Many years ago when I first got married, I started putting on a ton of extra weight. Back then I always teased that it was my wife’s good cooking but in hindsight, it wasn’t her cooking at all.
If I had just been overweight it would have been one thing, but I had absolutely no energy either. I felt so sluggish that I drank coffee all day “just to keep my heart going” I always joked.
It was right about this time that I walked into a health store asking about a product that would restore my energy. The store owner made a couple suggestions but ultimately started talking to me about what each of my daily meals consisted of.
Most my meals varied greatly, except for breakfast. I ate prepackaged waffles every single morning – glazed with that delicious Canadian maple syrup – washed down with a couple large cups of brewed coffee.
He immediately told me to find something more nutritious to eat for breakfast instead. Not only were those waffles void of 90% of the nutrition my body badly needed, but the syrup on top were sugar shots up my veins. As in – I wasn’t just letting my immune system die off – I was also making myself fat as well.
So – upon extensive research – I decided it was time to have shakes for breakfast instead. Thanks to a recommendation by a friend, I ended up chilling out a few hundred dollars on the best smoothie blender on the market at the time. Sure it wasn’t cheap, but it definitely was worth every penny.
To get to the point, here is how I got my physical energy back:
- I replaced my unhealthy breakfast with a healthy fruit/vegetable shake. At first I felt the need to add protein powder but because I didn’t work physically at the time, I quickly realized I would do just fine without it.
Sure I was getting plenty of fruit sugar intake, but it wasn’t processed sugar. Meaning my body processed it a lot better. Also, instead of dead carbs, I got in all the nutrition my body needed to function. This alone made a huge difference in my energy level!
- Next I got back to taking multivitamins. Sure I was getting more nutrition then ever with those shakes, but I wanted more. I wanted to make sure my body got all the vitamins and calciums it needed to perform at optimum levels.
On top of the multivitamins I took vitamin B12. I would switch this off with B-complex (which is ultimately a pill with all the necessary B vitamins) but ultimately just made sure I had plenty of B12 in my system. B12 not only affects your mood, but is a huge energy and concentration booster as well.
- Doing those two things made a huge difference. I started feeling better, had more energy, and was able to focus better for extended periods of time. Now that I felt great, I decided it was time to look great as well. So I started going for walks in the evenings. Some days I would even go for a run. Believe it or not, 8 months later I was in the best shape of my life without ever hitting the gym. The best part? I felt GREAT at the same time.
Need more energy to get you through the day? Revisit each of the above steps in your life. I think you will be surprised how much you can improve on your health, energy, and looks just by doing those three steps.