It only took me 35 years to look at my diet in a different light. I no longer want to eat in order to look good but to feel good. I have lost the desire to be a certain weight or to fit into a certain size, the only thing I care about is having enough energy to last throughout the day – and keep up with my kids – which allows me to feel good.
It was eye-opening to me when I started tracking my meals: days I don’t eat enough usually correlate with days I have the highest anxiety or the weeks I feel the most blue. In talking to my doctor about this, she continuously asks me “Are you eating enough fats?” Recently, there have been a ton of movies and articles that squash everything we thought we knew before and now tell us that fats are becoming all the rage!
I watched two documentaries and read numerous articles to educate myself on a diet to help my energy and anxiety and these are the foods I hear about over and over. Do yourself a favor: quit the diet fads and eat for energy!
*And if you are interested in watching some fascinating movies, check out “Fat” on Amazon and “The Magic Pill” on Netflix.
Top 10 Foods For Energy:
- Berries (Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries)
- Dark Chocolate
- Sweet Potato
10 Examples of Healthy Fat:
- Cage-Free Eggs
- Chia Seeds
- Coconut Oil
- Wild Salmon
- Flax Seeds
- Nut Butters
- Full-Fat Yogurt
- Olives & Olive oil (not an olive fan, toss some into your pasta for some extra flavor you will hardly notice).
Easy ways I incorporate both into my daily diet:
- Add a tablespoon of chia or flax seeds into my morning protein shake or oatmeal.
- Add a scoop of nut butter into my cereal, shake, or oatmeal.
- Add a handful of spinach into my morning shake (you can’t taste it!).
- Add 2 teaspoons of coconut oil into my morning coffee.
- I have plenty of “snacks” with me at all times to make sure I am eating consistently (roasted chickpeas, seaweed, turkey jerky – watch the sugar content, or a handful of almonds). Trader Joes is amazing for on-the-go snacks!
- I always carry a “bar” in my purse (my “bar” of choice is Kind, but other people love Luna).
- Monthly, I make a batch of protein-energy balls with my kids and keep them in the fridge (recipe here).
- I always keep hard-boiled eggs in the fridge.
- I use deli meat – nitrate free! – for a wrap as opposed to bread (deli meat and cheese, deli meat and cottage cheese, deli meat and mustard, turkey and jelly, etc.).
- Nut butter on graham crackers are delicious – give them a try for a daily pick-me-up (add a sliced banana with some honey!).
- Apples go well with almost anything. I usually pair them with sliced cheese, nut butter, or yogurt.
- I sometimes use avocado as “mayo” on my sandwich.