by Laura Stack
The Productivity Pro®
Energy is capacity: the potential to do work, to enjoy life, and to achieve your goals. Nobody understands the value of personal energy better than productivity expert Laura Stack, whose new book The Exhaustion Cure (Broadway Books) is due to hit stores in May.
In this series of brief messages, Laura reveals the secrets to maximizing your personal energy level.
I Keep Going and Going and Going
If you want to be like the Energizer Bunny and keep going and going and going all day long, you need to supercharge your metabolism -- the cellular process by which your body converts food calories into energy. This process isn't necessarily easy, and it requires an understanding of your own biochemical makeup and metabolism. Here are a few ways you can tweak your metabolism for maximal performance.
1. Practice the power of eight. Boost your body's metabolism by exercising vigorously, lifting weights, eating 5-6 small, healthy meals a day, keeping yourself hydrated and cutting back on stimulants, including caffeine.
2. Keep your glucose level up. If your blood sugar level drops too low, you may end up becoming tired, weak, hungry, nervous and anxious -- and worse, incoherent. Keep quick energy sources close at hand, just in case.
3. Get yourself checked for diabetes. If you're constantly hungry, chilly and fatigued, you may be suffering from diabetes -- a metabolic inability to process glucose properly. Go to a doctor and have a blood test done.
4. Schedule your meals. If you eat irregularly or only when you're hungry, you're likely to destabilize your blood sugar level. Always eat breakfast, never skip a meal, and consider eating numerous small meals instead of three big ones.
5. Eat high energy foods. Trim "sleepy" foods, like pasta, bread, bagels, muffins, and cookies, out of your diet where you can. You're better served eating high-energy foods like meat, raisins, Concord grapes, bananas and broccoli.
6. Pep up your metabolism. If you've got a ho-hum metabolism, try eating foods that can help speed it up. Spicy foods and green tea have both proven effective at boosting the metabolism; green tea extract offers the most bang for your buck.
7. Cut the caffeine. Caffeine may give you a quick burst of energy, but you could pay for it later with high blood pressure, insomnia, stress, and addiction. If you can't give up that daily Starbucks run, at least cut back from venti to grande.
8. Boost your intake of calcium, iron, and magnesium. These three minerals are absolutely essential to bone, blood, and mental function, so you should eat foods that are rich in each. Failing that, take a good multivitamin daily.
©2008 Laura Stack. Laura Stack (www.TheProductivityPro.com) is a professional speaker who helps busy workers Leave the Office Earlier® with Maximum Results in Minimum Time™. She is the president of The Productivity Pro®, Inc., a time management company that caters to high-stress industries. Laura is the bestselling author of the books Find More Time (2006) and Leave the Office Earlier (2004). Her newest productivity book, The Exhaustion Cure (2008, Broadway Books), is available for pre-order at Amazon.com.