So how do you raise your energy levels? By adopting some, if not all, of the practices in the High Energy Plan!
The High Energy Plan combines a number of things which are known to improve energy levels, including:
It may all seem too much to do in one go, and changing habits takes time. The simplest way is to start with small changes and add to them as the earlier changes become your new habits. There are no new parts in this plan – you have seen it in magazines before. However, you may not have seen it put together in a plan of action, with the underpinning science. For those who wish to skip the evidence bit the summary plan is given below, though, I really advise that you read the full details as understanding why you should do something may make it easier to do. For further details, just click on the bold heading. (Still in preparation)
Remember – start off gently with what you feel you can manage and add more.
SUMMARY OF THE HIGH ENERGY PLAN
- Eat organically grown produce where possible.
- Eat food as fresh as possible.
- Eat as much food as you can in its raw state or near raw. Remember that heating food over about 116 degrees farenheit will destroy its life energy, and some of the vital nutrients.
- Grill, roast or stew rather than fry.
- Prepare food as near to eating as possible.
- Drink tea, coffee and fizzy drinks sparingly, if at all.
- Prepare your food with love.
- Enjoy your food and remember it is best eaten when you are in a good mood. Anger hinders digestion.
- For maximum energy, choose only from fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds. These are also the foods that will help you to detoxify your body. You may need to cut out meat, fish, dairy, grains, such as wheat and rice, gradually.
- Drink clean water only. It should preferably be filtered if it is tap water.
- Drink at least 2 litres a day – this does not include tea, coffee etc.
- Take a good quality mineral/vitamin supplement as a minimum.
- If required, take additional individual supplements, though this should be done with guidance from a professional who understands nutritional therapy and after you have been assessed for your personal needs.
- Supplement with superfoods, such as blue-green algae.
- Start the day with 5 or 10 minutes of some energy-giving exercises, such as those devised by Donna Eden, or yoga, t’ai chi or chi gung. (see booklist)
- Take at least 30 minutes during the day to MOVE. T’ai chi, chi gung and yoga are ideal as they are energy-enhancing. You could also do some brisk walking, running, or dancing but do not go to the point of exhaustion – you are seeking to improve your energy levels.!
- Stretch… but gently as you do not want to pull a muscle. (Some experts advise only stretching when your muscles are warm, such as after a period of movement: others say you should stretch before you move to reduce the risk of injury during movement.)
- Learn how to relax and do so whenever you are feeling tense.
- Find at least one hobby that interests you.
- Enjoy the company of positive people – we are social beings.
- Challenge your brain everyday – do puzzles or mind games – use it or lose it.
- Spend at least 10 minutes a day sitting quietly watching your thoughts, or go on a meditation course.
- Give yourself “Just-a Minute” slots throughout the day, when you just stop what you are doing for a minute and sit quietly.
- Check your thoughts and actions are positive for you and others.
- Make sure you have some laughter in your day – watch/listen to a comedy you enjoy or share a joke with a friend.
- Consider what clutters up your life and get rid of it.
- Start with the easy things first, which are usually things in your home or workspace. This will give you the energy to go on to the harder things, such as tasks you dread doing or which have no positive outcome for you or someone else.
- Where it means giving up an addiction, seek professional help if necessary.
- You may wish to change the people with whom you associate but do so carefully and try not to hurt anyone unnecessarily.
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