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High Energy Healthy Habits

Updated on March 14, 2011

To get and keep a good, steady energy level, it is important to develop regular healthy habits. The good thing is that they are easy and enjoyable. Here are the top five.

1. STAY HYDRATED

First and foremost, stay hydrated. Keep your system well-lubricated and clean with lots and lots of healthy, pure water, all day, every day. Water is the most essential element for life. Without it, we dry up and blow away.

2. BREAKFAST IS THE MOST IMPORTANT MEAL OF THE DAY

Start your day with a nutritious breakfast. Even if you don't like to eat much in the morning, be sure you have something that counts. That way you won't be starving by lunch and make the mistake of eating a big lunch. As we all know, a big lunch is the perfect setup for a siesta. The best thing to do is have a breakfast of substance in the morning when you are well rested and then eat several small, nutritious meals or snacks during the day.

3. FOR MEALS AND SNACKS CHOOSE PROTEIN

Protein stays with you and helps you to feel satisfied. It also metabolizes at a regular rate, so you won't have sudden bursts of energy followed by troughs of lethargy. Be sure to include lean meats in your food plan as well as oily fish for the Omega 3 Fatty acids. Include eggs as a main dish and a snack. Boiled eggs are mighty easy to keep on hand. Nuts are another great high protein snack that is also high in Omega 3 Fatty Acids.


4. EAT WHOLE GRAINS & FRESH FRUIT AND VEGGIES

Processed foods like white bread and rice and foods that contain simple carbohydrates and high sugar (like Grape Soda Pop and Moon Pies) are called high glycemic foods. These foods provide sugar that is far too readily available to your system. It shoots through you giving you a burst of energy, and then you burn out. To have a steady flow of energy , change to whole grains like brown rice, whole wheat, whole, fresh fruits and vegetables. These foods are harder for the body to digest and not as readily available, and that's a good thing. It is good for the body to work for it's energy. Because these foods take longer to process, the energy they provide is meted out in small, regular doses over a period of time. By the time it runs out, you will probably have had a chance to replenish it. Besides that, whole grains, fruits and veggies keep you regular, and that's another important way to maintain a good energy level.

5. STAY REGULAR

All of the things we have talked about so far will have the happy side effect of helping you stay regular. Additionally, the fiber found in whole grains, fresh fruit and veggies, nuts, beans, and other healthy choices will help slow down the absorption rate of sugars. This will help to regulate your energy level so that you avoid the crash and burn syndrome. In addition to this extra roughage, be sure to add delicious, high protein yogurt to your diet. Make sure it is the kind that has live acidophilus cultures. This, too, helps keep your digestive system in tip-top shape. Having your insides operating within specified parameters is a sure way to feel better and have more energy.

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  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    7 years ago from Texas

    That's great and good for your relationship with your daughter, too! :D Thanks for your comment!

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    PaperNotes 

    7 years ago

    When I was younger, I do not usually eat breakfast before I go to school. Now that I am already a mom, I made it a point to correct my unhealthy habit. Whether it is a school day or not, I eat breakfast with my daughter. Thanks for these.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    9 years ago from Texas

    Thanks, Latrelle! :)

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    Latrelle Ross 

    9 years ago

    Great Suzanne! So many people don't realize that eating well and taking care of yourself is the best way to keep your energy up. Caffine, sugar and energy drinks give you too much energy too fast and then you crash, totally defeating the purpose.

    Keep spreading the word :D

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    9 years ago from Texas

    My pleasure! :)

  • loua profile image

    loua 

    9 years ago from Elsewhere, visiting Earth ~ the segregated community planet

    justmesuzanne, such common sense... Thanks...

  • Cailin Gallagher profile image

    Cailin Gallagher 

    9 years ago from New England

    Simple and to the point. I like this article because it gives straight-forward advice that everyone can follow. Thanks!

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    9 years ago from Texas

    Thank you, BK! :)

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    BkCreative 

    9 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

    All good points and I am happy to say I am living my life accordingly. I've read recently that coconut water is a great natural hydrater so I have been drinking that on my long walks. If I don't stay hydrated I'll get a headache. If I don't eat protein for breakfast - again, I'll get a headache. Our bodies do speak to us - I've learned to listen.

    Thanks for these reminders that we all have no excuse not to do! Will share with friends who just refuse to take these simple steps.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    9 years ago from Texas

    Thank you ladies! Did you watch the video? I thought it was really cool! :)

  • Tatjana-Mihaela profile image

    Tatjana-Mihaela 

    9 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

    Thumbs up - for great Hub!

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    Elena 

    9 years ago from London, UK

    Interesting Read. I tend to drink a lot of energy drinks but your hub points out healthier ways to keep energy High. Must get myself a smoothie blender.

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