“I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you.” ~ Joyce Meyer
What Healthy Things Can I Snack On?
We think we find something tasty to eat with packaging leading us to believe we are doing something good for our bodies, only to learn it contains things we shouldn’t consume.
What can we do?
This article outlines an approach to healthy nutrition supporting energy and focuses on three significant points:
- How to Fuel Your Body for Energy and Focus
- The Best Snacks for Energy and Focus
- How Tiger Medical Improves Energy and Focus
How to Fuel Your Body for Energy and Focus
If you want to learn to maintain consistent energy and focus, you’ll need to know some of the fundamentals of managing blood sugar levels and the peak state of consciousness called a flow state.
Our Western diet is filled with simple carbohydrates such as white bread, sugary drinks marketed as good for you, baked goods, and cereals.
When we consume simple carbs, they convert to glucose, and our body burns glucose as fuel. This spikes our glycemic index, which measures the increase in our blood glucose level.
The glycemic index is often spiked by eating refined carbohydrates and added sugars, compared with eating a more adaptive amount of glucose in a more balanced diet.
Why is the Glycemic Index Important?
The glycemic index classifies carbohydrate-containing foods according to their potential to raise blood sugar levels.
Foods with a high glycemic index value tend to raise your blood sugar faster than foods with a lower value.
A lifetime of eating foods that elevate your glycemic index can lead to diabetes. It also leads to energy loss and focuses as the temporary spike in energy from the sugar burns off.
In terms of your energy, glucose burns fast, whereas fat burn is slower, more consistent, and healthier.
The key to healthy snacking is to reduce sugar and simple carbs and increase consumption of foods that do not spike your glycemic index and provide fat as fuel.
The Best Snack for Energy and Focus
Dr. Adilia Kreps of Tiger Medical Institute says that “sustained energy throughout the day is best met with snacks rich in protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Proteins and fats provide more slow-release energy than other foods, which helps avoid sugar crashes that can diminish energy.”
Here is a short list of snacks you can prepare that won’t spike your blood sugar and provide that slow-burn energy you are looking for:
- A handful of unsalted nuts.
- A piece of fruit with nut butter.
- Carrot sticks with hummus.
- A cup of berries or grapes served with a few cubes of cheese.
- Greek yogurt with sliced almonds.
- Apple slices with almond butter or peanut butter.
Beyond Blood Sugar and the Science of Flow
Improving your blood sugar management will enhance energy and focus, but the way to really amp up focus is to learn how to live a high-flow lifestyle.
Flow is a peak state of consciousness where you work and feel your best. In flow, you are 500% more productive, according to a study by consulting firm McKinsey.
The core concept to learn is the management of your attention.
You improve attention by understanding your personal purpose, vision, and core values. Once that work is done, you then create a goal stack starting with a 5-year vision. This is broken down into annual, quarterly, monthly, and weekly goals.
From this stack, you now create a daily plan that drives focus.
What we are interested in, we focus on. This process keeps you working on things that are most interesting to you.
From there, it’s about improving your health (poor health leads to insufficient energy and focus), optimizing your psychology, and then engineering your day so you maximize your focus around the priorities that matter most to you. This, in turn, promotes flow.
Get my book Unleash the Peak Performer Within You to learn more about flow.
How Tiger Medical Improves Energy and Focus
Tiger Medical Institute is a specialty medical clinic focused on advanced restorative medicine.
Our focus is on the driven professional who has achieved success but feels their health has been compromised and wants to get ahead of any severe issues proactively.
Tiger employs a three-step process with each patient that has proven to work repeatedly in resolving underlying causes of poor energy and focus.
These symptoms keep you from showing up as the best version of yourself and sap personal productivity.
Here is how Tiger Medical helps:
- Test for underlying mechanisms driving your low energy and poor focus.
- Customize treatment and lifestyle changes specifically for low energy and poor focus.
- Partner with your Tiger doctor and health coach to implement the plan for a year!
Tiger Medical employs advanced tests to view your health profile comprehensively. You complete a health history survey, and our doctors review, interview, and customize your testing based on what they learn about you.
From test results, we customize your health recovery path. You then enter into the Tiger Medical process that generates results consistently over time.
You can go here to learn from previous Tiger clients how our approach worked for them!
Lastly, it is essential to understand Tiger Medical is not primary care. We recommend that you first seek your local doctor’s opinion, remain under the supervision of your primary care doctor, and augment their care with a specialty clinic like Tiger when it makes sense.
Your Next Best Steps
If, based on the information you have reviewed here in our article and on our website, you feel Tiger Medical is a good fit, then the next best step is to go here to book an assessment call with a Tiger Professional.
In this first call, the meeting is about learning your history, struggles, and goals. This is a valuable assessment process that aids you in deciding if one of Tiger’s programs works to meet your needs.
We want to ensure that you are a good fit for our program and that our Tiger team can help you resolve your challenges.
It’s time to make yourself patient number one and embrace self-care.
The first step in that process is to meet with us to learn how!
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