Best Foods for Maximum Energy

Author: Erica Harris | | Categories: Carbohydrates , Carbs , Fat , Fats , Glucose , Minerals , North Vancouver , Online Fitness Training , Protein , Sleep , Stress , Sugar , Vancouver , Vitamins , Weight Loss

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Are you fatigued or do you have a severe fatigue problem? If so, you’re not alone as millions of others are troubled by this as well. I want to go through and share with you which foods are best at maximizing energy as well as touch on which foods you should avoid that are robbing your energy. 

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First let's go through a couple of things that may be affecting your energy apart from food.

Sleep and stress
If you aren't sleeping soundly and deeply every night and going to bed at a consistent time (i.e., the same time every night), then you are most likely sleep deprived and therefore are affecting your ability to get maximum energy. I stress this a lot with my clients and try to teach them ways and hacks to maximize their sleep and thus their energy. Another one is stress. I would need to do a whole separate video on that but suffice it to say that both of these can markedly affect your energy.

In today's video though I going to discuss the diet component. First let’s address foods to avoid that rob your energy and then we'll talk about the foods to consume to get more energy. You are going to be A LOT more successful in this by avoiding certain things that you shouldn't be eating than just consuming certain things. You want to attack it so to speak from both sides. 

So let’s start with the foods to avoid.

Foods to avoid
    1. Sugar (all) and carbs
    Fruit, bread, rice, potato, grains, juice, high-fructose corn syrup, etc. If you are just starting out OR getting back on the band wagon, I recommend keeping your carbs below 20 total grams per day. These types of foods will give a quick boost in energy and then followed by a crash.
    2. Frequent eating
    No more snacking between meals. That's all I'm going to say on that. I’ve addressed this in other videos so feel free to check those out on my channel.
Foods to eat
    1. Protein
    Aim to get at least a moderate amount of protein per day anywhere from 1.2-1.7 g/kb of bodyweight. This I would say is the minimum amount. If you can, aim for 1 g of protein per pound of your IDEAL or GOAL bodyweight (the weight you want to be). In regards to kilograms this works out to 2.2 g of protein per kilogram of bodyweight. As a general ballpark, go for 3-8 oz. (90-225 g) per meal, 2-3 times per day. This range is wide so it would need to be refined to your specific goals and goal bodyweight, but as a starting point this is good. The protein sources that are best are: red meat (fatty cuts), fish/seafood (such as salmon), eggs as well as other meats (fatty parts) and organs (liver). The reason you want the fatty cuts of meat is it will cause less of an insulin response compared to leaner cuts of meat and insulin we want to keep to low normal.

Click this link for more info on grass-fed, grass-finished beef liver: 
    2. Potassium and magnesium
    Potassium is critical when it comes to energy levels as potassium is involved in the sodium-potassium pump and we have billions of these pumps all throughout our body within our cells and they generate the electrical battery for all the cells. They aid in muscle and nerve function as well as many other things. The requirement for potassium is fairly high at approximately 4700 mg per day. The potassium sources I recommend are all animal meats primarily as well as avocados, leafy greens and non-starchy vegetables. In regards to magnesium, you can also get it from leafy greens and non-starchy vegetables, and magnesium is also critical in making energy in the mitochondria which are the energy powerhouses of our cells. In order to make ATP which is the energy currency of the body, you require magnesium. On top of eating leafy greens and non-starchy vegetables, I also recommend taking a magnesium supplement such as magnesium glycinate or magnesium threonate. See below for my recommendations.

SynerMag (magnesium glycinate and malate)
Suggested use: Take 500-1000mg, which is 1 capsule, twice daily (ideally take the second one 1-2 hours before bed to help with sleep)
Click this link for more info:

Mind Mag (magnesium threonate)
Suggested use: Take 500-1000mg, which is 1 capsule daily
Click this link for more info:

    3. B vitamins
    If you eat grains, you are depleting your B vitamins so if you aren't eating grains (good job!) you probably don't need to supplement with B vitamins. B vitamins are also involved in the energy factories of the cells, the mitochondria as mentioned above. Good sources of B vitamins are red meat, organ meats as well as most other animal proteins such as fish and eggs. Red meat and organs though are best. I'll link below to the organ supplements I take if you don't find eating fresh organs palatable. 
    4. Fats
    Specific fats that will help you with energy are MCTs, animal fats (specifically saturated fats but NOT vegetable fats as in vegetable/seed oils), and also eggs are a great source of fat (they are one of THE most balanced foods). A great benefit of MCTs are they are converted to ketones quickly in the body by the liver and are burned for energy. 

So there you have it. Hopefully these best foods to maximize energy were helpful. If you just focus on getting these foods in you and removing the other foods, you will get your energy back and will see that it works. To recap: increase your protein intake, eat potassium and magnesium-rich foods, get your B vitamins through the foods you eat, and consume healthy fats. Comment below with which ones you do and share others you feel are helpful.  I would love to hear your thoughts. 

If you want to learn how to get started on a lifestyle to lose body fat, reverse chronic disease and optimize your health, visit my website at and download my free guide on the “8 Strategies for Lasting Fat Loss and Optimal Health” and receive a free 20 minute phone consultation.

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