Do you struggle with your energy levels?
It’s something I hear all the time.
Like one of my readers…
“While I don’t have diabetes, I sure have highs and lows and slumps when I don’t eat right or eat too much sugar or carbs.
How can I overcome my food energy issues?”
It’s a great question.
Here’s my response…
How to Avoid Energy Highs & Lows
1. Replace sugar and carbs with healthy fats.
There are two types of fuel our bodies and brains can burn for energy:
i) Glucose (from sugar and carbs)
ii) Ketones (from fat).
Glucose is stored as glycogen.
We only store a limited amount.
When you’re burning glucose and you use up your stores, your energy levels drop.
And you feel crazy hungry.
Our fat stores, on the other hand are abundant.
Even very lean people have enough body fat to supply ketones to keep them going for days and days.
I did a 48-hour fast recently.
I felt amazing the whole time.
I went for a run each morning and was super productive at work.
Because I was burning fat for fuel.
If I was eating carbs before my fast, I would have been in glucose burning mode.
Which would make fasting incredibly difficult.
Low energy and high hunger.
When you’re eating low carb, you switch to fat burning mode.
Which means you’re literally using your body fat for energy.
It’s a beautiful thing.
Focusing on replacing sugar and carbs with healthy fats is the easiest way to get off the energy roller coaster.
And into fat burning mode.
2. Watch your iron levels
Rather than highs and slumps, low iron manifests as low energy all the time.
Mine iron tends to be low.
If I don’t have red meat for a while, I feel it.
My favourite quick fix is to have some chicken liver pate or a big bowl of mussels – 2 of the best sources of iron.
Or have a nice steak or some lamb.
What about you?
Do you struggle with energy highs and slumps?
Or do you have another problem you’d like some help with?
Then Stonesoup Health Coaching can help!
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Have fun in the kitchen!