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Eighteen Foods to Eat for Energy

(In Hebrew, the number eighteen stands for Life).


One of the things a single mother needs most is energy.  E-n-e-r-g-y… To get her body going from morning to eve,  to  grunt out of bed in the morning, to push her kids to school, to  shift herself through one more day of work, and  to somehow or other get through the day. Pay the bills, wash the dishes, make the beds, call the doctors, cook the supper, double housework with job. Gets you tired? It makes me too but I’ve read that the successful people are those who are so enthused with their work that they stay up till late hours (or early hours?) to complete. So I have to have the energy to imitate.

Believe me, I’ve ransacked the shelf on energy including buying energy bars (wallet-robbing); skipping rope (returns me to my teens); dunking my head or feet in cold water (brr!); and copying Benjamin Franklin’s 15 minutes daily rest  (sometimes makes me want to extend).

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Two weeks ago, I scoured through the journals for energy-promoting foods using only articles that had been produced within the last decade and that were medically-based. I gave it a try monitoring my progress at the end of each day and concluded that the following foods may have upped my energy. Now before preceding further, I must tell you that  my previous diet included: potatoes, bread, occasional snacking (which I was told was good for me), bittersweet chocolate (perhaps more sweet than bitter), and  the occasional gum (which I rationalized as  good for my teeth). Take that into consideration when you read on. The change may have occurred not so much due to the new foods as due to my diet-change.

Nutritionists listed energizing foods that included the following.

  • Bananas
  • Peanuts
  • Mixed nuts
  • Cheese
  • Whole wheat pasta
  • Edamame
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Fish
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Carrots
  • Radishes
  • Quinoa
  • Brown rice
  • Berries

And best of all coffee. Now, coffee, nectar of the workaholics, costs money, takes time, can make you jittery and nervous – but it can also help you operate at peak mental performance. Hallelujah! I love my coffee.

What about you? Do you feel as tired as I and have you found anything helpful to uplift you?

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Leah Zitter is a scientific researcher and writer who uses her Master’s degree in Philosophy and Logic and her academic training in counseling, psychology and scientific research to help her and readers achieve what they want in life.

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