Fueling our bodies with nutrient-dense foods that are slowly metabolized is the key to creating abundant energy that lasts for many hours. TeeChia’s nutrients, including its complex carbohydrates, fats, sugars, and protein, are all bound in their natural plant fiber that requires digestion before these nutrients are released and converted to energy. It is that slow conversion that makes all the difference to how energized you feel and how long your energy lasts.
Empty calories are those that don’t provide any nutrients. Refined sugars and grains are your prime example of empty calories. Stripped of the nutrients and fiber that were part of the original food source, they are quickly converted to glucose. The result is a temporary blood sugar spike that then triggers an insulin cascade ending in a low blood sugar crash.
This is the high/low energy cycle that commercial cereals provide. You quickly feel a sugar rush upon eating the stripped, processed grains laden with sugar, but then you burn through it quickly. By mid-morning, you’re hungry again and feeling brain fog coming on with a vengeance.
Even oat-based cereals like oatmeal and granola have too much added sugar and not enough protein and the right kind of fats to provide lasting energy. Active people and people with insulin resistance burn through these cereals too fast, leaving them hungry again by mid-morning.
TeeChia has the opposite effect. Nutrient-dense calories bound in fiber take longer to digest; they yield their energy continuously and slowly. The nutrients fuel our cellular metabolism. Our blood sugar remains stable. We’re energized by a sustainable energy source that doesn’t drop off the cliff. When we feel hungry again, it isn’t accompanied by desperation or fuzzy thoughts. Hours will have passed before you even think of eating again.
Slow Carbs, Not No Carbs
The Atkins Diet gave carbohydrates a bad reputation. The premise was you’ll lose weight if you eat only a very few carbs. It is true in the short term, but unhealthy in the long term. Carbohydrates come from plants and there is no doubt that a plant-based diet provides the phytonutrients that humans evolved to eat and need in order to create optimal health.
The problem was, Atkins didn’t make the proper distinction between the health benefits of “slow carbs” meaning those carbohydrates from plant sources that haven’t been refined or processed and “fast carbs”, which are high in starch and low in fiber. He lumped all carbs together without distinguishing that “fast carbs”, without their fiber to prevent rapid absorption, are the enemy of your waistline and your health.
Carbohydrates are the energy storehouse of plants. You need them, but you just don’t want them refined. Eat them the way nature intended just like they are in TeeChia and you’ll discover slow carbs are your body’s best energy source.
Good Fats, Not Bad Fats
Fat is calorie dense which means a little bit goes a long way. A tablespoon of fat contains 9 calories, over twice the amount of calories in carbohydrates and protein. If you are eating foods that contain natural amounts of fat, you will feel full longer and have more energy to burn. Your body converts food to energy using both carbohydrates and fats. You want both carbs and fats in the right balance in your diet for sustained energy production.
The problem with fat in food arises when fat is extracted to become oils, including vegetable oils and animal fat like butter or lard. When these concentrated fats are consumed in high quantities, your weight and health can be compromised.
Saturated fat found in animal foods is known to increase cholesterol, which can lead to a build up of plaque in the arteries and heart disease. Vegetable oils contain high amounts of omega-6 fatty acids but aren’t balanced with the same ratio of omega-3 fatty acids. This imbalance can create a pro-inflammatory condition that can lead to chronic diseases.
Nearly all cereals are manufactured with vegetable oils. TeeChia isn’t. The fats in TeeChia come from the seeds themselves. TeeChia contains high quantities of omega-3 fatty acids that can help balance the ratio of omega-6 fatty acids that you’re consuming in other foods.
The Energy Robbing Duo: Sugar & Caffeine
Advertisers tell us to reach for a cup of coffee or an “energy” drink when we’re need more energy. We can immediately feel the stimulation from both the pure sugar and the drug, caffeine, which triggers the “flight or fight” syndrome, a response that evolved to help us escape danger back in our hunting & gathering days. But what is this really doing to our natural energy supply?
Sugar is a quick fix that boosts our available energy but then leaves us hungry again and suffering from low blood sugar once the insulin response has stored the excess sugar as fat.
Caffeine elevates cortisol, the stress hormone that stimulates the liver to pump out glycogen for our muscles to consume so they can run from danger. If the excess blood sugar isn’t used, shortly thereafter our pancreas reacts to reduce the high the blood sugar by increasing production of insulin and stores the extra glucose as fat. Now, we’ve robbed our energy storehouse in our liver and our muscles for a short term effect that leaves us depleted and… fatter!
Sustainable energy and endurance comes from whole food nutrients like those you find in TeeChia. Think of your energy supply as a bank account. You can’t keep running up an overdraft and expect to have plenty there when you need it. Instead you may find you’ve exhausted your vital organs and glands resulting in poor health and low energy. Feed your energy bank account real energy from whole food nutrients in balanced amounts and you’ll have plenty of energy all day long.