IMPORTANT HEALTH ARTICLE
by Yuri Elkaim, BPHE, CK, RHN
Author, Eating for Energy
Go to any grocery store and you’ll find thousands of packaged foods with food labels that continually tell us that energy equals calories.
For instance, pick up a box of cereal and look at its food label. At the very top, it will read something like “Per 1 cup serving” followed by “Energy = 235 calories”.
So it’s no wonder that for decades we’ve been brainwashed to believe that if we want more energy we should be eating more calories.
But wait a second…
Does that really make sense?
I mean, if you go to McDonald’s and wolf down a Big Mac combo that contains over 1500 calories are you really going to feel energetic afterwards?
I don’t think so.
And that’s why I want you to reconsider what you might define as the “real” energy in food. And for that matter…what energy foods really are. They aren’t energy drinks - that’s for sure - as we’ll see shortly.
In order to understand the real energy of foods, it is helpful to first realize that WE (humans) and all living things on this planet are energy beings.
We don’t create energy since according to thermodynamics “energy cannot be created or destroyed, simply transferred from one form to another”.
Instead, much like a tube with flowing through, we simply allow energy to pass through us. We consume energy through food and release energy as heat from exertion and metabolic processes.
The only difference between living things is their vibrational frequency. Without getting too metaphysical let’s just agree that the vibrational frequency of a tree is slightly different than that of a human. I hope that makes sense.
All you need to really remember is that humans are energetic beings and that we resonate more and less with foods that either energize us or rob us of energy, respectively.
Certain foods have greater energetic “force” than others. These foods should form the basis of our diet because not only do they give us more energy but they provide our body with everything it needs to thrive!
To help you better grasp this concept, I want to open your eyes to something you may have never seen before…
The life force (ak. energy or aura) emanating from various foods. These special photographs known as Kirlian photographs are courtesy of my friend (and Kirlian specialist), Christopher Wodtke.
First, have a look at the picture on the left. It’s a kirlian photograph of organic broccoli that has been steamed for just 2 minutes. Notice the energy coming from it.
Now, look at the image of broccoli on the right. It too is organic but the only difference is that it hasn’t been cooked. It is raw.
Notice a difference? Of course you do.
The raw broccoli (on the rigt) has far more “life force” than its cooked counterpart (left).
Cooking foods above 118 degrees fahrenheit degrades their inherent life force. Heating foods denatures their proteins and ezymes and makes your body work harder to digest them, which, as a result further drains your body's energy reserves!
Here’s a Kirlian photograph of a few French fries (aka. cancer sticks). Notice its lack of luster. It’s not really giving off much energy is it?
Compare to that to a naturally occurring superfood – cacao (the active ingredient in chocolate).
Quite different, wouldn’t you agree?
Seeing is believing and that’s I wanted to show you these incredible images. If only we could see this life force – the real energy of food – when going through the aisles of our local grocery store we’d all be making healthier food choices and enjoying more energy and better health.
But that simply is not happening.
Instead, we’re fixated on food labels that mean little to nothing when you stop and consider the garbage ingredients found in most packaged foods.
If you want more energy, better health, and a sexy, radiant body then you need to be eating foods that give your body MORE life force.
It’s as simple as that.
Counting calories and percentages of carbs and proteins means little when you simply focus on eating whole foods in their natural state. When more of your diet is comprised mainly of foods that are unprocessed and consumed in their most natural state, only then can you achieve incredible vitality.
The more natural and the more varied your diet, the less you have to worry about counting calories and worrying about getting enough protein. Natural whole foods contain everything you need in the exact proportions in which you need them.
Caffeine is the most widely drug on the planet. Most people use caffeine (mainly in the form of coffee) as a means of waking up in the morning or staying awake in the afternoon and avoiding the 3pm “crash”.
But stimulants like coffee are deceptive. They give you an initial surge of energy, which is short-lived, and is eventually followed by a sense of deep fatigure.
This is because stimulants overwork your adrenals and never really allow your body to renew its own energy. If left to itself, your body would know how to regenerate and renew itself in order to feel more refreshed.
However, we continue to inundate our bodies with faux foods and stimulants which make us more alert in the short-term without recognizing the detrimental long-term consequences.
Want more energy?
I think we all do. When you have endless amounts of energy you can do so much more with your life. Whether that means being more productive at work, being able to exercise more often, spending more time with your kids, or traveling more often; having more energy is a vital component to living a fulfilled life.
And the best way to have more energy is to have some more energy.
That means energizing yourself with natural energy foods and a high energy diet. What does that look like, you ask?
Well, I'll tell you what it doesn’t look like…
It doesn’t consist of eating lots of grains, animal products, processed foods, sugar, and caffeine. It doesn’t involve resorting to Red Bull and other energy drinks for a pick me up.
In all honesty, there is not ONE single food that is more important that your overall diet when it comes to boosting your energy and your health.
Therefore, to have more energy your overall diet must consist of foods that are high in life force (refer to the pictures above). It just so happens that these same foods will have the greatest nutritional value, high levels of water, and everything else your body needs to thrive.
So what are you waiting for?
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Eating for Energy - The Real Energy of Foods