I can’t tell you how many times people have asked me “how do you have so much energy?”
It’s a fair question, but the truth is, the people who ask — usually only see the tip of the iceberg.
There were days/weeks/months at a time where I would volunteer to teach martial arts and self defense classes for any of the 12 kindergarten or elementary schools in the surrounding areas.
So my normal schedule during these weeks were what most people would call… insane?
From 7:00 a.m. to 3:30pm I would see and teach every single one of the 500-1,500 kids in that school that day for anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. And if you’ve ever dealt with a large number of kids then you know that the level of energy that you bring to the table has to overshadow theirs — or they’ll eat you alive!
I then sprinted to the dojo where I would teach martial arts and fitness classes from 4:00pm-10:30pm for students of all ages and all levels.
After classes ended my team and I would clean the school and recap the day. Luckily my team was amazingly organized and meetings and cleaning usually only lasted until 11:30. I would then go to my home office and work on other business ventures until 2 or 3am, grab 2-4 hours of sleep and start all over.
Now most people snap from 40 hour work weeks — but I was consistently pushing 100 hours a week (or more) — for years at a time.
And look, I’m not saying this to impress you — I’m saying this to impress upon you that with a few simple disciplines practiced daily you can have the same amount of energy whether you want to work 100 hours a week or 10.
So here are the top 5 nutrition tips to give you unlimited energy:
1. Wheat Grass
This is my secret weapon. It’s also one of the main reasons I haven’t been sick in over a decade no matter how much stress and punishment I put my body through.
You can argue that youth rights a lot of wrongs (and, yes, you’re right), but wheat grass can give you back a surprising amount of health and vitality.
The benefits from just one shot of wheat grass are absolutely ridiculous.
First, it’s the number one source of chlorophyll we can get (that’s a good thing).
It contains all minerals known to man, plus vitamin A, B-complex, C, E, 1 and K.
It’s super rich in protein and contains 17 amino acids (that are the building blocks of said protein).
It helps to prevent tooth decay, clears up skin problems, improves digestion, reduces high blood pressure, it can even remove heavy metals from the body… and of course it’s gluten-free!
Heck, 1 ounce of this potent stuff is the same as 2 pounds of produce!
If you’ve never heard me say it… don’t forget to drink your wheat grass!
Even if you’re not a gym-rat or a body builder — creatine has some fantastic benefits.
From an exercise perspective, it improves anaerobic capacity, and allows the body to get through high-intensity workouts easier.
But it’s also fantastic for muscle recovery. It will help to reduce soreness and tightness but more importantly it will reduce the time your muscles need to recover from strenuous work.
And one of my favorite benefits of creatine is that it enhances brain function. And I’m sure we could all stand to be a little smarter!
One of the quickest and easiest ways to turn that fat into muscle is to up your protein intake.
And let’s not kid ourselves. Carrying around a bunch of fat doesn’t do much for your energy levels (or confidence).
If you did nothing else, you could dramatically reshape your body by consuming 30 grams of protein within 30 minutes of waking up.
Easier said than done unless you have a nice protein shake or protein shot waiting for you first thing in the morning.
But if you’re willing to try it — I think you’ll find the results will be incredible.
I can shout at people until I’m blue in the face to drink more water but the response is always the same, “yeah, yeah, I drink water.”
If you’re struggling to get through the day there’s a good chance you’re dehydrated — and here’s the thing: thirst is not the first sign of dehydration. If you’re thirsty it’s already too late. The thing that surprises most people is that fatigue is the first sign of dehydration!
Have you ever felt fatigued throughout your day? Water could be one of the main reasons.
And how do you know you’re getting enough? The simple formula is half of your body weight in ounces per day.
That means if you weigh 200 pounds, you drink 100 ounces of water per day.
If you weigh 150 pounds, you drink 75 ounces of water per day. Every day.
Yes, it’s a lot of water. Yes, you’re going to pee a lot. Suck it up (err… not the urine… just the water)!
Drink that much today and I promise for the entire day you’ll have more energy and you’ll feel a lot better.
Yup. I’m going to say it. Eat your veggies.
The modern diet is filled with acidic crap. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of acidic crap… it’s delicious! But to keep our energy at peak levels we need to balance out the acid we take in with alkaline.
What voodoo magic am I rambling about now?
Well we’ve all heard our body temperature should be approximately 98.6F/37C.
But there’s more important number that is usually glossed over (if taught at all) — our pH level.
This number should be 7.36 (although recent studies have shown 7.40 is a more optimal number for health and performance).
The challenge is that it takes 4 parts alkaline to counteract the effects of 1 part acid. And the only things that are alkaline are basically green things. Broccoli, spinach, celery, brussel sprouts, etc.
Of course there are some exceptions like tomatoes, lemons, and almonds — but unless you’re a rabbit it can be tough to get the amount of greens you need to deal with the fast food and coffee filled western diet.
So the easiest way to deal with this is to start having a salad with every meal. Don’t bother trying to go full vegetarian (unless that’s your thing — certainly not for me), but stay away from dairy products (which are the most acidic) and be sure to include greens in every meal. If you make that a habit — you’ll start feeling the benefits immediately.
Just remember… nothing tastes as good as fit and healthy feels.