{Guest Post} Keep Your Energy Tank Full…

I have a special treat for you today! 🙂 Guest post by my friend, Lisa Woodie.  Lisa and I met a few months back at several networking events.  We really hit it off with our conversations about beer (yes we both like beer), cooking, and how to eat better.  We talked a little business too but the other stuff was more important. 😉

Lisa Woodie, Owner & Chef
Homemade Fresh

Lisa is the owner and chef behind Homemade Fresh Chef Services.  She helps individuals, couples and families eat healthier meals with heat-and-eat convenience. She provides meal packages, catering for personal and business events, and cooking classes that are educational and fun. All meals are personalized based on each client’s tastes, preferences and dietary requirements. Her scratch-made recipes focus on using fresh, high quality ingredients. Whether you need help this holiday season or all year round, Homemade Fresh is the healthy, convenient, affordable solution!

Maybe she could make something for our Thanksgiving Day feast? 😉

Without further ado…

‘Tis the Season to Keep Your Energy Tank Full

 The holidays are approaching quickly, and for many people that means your schedule will get even busier. You’ll have less time to plan and prepare meals and snacks. So you’ll probably rely more on take-out, restaurant and quick convenience meals from the supermarket. You may visit the drive-through and vending machine more frequently. You may skip some meals altogether. It may be harder to find time to exercise. Then suddenly, it’s the end of the year and you are exhausted and a few pounds heavier. How can you prevent this?

As your schedule gets busier, you’ll need more energy. And the scenario I described above will deplete your energy tank. Your body is like a car, and you need a tank full of good fuel to keep your engine running smoothly and your energy level up. Here’s one way to help you get through the holiday season (and the whole year!) with more energy and productivity. As a bonus, it could make you healthier too!

Don’t Skip Meals, Especially Breakfast

The old adage is true:  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for your brain, your energy level and your metabolism. In the morning your fuel tank is low, so you need to refuel with a healthy breakfast that includes lean protein and good carbohydrates (like eggs and fresh fruit). This will jump-start your metabolism and give you sustained energy. Beware of caffeine and sweets because those can put you on an energy rollercoaster with dramatic highs and lows. When you skip a meal, your body goes into starvation mode which dramatically slows your metabolism, makes you store fat, and depletes your energy. To maximize your energy and productivity, eat three balanced meals (lean meat, vegetables,  whole grains) daily along with a healthy afternoon snack. Examples of good snacks are a handful of nuts, string cheese, Greek yogurt, fresh fruit, or carrots with hummus. Follow this plan every day and you may be surprised at how great you feel.

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So the moral of this story?  Lisa rocks — she is an amazing chef — and never skip breakfast!

I have a hard time getting motivated to eat breakfast.  I like to start each day with a cup of yummy java and then I either dive into a book or work.  If Raymond doesn’t make me breakfast, then I either don’t eat (gasp!) or I eat a bowl of grits (blech!).

I’m trying to make breakfast the most balanced meal of the day! 🙂

Feel free to leave some love for Lisa in the comments section. 🙂 Got any questions?  Ask away!

Until next time…