In need of a boost to get those energy levels soaring? Try the new All-Day Energy Diet...
Do you spend all day feeling tired and struggle to do even the most simple of tasks? Or perhaps you find your days are filled with highs and lows of energy dips? You’re not alone.
The All-Day Energy Diet (£12.99; Hay House UK) has been devised by registered holistic nutritionist and renowned fitness expert Yuri Elkaim. He argues that in order for us to increase our energy levels, we need to repair our digestive health. By doing so, we absorb more essential nutrients which gives us more energy.
‘Years of stress and bad eating can leave your stomach broken. If you’re suffering from low stomach acid or gut flora, your body lacks the ability to break down anything you eat properly, no matter how healthy it is. Without fixing your digestion, all of the rich minerals and vitamins in your healthy meals will go to waste,’ he explains.
But don’t fret – in The All-Day Energy Diet are the tips and advice you need to reboot your digestive system and kick start your health. You’ll also learn:
- Three everyday foods in your kitchen cupboard that are robbing you of your energy.
- A super simple, 30-second eye exam at home which will reveal your stress score.
- The number one reason most people feel sick, are overweight and walk around like zombies – and how to fix it.
- The nine-question test that unveils whether or not your body is digesting food efficiently.
- The biggest mistake people make when juicing, why is what makes you fat and how to get it right.
Ready? Discover Yuri’s eight top tips to rescue the digestive system, which will boost your energy levels and can even kick-start your weight loss! A healthier you is just a few clicks away…
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Yuri argues that for us to properly digest our food, we need to take the time to observe and respect our meals, 'what you won't be doing is shovelling your food into your gullet the minute it's placed in front of you,' he explains.
'When your meal is ready, I'd like you to stop; look at it with appreciation; and take three long, slow breaths before you dig in.
'What I'm basically telling you to do is to take a moment to appreciate the food that you're about to eat. By doing so, you're not only detaching yourself from all your wordily worries, you're also shifting the focus of your entire body and mind to the act of eating.
'It de-stresses your digestive process.'
In this day and age, Yuri argues that most people aren't mindful about where they're eating - instead tending to munch meals whilst doing something else.
'Whether it's driving the kids to school or working at our desk, eating is almost an afterthought, and when it isn't, it's an indulgence. Rarely is it the simple act of nourishing ourselves,' Yuri says.
'Eating while you're occupied doing something else means there's some small level of stress and hyperactivity at work inside you. This is a problem because your stress level - however minute - will slow down your stomach's production of hydrochloric acid, which limits how effectively you can digest your food.
'Also, when you focus entirely on your meal you're able to acknowledge when you're full, feel satisfied, and don't need to eat anymore. When you're distracted you're far more likely to overeat.'
'It really is as simple as it sounds: pick up your fork or spoon, take a morsel of food and put it in your mouth,' Yuri explains.
'Taste it on your tongue and begin chewing slowly and thoroughly until you have a mushy ball of food inside your mouth. Swallow it and repeat.
'Consider how much of us actually vacuum down our meals. It's almost as if we're in a race to finish! When we do this, we can quickly overburden our digestive system as we're rushing our food down faster than the body can process it. The same goes for drinking as well, take your time!'
We hear it time and again, chew your food properly. But why? Yuri explains: 'Appreciating our food, chewing it properly and so forth is crucial to effective digestion.
'The simple truth is, if you want to digest your food properly, then you need to chew your food thoroughly - its the most under appreciated part of digestion!
'When you chew your food, you expose it to the enzymes in your mouth, which really kicks off the process of carbohydrate digestion.'
We never know whether to drink during, after or before a meal - Yuri sets it straight!
'Drinking during your meals is a big no-no. Your stomach is naturally a very acidic environment, and it needs to remain this way to break down the food you eat,' he says.
'When you drink during your meal, you're diluting the acid in your stomach, making your meal tougher to digest.
'Second, if you drink during or even after your meal, the food you're eating will impede the liquid from passing through unobstructed. Whatever you're drinking will end up sitting in your stomach on top of the food you've eaten while it digests. That can lead to a bloated feeling!
'It is, however, fine to drink a glass of water before your meal. In fact, I recommend it. When you do this, the liquid stimulates specific hormones that tell your brain that's you're not as hungry.'
Don't be afraid to take supplements to help you on your way to a healthy digestion and increased energy levels, as Yuri says: 'When you are attempting to recover from conditions as insidious as adrenal fatigue and weak digestion, there are definitely particular supplements you can take to help your healing along.
'Consider boosting your enzyme levels by taking digestive enzymes in pill form with your meals.'
Cut down those portion sizes with Yuri's advice...
'With the advent of cheap, processed foods, the human appetite has swollen to monstrous proportions. This isn't normal, and certainly isn't healthy.
'Without question, the less you eat the more energetic you will feel. Take note of how full you feel as you're eating. As a general rule, you want to put your fork down when you're 80% full.
'Eat as you need to, no more and no less.'
Did you know that eating a plate of mixed foods could actually be having more of an impact on your digestion than you realised?
'Proteins are primarily digested in the acidic environment of your stomach, while the alkalinity of your small intestine tackles the digestion of fats and carbohydrates,' says Yuri.
'The principle of food combining holds that any meal that combines all of these types of food will be a burden on your digestive system.
'Be mindful of the food you put together - don't eat heavy proteins and starchy carbohydrates together and always eat fruit by itself.'
Double your energy in seven days with this new book by Yuri Elkaim, filled with tips plus recipes and much much more! All-Day Energy Diet (£12.00; Hay House UK)