Complex carbohydrates are energy foods. Protein is the 'buzz word' for all the protein-aholics in the US. If you have too much protein especially from animal sources (whey included) your kidneys have to work harder to expel it by draining calcium from your bones........ yuck! What you want is the exact amount of protein that you need. If you eat the right amount of calories that you need from whole foods, you will have the exact amount of protein that you need. It is really that simple. You don't have to supplement with a protein powder. All veggies have protein in them. Complex carbs like whole grains, quinoa, brown rice, etc are RICH in protein. Broccoli, greens, etc are also rich sources of protein. So just EAT enough to support your energy output and you will be fine. A vitamin b12 supplement should be the only supplement you should need unless you have some illness or physical problem causing an issue. (Beans, greens, potatoes. etc are all high in iron. when eaten with citrus like lemon are absorbed well. ex lentil soup, with potatoes with squeeze of lemon and cumin is an extremely HIGH whole food iron meal)
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I had low energy all the time too, so my gym trainer suggested that I take the following: protein powder, vitamin B12, calcium, and vitamin C. Since I have been taking these my energy has sky rocked.
I bought the protein power called WHEY (vanilla creme flavor) and I mix it with 1% milk and drink it twice a day. Believe it or not it is absolutely delicious. I look forward to it because it taste just like a vanilla milkshake (so it is almost like a treat).
Bad carbs are basically without fiber, especially white flour and sugars. Good carbs are whole grains, beans, potatoes with skins, etc.
I eat quinoa since it contains complete protein. From what I understand, your body can't tell the difference between it and a steak as far as protein is concerned. So if you think you are low energy due to low intake of protein, try quinoa and see how you feel.
I make a simple quinoa salad with chopped tomatoes, cucumber, and onion. I drizzle with some olive oil, lemon juice, add a little salt and pepper, mix and that's it.
Edited by: CHANTENAY at: 4/22/2013 (22:14)
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Check out Savvy vegetarian, its a good resource for vegans / vegetarians
Edited by: AMYTHECRAFTER at: 4/22/2013 (20:32)
I started out top weight 245 but that was when I actually got on a scale. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia almost 20 years ago. Over the years I've learned that I do so much better when I eat organic foods and I haven't eaten red meat in years I have been gradually working more raw foods, vegetables and fruit into my diet. I avoid drive through resturants like the plague.
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This is a quote from:"The McDougall Program 12 Days to Dynamic health" by John A. McDougall M.D. page 36. " Rice, corn and other grains and potatoes typically store about 80 percent of their calories in the form of complex carbohydrates. Beans, peas and lentils are approximately 70 per cent complex carbohydrates. Starches contain sufficient calories to easily meet the energy requirements of the active person, and they are abundant in the proteins (with all their essential amino acids), essential fats, fibres, and minerals required to meet our daily dietary needs."
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I'm sure this is a basic question but since I don't know the answer, would like to ask... :)
Eating fruits and veggies and proteins (soy) fill me up and so I don't find myself getting overly hungry. BUT, I've been kinda low energy. Aside from examining caloric intake, is it carbs (good kind) that give you energy?
I think protein is to keep you full and carbs are to make you energetic? *confused*
Also, I realize white flour items and baking goods would be "bad" carbs. (Quick energy high but also quick crash= needing more and more to keep energy going= weight gain/poor health)
But what are "good carbs"? I heard is some difference between whole grain vs whole what and so forth. Or like "junk" cereals that say they are made with whole grains but know they have to not be good for you still.
I will read up too! Just a question for any quick advice/tips til I get to it. ;)
Thanks so much! I appreciate everyone very, very much!!
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