Week 8: I needed to focus on my writing project, but my energy was flagging. I needed to exercise, but just didn’t feel like doing it. So eight weeks into a health transformation, what’s a girl to do?
But I couldn’t shove just anything into my mouth and think I’d get the results I wanted, I needed to choose carefully. In this case, and because at the time of this writing it’s summer, I chose one of my all time favorite instant energy enhancers. I try to keep a fresh batch in my refrigerator so it’s convenient to fuel my body with a vitamin packed snack. The fact that it’s zero points on Weight Watchers doesn’t hurt either. But best of all, the ingredients are known brain foods, which propelled me to more creative writing.
My secret energy booster? Garden grown cucumbers and onions swimming in a vinegar, water, salt, pepper, and stevia bath. Cucumbers in vinegar as we call it here in the midwest, instantly perks me up. I can literally feel alertness flow through my veins within seconds of munching on them. There’s nothing like fresh vegetables and fruit to wake me up.
In cooler months, when fresh varieties aren’t available, I imbibe on frozen. Some I’ve frozen myself from summer’s bounty. Otherwise, I buy bags in the frozen food section at the grocery store and make homemade smoothies from them. I shared one of my recipes in Week 3.
There’s no question that what we ingest affects how we feel. It impacts how productive, creative, and effiicient we are at work or at home. Knowing this, I’ve paid more attention to my body. How do I feel after eating a Snickers? What about when I drink some V-8 juice? The results are vastly different. Not only are there fewer fat pounds packed on my body, but my brain responds much more positively to God-made foods versus man-made.
And I’ve done my homework. I researched the best foods to spur the mind to its greatest potential. The fact that they curb my junk food cravings, and I feel more energetic when I eat them doesn’t hurt either. So without further delay, here’s my favorite Top 12 Brain Foods list. I hope they help you as much as they help me. If you see things you don’t like, don’t let that excuse you from treating your body well, feel free to Google your own research and find alternatives.
Top 12 Brain foods to help overcome cravings, give me energy, and fuel my mind:
- Apple with 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- V-8 juice
- Greek Yogurt
- Flax seed
- String Cheese
- Fresh smoothies
So the next time you’re craving a Milky Way, grab an apple and a string cheese instead. Not only will your joints thank you for not piling extra pounds of pressure on them, but you will feel full longer, your energy will improve, and your brain will function better. If you wash it down with a glass or two of water, you’ll also get some of the beauty benefits we talked about last week. Here’s to a healthier year, thanks for sticking with me through week eight.
Anita Fresh Faith
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business and Inspirational Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Expert, Certified Training Facilitator, Communications Specialist, national speaker. She’s the author of, First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market. Now available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, and Christianbook.com.
She’s a partner in The Zenith Zone, a business coaching firm. Member of the Christian Writer’s Guild, Toastmasters, a client of WordServe Literary Group, and the Simply Sue Speaks booking agency. A graduate of CLASSeminars for Leaders, Speakers, and Authors, a co-founder of The StoryWriting Studio, and speaker on circuit for Stonecroft International Ministries.
Anita’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research. She believes it’s never too late for a fresh start with fresh faith.
Anita likes to lounge by a river or lake in Missouri, laughing with with her husband of thirty years, Ricky.