Well hold onto your hats because I’m about to share with you exactly how you can!
You see boosting your energy levels when you’re a shift worker is all about eating the right foods, and right foods equate to raw foods – foods that haven’t undergone a massive amount of processing, nor sprinkled with lots of additives and preservatives.
As most fruits and vegetables can be eaten raw, why is it that most of us insist on cooking them to death and destroying all of the goodness in them?
I believe it’s simply a habit that we have acquired over the years – but a habit that we can definitely change.
Now there are certainly many advantages to eating raw food as opposed to cooked food. To begin with they have an abundance of vitamins, minerals, and most importantly, enzymes. Enzymes play an important role in aiding digestion – think constipation, bloating, and flatulence … all of those fun things!
Eating raw foods can reduce over-eating habits; improve your overall health and vitality levels; and also lower your chances of developing life-threatening illnesses including heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
On the other hand, cooked foods have lost many of their vitamins and minerals and all of their enzymes through exposure to heat, water and air.
The longer food is cooked, the greater the loss of nutrients. Without the help of enzymes, cooked foods take longer to digest and have a much higher chance of fermenting of putrefying in your stomach.
And on top of all that, the extra effort your tummy has to put into digesting cooked foods leaves you with a lot less energy to expend on all of the fun things in your life!
So start eating some raw foods today.
* In the morning, instead of canned or stewed fruit on your cereal, try adding a grated pear or apple.
* At lunch, have a salad sandwich instead of meat or cheese.
* At night, have some salad with your dinner.
* And instead of reaching into the pantry for some crunchy potato chips as a snack (we’re all guilty of doing this at some point in time) – try munching on a crunchy apple or carrot instead.
Nature has provided us with an abundance of foods that we can eat raw – fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, some fish (OK – this may not be everybody’s cup of tea), sprouted grains and sprouted legumes.
I’m certainly not suggesting that you only eat raw foods, but at least increase the amount of raw foods that you’re eating right now.
So stop feeling sorry for yourself and feeling like an energy depleted shift worker. Remember that the more raw foods that you eat, the more energy, health and fitness that you’ll have.