Have you heard the saying “You are what you eat”? Maybe not literally, but you do FEEL what you eat. It’s been said that the food you eat affects your mood, good and bad. Typically we only think about the way the food we eat affects us physically, but there is also a link between the food we eat and our mood, energy, sleep, and how well we are able to focus throughout the day.
It is for these reasons that I try to eat foods that fuel my body vs eating foods that taste good while I’m eating them, but then end up making me feel tired and sluggish later. I almost always regret eating the things I know I shouldn’t be when I start to feel the effects. That’s also why I choose to follow a portion control system because it ensures I get enough of the good foods and less of the things I don’t need so much of. It’s perfectly balanced macronutrients (40% carbs, 30% protein, 30% healthy fats) to ensure my body is functioning optimally. It’s based off my current weight, height, and activity level, so I don’t starve… I get to eat plenty of food. Don’t get me wrong, I still treat myself every now and then, but I’ve realized that the taste doesn’t always outweigh the negative effects I feel afterwards. It makes me less likely to choose those foods as often as I used to.
When I eat according to my plan, I notice I have more energy, I’m able to focus on the tasks I need to do, and I don’t have as many mood swings. I also sleep much better, so even though I may be getting the same hours of sleep as usual, the quality of my sleep is improved, therefore I don’t feel so tired all day. I’ve found that I’m able to push harder during my workouts and get more out of them, instead of having to modify a lot because I don’t have enough energy to go all out.
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