We tend to think of food as just calories. The breakdown of fats, carbs and protein seem to dominate the conversation about food. Obviously it’s important to have a general idea about the calorie content of your diet but what is often overlooked is the quality of food and how that affects your waistline and energy levels.
We’ve all been taught that it doesn’t matter what you eat as long as you limit your calories. This old myth is slowly dying along with the idea that fat is bad for you. Healthy fat actually boosts your metabolism so that your body can burn more calories. It’s a little tricky learning the ins and outs of consuming healthier fats, but the bottom line is that you can’t just add a lot of fat to a diet that is already high in sugar.
A better way of looking at your food intake is finding out what supplies your body with the most energy or “chi” to make you feel good and get you through the day. This is one of the most important aspects of longevity and good health. Healthy food replenishes and build chi. Poor food choices may give you a burst of energy from sugar, but leaves you feeling tired and exhausted at the end of the day.
In China a group of herbs called tonics are considered to be foods that build and replenish chi. Tonics are considered a normal part of the daily diet just like fat, protein and carbs. These wonderful food grade herbs form the basis for TianChi and Inner Peace. Combined with a diet based on real food, the body easily meets its daily requirements for energy and restoration -the best recipe for avoiding adrenal fatigue.
There is an old saying in China that sums it up well. “It’s ok to become tired but you should never become exhausted”. Being tired at the end of the day just means that you lived fully and threw yourself into work and play. Being exhausted means you didn’t eat enough quality food to produce good chi and your body had to tap into your adrenals to supply you with energy. The same thing happens when you substitute coffee for lunch. The false energy feels good right away but you’ve turned on your adrenals and started using them as an energy source instead of making chi from food.
This is the recipe for chronic fatigue and the core issue around so many people reporting low energy.