
fat burning process

–Burdock root (aka “gobo” in Japanese cuisine),
which is known to cleanse the blood, thereby
freeing up your energy and even leading to clearer
thinking. It’s energetic effects are also
recognized as helping to reduce sweet cravings and
reduce fat levels in the body.

Eating either or both of these foods is like
saying out loud to everyone you know: “Yes,
indeed, I do want to get things moving and release
this extra weight now! I want to feel lighter and
move more easily in my body so I can perform
better in my daily life!”

On the other hand, here are two foods that you
should definitely keep eating if you want to enjoy
the same old heavy, achy, stagnant feeling:

–French fries. Yes, they taste so good, but the
general category of fatty, greasy, deep-fried
foods have sluggish energetic qualities that
contribute to poor digestion and slower
metabolism. Plus, as you likely know already,
foods fried at high heat are laden with trans fats
and contribute to inflammation in the body, which
can cause or exacerbate joint pain.

— Ice cream. You likely already know that high
sugar intake relates to high insulin levels in the
body which leads to more fat being stored and more
difficulty releasing fat from its storage places
in the body. But you may not know that processed
foods that are filled with refined sugars actually
drain your energy, muddle your thinking, and can
make your bowels sluggish.

Eating either or both of these foods is like
saying: “Ooooh, yes, I really really really want
to hold on tight to this extra weight, feel tired,
and generally lack in enthusiasm for life? Please,
please, can I?” But, really now, do you? I don’t
think so.

So, try on this new idea of food energetics and
see what you learn about yourself, your weight,
your performance, and so much more.

 

For further information about food energetics…

There are many different ways to think of the
energetics of food. To read more about Steve
Gagne’s view of food energetics click here.

Annemarie Colbin shares here her view on how our
emotions affect the energetics of food.

And for a more medically oriented Eastern view,
click here to read more about the Traditional Chinese
Medicine view of food energetics.

 

Ready to achieve more without burn out, ignoring
your family or becoming a slave to overworking?
Then book your Performance Breakthrough Session
with me today. Enter discount code “Embrace2012
for 50% off my public rate and invest less than a
dollar a minute for this transformational 1-on-1 coaching
session with me!

 

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in your email in box? It’s designed to melt stress, refocus
your energy, and refuel your spirit FAST! And you can listen to
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and receive a link to your first short audio inspiration. It’s
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How Food Choices Affect Performance: Part 1

You mean my food choices affect my energy level

and performance?

 

Yah, a lot.

 

Let’s say you want to feel more energized so you

can get more done.

Ask yourself: “Am I eating food with lots of life

force energy?

 

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Life force energy is the qi (or “chi”) that gives

life to (and animates the life within) every plant

and animal in our world, including you!

 

Whole foods, straight from nature, have the

greatest amount of life force energy.

 

Foods that come from a box or bag, that have been

processed, have much less life force energy – and

in some cases have none worth speaking of.

 

Think of it like a really, really long game of

telephone.  Remember that game from childhood,

when kids whispered words into each other’s ears,

beginning at one end of a line and waiting to see

what silly words came out at the end of the chain?

 

 

The original full nutritional potential or

meaning of the food gets a bit more diluted for

every step it takes along the

growing-picking-distribution-processing chain —

or in the case of whole foods like carrots or kale

— for every single minute, hour, and day the food

is away from its roots or its roots are out of the

soil.

 

Using the analogy of the telephone game again, if

the food started out as carrots in the ground with

green tops sprouting above ground – by the time it

ends up as canned carrots, it might have some of

the original color and flavor of the carrots, but

not much life force energy and greatly reduced

nutritional value.

 

Your ability to perform on the job or at home or

in the community is directly affected by the

amount of life force energy in the food you eat.

Your food choices affect your performance. You

need that life force energy to fuel your own life.

 

Ask yourself: “do I want to perform like a carrot

with its greens on top or a partially cooked

carrot saturated with liquid in a can?” I know,

it’s silly to think of it that way. But, just

imagine how different your energy level and

performance might be if you made different food

choices!

 

You might normally choose so-called fast foods or

convenience foods and drinks because you really

want to quell your hunger and fuel your brain as

quickly as possible, thinking that these foods

will give you the energy to do what you need to

do. But, unintentionally, your food choices end up

working against you.

 

The next time you’re looking to boost your energy

so you can perform better, will you reach for

another coffee or caffeinated soda or energy drink

or candy bar? Or, instead…. how about next time

you reach for beautiful, fresh, whole foods that

are actually bursting with life! Life that you can

use to be your best and perform at your optimum

level!

 

 

Ready to achieve more without burn out, ignoring
your family or becoming a slave to overworking?
Then book your Performance Breakthrough Session
with me today. Enter discount code “Embrace2012
for 50% off my public rate and invest less than a
dollar a minute for this transformational 1-on-1 coaching
session with me!

 

Not yet received my free, 1-minute audio wisdom course
in your email in box? It’s designed to melt stress, refocus
your energy, and refuel your spirit FAST! And you can listen to
it anywhere, even on the go. Sign-up on any page of my website
and receive a link to your first short audio inspiration. It’s
just like having me there by your side!

 

Looking for a speaker for your next event? If you
want to inspire your group to get better results
at work and at home (and get their Zen on too)
then I’m your gal. Email me directly to talk
details.

 

Final Tip to Get Your Holiday Zen On (hint: focus on what's working well)

Happy New Year!

Here it is. Your final tip of the holiday season
before the New Year hits.

It’s simple, yet perhaps not easy. And it’s
something I’ve been doing this past week.

Tip #6 to Get Your Holiday Zen On Without Missing
Out on the Fun:


Keep what is working well for you, and get rid of
(or address) the rest.


This tip brings to mind something wise my yoga
teacher once said to me: the only way to get
around something that is bothering you is to go
right through it.


So, if in the process of making a list of what’s
working well and what’s not working well, you come
across something that has been bugging you
forever. (And those things are the biggest energy
drainers.) Then, perhaps it’s time to address it
head on. That’s right. To get around it, you have
to go through it.


My husband and I tackled some clutter yesterday,
in a whirlwind of activity while our youngest was
napping, and now the whole house feels lighter and
nicer looking. In fact, my body feels lighter,
more energized, and in general things feel more
manageable.


What’s on your list?

Tip #1 to Get Your Holiday Zen On

Are you ready to “Get Your Holiday Zen On Without
Missing Out on the Fun”?

Then, check out this first tip that might just go
easier on your wallet, make gift giving more
enjoyable, and even be good for the planet.

TIP #1: Simplify gift giving in one of the
following ways:

(1) Donate to a cause of your choosing in the
name of your friend, family member, neighbor or
colleague, instead of giving them more stuff!

(2) Give him or her a gift card s/he can use for
everyday necessities (groceries, vitamins, even
paying a bill)

(3) Create a homemade gift certificate for
cooking them a meal

(4) Bake a delicious, nutritious treat that is
free of refined sugars and trans fats

(5) Make a date to volunteer together, rather
than exchange gifts

(6) Agree to a reasonable limit on the number of
gifts or money you’ll spend – then stick to it!

Look for more tips over the coming days so you
can live your life:

  •  more “on your terms”, no matter where the holidays take you
  • more peaceful and authentically relaxing, no matter how much work you have to do
  • and more lightness, ease and feeling on your A-game, no matter what people serve you at the table

And if tips aren’t enough, then give yourself the
gift of a special 75-minute private Breakthrough
Session with me.

Only 1 (one) discounted session left on Monday,
December 12 before I take my holiday break!

More details on special holiday discounts here