Articles by: Michele Sevier  M.Ed, DNM, 
              Education Director,  
              Nutrition House 
Top Image January 2017
Energy, we all want it, yet many of us can only remember it from our distant past. 
While it no longer seems to be the norm, there are people who possess an all day "get up and go" enthusiasm, yet others cannot seem to get moving, constantly dealing with chronic tiredness and/or "bone-tired" weariness. Physical energy can be elusive. For centuries, humans have relied on energy and vitality to move mountains by hand, but now, we must figure out how to maneuver self and family out the door to arrive at work and school on time.

The immediacy of the modern world demands quick fixes. To increase energy, we generally reach for stimulants like sugar and/or caffeine. A coffee and bagel or juice and toast. And while these foods may provide a source of immediate energy, the choice of "fuel" does not result in long term gains, but rather the "crash and burn" we feel mid-morning or mid-day.

The human body is amazing. It is designed to use the fuel we provide to produce energy 24 hours a day. The dietary fuels we choose will influence health and vitality, which ultimately impacts our decisions and abilities to engage in playful or focused mental and physical activities. When we have lost the zest to think clearly, walk or dance, it impacts so much more.

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TOP PICKS TO THRIVE
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1.  Essential fatty acids (EFA's). The energy generated by EFA's is a clean and stable source of fuel. Both omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids are important structural components of cell membranes and serve as precursors to bioactive mediators. Plus, they have a complement of health benefits.
DID YOU KNOW?
Healthy brains contain high levels of omega 3 DHA for 
neurological and cognitive development.
2.  Whey protein. An excellent way to begin the day. Using whey "primes" our metabolism early in the day and will help play a significant roll in how we maintain energy throughout the day. Whey protein plays a major role in growth and repair. It also supports our immune system to tackle day to day stressors.  
3.  Greens formulation. Contains concentrated vegetable and often, fruit combinations.   They are rich in nutrients and antioxidants. In today's fast paced lifestyles, it is difficult to obtain the necessary servings of fruits and veggies we need. A high-quality greens formula makes it easy to obtain the nutrients required to improve energy and good health.

The body requires a strong foundation to thrive. Essential macronutrients including lean protein and healthy fats are valuable fuel sources regardless of your age or stage of life.  The simple solution to build energy is to combine all 3 supplements into a great tasting breakfast smoothie. Think of it as insurance to supply your body with an easy to digest super food combination. 
Vegetarian Chili
Grandma's 
Slow Cooker 
Vegetarian Chili

Beans contain lean protein, complex carbohydrates. They benefit cardiovascular health. Also, in January, who doesn't want to curl up with some warm comfort food!


Ingredients:
  • 19 ounce) can black bean soup 
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (16 ounce) can vegetarian baked beans
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can chopped tomatoes in puree
  • 1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
Watch how to make this delicious recipe at http://bit.ly/2iPsRWq 
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