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8 healthy ways to boost energy

By Tiffany Barrett, Special to CNN
updated 10:16 AM EST, Wed November 28, 2012
Your food and beverage choices can have a big effect on your energy levels throughout the day, an expert says.
Your food and beverage choices can have a big effect on your energy levels throughout the day, an expert says.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Energy drinks can contain excess sugar and high caffeine
  • Staying hydrated is important in avoiding fatigue, expert says
  • Eating breakfast and consuming protein can also help energy levels

Editor’s note: Tiffany Barrett is a registered dietician at Emory University’s Winship Cancer Institute.

(CNN) — As our energy levels decrease because of our overstressed lifestyles, many people look for a quick fix to combat fatigue.

Energy drinks mask the symptoms of fatigue and dehydrate the body. The majority of energy drinks contain excess sugar, high levels of caffeine and other stimulants.

Recently, the 5-hour Energy shot and Monster Energy drink have come under fire.

The Food and Drug Administration said this month that 13 deaths have been reported after consumption of 5-hour Energy. Last month, the parents of a 14-year-old girl filed suit, alleging that she died after drinking two Monster Energy drinks in a 24-hour period. Anais Fournier’s underlying heart condition was complicated by caffeine toxicity, according to the death certificate.

FDA checks reports on energy shot

Relying on caffeine and energy drinks makes us feel worse in the long run by causing our system to crash.

Continued fatigue decreases the immune system, making us more susceptible to depression and illness.

So what to do? Exercise, sleep and reducing stress are important in fighting fatigue. But our eating habits also directly affect energy levels. And nutrition can affect energy levels throughout the day.

What you should know about caffeine

Here are some tips on healthy ways to boost your energy:

Drink water

The body needs water — multiple glasses a day.

Being hydrated is an easy and inexpensive way to increase energy levels. You don’t need vitamin water or sports drinks; they only add extra unneeded calories. Keep a fresh water source with you at all times and drink throughout the day. Add lemons, limes or oranges for taste variety.

Eat breakfast

This is the meal that sets the stage for the entire day. Studies show that breakfast helps keep you alert, starts your metabolism for the day and keeps you satisfied until lunch.

But a healthy breakfast is the key. Good options include whole-grain cereals, breads, fruit and lean protein instead of doughnuts, pastries and white breads. A hard-boiled egg sliced into a whole wheat pita, oatmeal with fruit, and whole-grain toast with natural peanut butter are all healthy choices.

Don’t forget protein

Not consuming enough protein during the day can be a primary reason for fatigue. Protein-based foods provide the body with fuel to repair and build tissues. Protein takes longer than carbohydrates to break down in the body, providing a longer-lasting energy source. You can find protein in poultry, fish, lean red meat, nuts, milk, yogurt, eggs, yogurt, cheese and tofu.

Keep your carbs smart

Carbohydrates are the body’s preferred source of fuel. Pick whole grains like cereal, brown rice and whole wheat bread, and avoid sweets, which cause energy to plummet. Many processed carbohydrates contain little to no fiber. Always read the nutrition label.

Snacks are important

If you let yourself get too hungry between meals, your blood sugar falls, and you get lethargic. Keep your blood sugar and energy level steady during the day by consuming snacks. Choosing the right snacks prevent peaks and valleys in energy.

Combine complex carbs with a protein and/or fat for lasting energy. The protein and fat slow the breakdown of sugar into the blood, preventing fatigue. Snacks also can prevent overeating at mealtimes. A few examples of smart snack choices are yogurt with fruit, mixed nuts, veggies with hummus, pears with almond butter, whey protein shake or blueberries with a cheese stick. Plan ahead!

Omega-3 fatty acids

Studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation, combat depression and improve mood and memory. Try to focus on omega-3 fats from food rather than supplements. Excellent sources include salmon, tuna, walnuts, flax seeds, leafy greens and hemp seeds.

Magnesium

Almonds, walnuts and Brazil nuts are rich in magnesium, a mineral important in converting carbohydrates into energy. Other good sources of magnesium include whole grains and dark green vegetables.

Don’t skimp on calories

Skimping on calories decreases your metabolism and causes you to feel lethargic. Keep your energy levels high and increase metabolism by meeting your caloric needs each day. Whole foods are preferred over supplements to obtain protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals instead of one or two single nutrients. Consume a variety of foods for overall health but also to keep your energy levels high.

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Electrolyte-Infused Water: Is It Worth It? (Plus How to DIY)

Lately, I’ve been a little obsessed with electrolyte-enhanced water. The other day, there was a sale at the store–10 bottles for $10–and my eyes did that whirly jackpot thing, cartoon character-style. What’s going on here?

Girl Drinking Water

Water with electrolytes isn’t exactly new–it flowed (heh) into the mainstream bottled-water scene about five years ago, and now you can find it on shelves in just about every grocery store. Electrolyte-enhanced waters have things like potassium and sodium added to them, which help your body absorb the water more quickly. These electrolytes are helpful in preventing dehydration, so they’re especially useful during and after intense workouts. But filtered tap water is A-OK for shorter workouts and day-to-day hydration.

So is it necessary to invest in bottles of the stuff? You can actually DIY a version of your own electrolyte-enhanced water using things you probably already have in your kitchen. Dr. Oz’s site features a recipe from Bob Harper with four ingredients: water, agave nectar, sea salt, and baking soda (WebMD has a similar recipe).Filling a water bottle about halfway with citrus juice–which contains potassium–and distilled water, plus pinches of salt and honey, can make an electrolyte-infused drink, too.

Of course, doing it yourself won’t be exactly like the stuff on the shelves–brands like SmartWater, for example, are also “vapor-distilled,” and most brands are also flavorless–but as someone who’s shelled out more than she probably needs to on bottles to drink post-workout, I love having these cheaper options at the ready.

Do you drink electrolyte-enhanced water–or just go for the regular stuff? Are you a sportsdrink fan?

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Dark Chocolate Trifle

Serves: 4    Advanced and Core Plan Approved

This recipe is an amazingly decadent, sweet-tooth satisfying dessert with a beautiful presentation.  It has the added benefit of healthy ingredients like cocoa, coconut oil, and almonds.

Dark Chocolate Cake

1 1/2 cup almond flour

1 tsp stevia (pure steviosides)

1/3 cup cocoa

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 tsp vanilla

scant 1/3 cup coconut oil (melted)

scant cup coconut water

Mix all ingredients and put into a 8″square or 8″ round baking pan.  Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Let cool

Vanilla Cream

1 cup almond flour

1/4 tsp stevia (pure steviosides)

6 tablespoons coconut milk

1 tsp vanilla

Mix everything in a bowl (a hand mixer works best)

To assemble trifle:

Cut cake into small squares, add dolops of vanilla cream and sliced strawberries.  Best presentation in a glass.

**NOTE:  stevia amounts may need to be adjusted if using spoonable or liquid stevia.  The amounts shown are using pure stevia extract.

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2. Adjust the connection so that the curved piece hangs slightly lower than the back of the head.
3. Pull handles down until stopped by curved neck piece with handles at shoulder height. Elbows and knees are against the wall, and feet are shoulder-width apart.
4. Place curved piece behind neck and padded handle under chin or on forehead. Place one hand on each handle end, with palms toward face.
5. Hold handles firmly; relax the knees so some body weight is supported by the traction. Traction is applied and controlled by bending the knees.
6. Begin with 10 and work up to 60 repetitions per session.
7. Add deep diaphragmatic breathing with traction, then exhale completely and forcibly when the traction is released.
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CURE TO POLLEN ALLERGY?
Ahhh~~ Spring time is here, the sun is shining and flowers are blooming. It is supposed to be in the 80′s here this week. Who doesn’t love spring? If you live in an area where the weather fluctuates as much as it does where I live, you are excited when the good weather finally arrives.

However, with the good weather and flowers also comes all that pollen! People with pollen allergies have to suffer with stuffy noses, itchy throat and eyes. It is miserable when you are trying to sleep and you wake up in the middle of the night because your throat is itching so bad. It has been happening to me for the last week.

People have told me in the past that drinking honey helps a lot. I’ve also heard stories of people that drink honey for a couple years have had their allergies completely go away! I have done a little bit of research on this, and it seems like very few people know about this treatment or cure.

What is it?!

What you do is you mix a tablespoon (or however much you want to use really) of honey into warm water everyday and drink it. Or as often as you want. You can also mix it into a warm cup of green tea (which I would recommend). This is a great drink in the morning instead of coffee (which is not so good for you and stains your teeth.. ew). A couple years sounds like a long time, but I think it is worth a try if you won’t have to suffer from allergies anymore. Anyway, honey is healthier than sugar. And there are many health benefits from drinking green tea, so you should be drinking it anyway!

Last year, I tried drinking the green tea and honey mix throughout the spring time and it felt like I had no allergies what-so-ever! I didn’t even have to drink it everyday. I stopped in the fall, so now my allergies have come back . I am trying going to try this again, except without stopping.

Is it worth a try?

Obviously, you won’t see instant results like you would if you were taking some kind of medicine, such as Zyrtec, Claritin, or some prescription drug because honey is not a drug! It is completely natural. It could take days or even weeks until you notice that your allergies are not bothering you. I think that this is worth it because honey is inexpensive compared to taking pills or a spray

Does it work?

Like I said, it has worked for me and my mom. Other people have said it works as well. Here is why it works! Honey is basically vomit from bees, which is collected from the nectar of flowers. Since it comes directly from flowers, it contains small amounts of pollen in it. Not enough to set off your allergies though! It works almost like a vaccine.

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Ahhh~~  Spring time is here, the sun is shining and flowers are blooming.  It is supposed to be in the 80’s here this week.  Who doesn’t love spring?  If you live in an area where the weather fluctuates as much as it does where I live, you are excited when the good weather finally arrives.

However, with the good weather and flowers also comes all that pollen!  People with pollen allergies have to suffer with stuffy noses, itchy throat and eyes.  It is miserable when you are trying to sleep and you wake up in the middle of the night because your throat is itching so bad.  It has been happening to me for the last week.

People have told me in the past that drinking honey helps a lot.  I’ve also heard stories of people that drink honey for a couple years have had their allergies completely go away!…

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CORE Plan Menu Ideas

DAY 1

Breakfast: Smoothie
Lunch: Tomato Soup w/ Tuna Salad
Snack: Whole Grain Tortillas w/Salsa & Guacamole
Dinner: Cole Slaw w/Roasted Vegetables & 1/4-cup Hemp Seeds


DAY 2

Breakfast: Eggs Florentine
Lunch: Stuffed Portobello
Snack: Crackers and Veggies with Hummus
Dinner: Chili


DAY 3

Breakfast: Smoothie
Lunch: Taco Salad on Brown Rice and Greens
Snack: Trail Mix
Dinner: Chicken Salad on Greens with Almonds

Advanced Plan Menu Ideas

DAY 1

Breakfast: Smoothie
Lunch: Greek Salad w/Turkey Burger
Snack: Raw Nuts & Sea Salt Trail Mix
Dinner: Chicken Breast w/Oven Roasted Vegetables


DAY 2

Breakfast: Veggie Omelette with or without Cheese
Lunch: Zucchini Boats with Ground Turkey
Snack: Almond Power Bar
Dinner: Grilled Steak with Chimichurri Sacue and Mashed No-Tatoes


DAY 3

Breakfast: Smoothie
Lunch: Buffalo Chicken
Snack: Chopped Coconut
Dinner: Mini Grass-Fed Burgers with Roasted Cauliflower