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Food Is Energy

One of the most powerful tools you have in your daily toolbox to get more energy is food.

I know, it sounds crazy, right?

How can food give me energy?

But you surely know the story about how the Thanksgiving turkey puts you to sleep?

It’s true. There is a chemical in turkey called tryptophan that actually makes you drowsy. Turkey is loaded with it!

Well, the opposite is true of a lot of other foods, and if you can harness the right foods at the right times, you can be energized by your food all day long.

First, let’s talk about what puts you to sleep, aside from turkey, of course.

Foods that Drain Your Energy

Coffee. The beloved energy drink of so many.

Coffee is amazing, it is packed with healing and wellness properties like polyphenols and antioxidants, but too much coffee actually drains your energy.

It’s true.

6 hours after you have coffee, it drags you down into the doldrums and leaves so many people with that 3PM slump.

So, if you are going to drink coffee, and who could blame you, aim for a small size, maybe even a half caffeinated option, and try to find one that has mushrooms in it!

Yes, mushroom coffee is all the rage right now and for great reason. Mushrooms have amazing healing properties for your brain and gut health, and they will boost your energy as much as coffee will.

Also, try to limit the amount of sugar you put in your coffee, or switch to a lower glycemic sweetener like agave or honey.


Sugar is another energy drain. Like coffee, it will boost your energy temporarily and then drop you flat.

The awful part is that there is no healthy upside to pure sugar in your body. You get plenty of the natural sugars you need from your fruits and vegetables.

Cane sugar, and especially high fructose corn syrup, are really just toxins your body has to fight off and clear out, which, of course, takes energy.

Which means your energy will flag.

With honey or agave, at least you are getting all the good antioxidant, antibacterial, and antiviral properties.

Processed food is another huge energy drain. If it was not made with real food, as close to its original state as possible, it is likely going to sit in your body for a long time, which is going to drain your energy because your body is busy trying to break it all down.

Cut out processed foods and foods made with seed oils and vegetable oils as much as you can.

Foods that Give You Energy