HIGH ENERGY FOODS
To enjoy more energy with macrobiotics the key component to explore are high energy macrobiotic foods, deep breathing exercises, good sleep, positive thinking, meditation and exercise.
Foods provide energy in the form of calories which increase blood glucose. Oxygen combines with the calories to provide energy. Therefore a mix of foods that slowly elevate blood glucose, without precipitating a release of insulin from the pancreas to bring blood glucose down, combined with high levels of oxygen in the blood from deep breathing exercises will fuel every cell in our body. In addition consuming adequate iron produces the haemoglobin to transport oxygen to every cell.
This needs to be combined with good sleep so the body can restore, regenerate and prepare for the next day. Short periods of meditation or deep relaxation through the day can add to the energy recovery process.
HIGH ENERGY MACROBIOTIC FOODS
The principle is to eat high energy foods in a form where the calories enter the blood in the form of glucose over a longer period. This mean foods with available calories and high in fibre. The fibre slows the rate at which calories increase blood glucose. So high fibre foods which are also a good source of calories are ideal for more energy.
Whole grains are an excellent high energy food as they have calories and fibre. This combination means they are low enough in the glycemic index to provide slow and sustained increase in blood glucose. A high energy diet can be built around whole grains with additional vegetables, beans, fruit, nuts and seeds, which will all provide calories and be fibre rich.
Good sources of iron in your diet will help ensure that you have haemoglobin to take oxygen into the blood and carry it to the cells in your body. Include green vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, sea vegetables for plant sources of iron. Have a blood test for iron, vitamin D and B12 if you feel unusually tired.
To make the most of your high energy whole grains it would make sense to start the day with a whole grain porridge. Popular grains are whole oats, buckwheat, millet, quinoa and whole rice. You could use any one of these or a mixture.
To make the porridge soak the grains overnight. This could be a half cup of dry grains with 3 cups of water for a thinner porridge. In the morning bring the mixture to a simmer and turn off the heat. Cover with a lid and leave for 20 minutes. You can add soaked nuts and seeds, fresh fruit, cinnamon and other favourites to create a full flavour.
For the rest of the day consider brown rice with a bean stew, whole meal bread such as rye, whole grain noodles such as buckwheat, barley soups, millet mash, quinoa salads and other delicious whole grain dishes as appropriate to your energy needs.