How to Make Your Monkey Diet More Energy Efficient

Ok, so there’s an enormous waiting list for fuel efficient cars, the light bulb has been re-invented to be more energy efficient, but what have you done for your diet to maximize the energy output from the fuel you give it? We are not just talking about eating less, but making sure what you eat is actually giving you energy. Remember, food is the fuel for our bodies, and we want to put in the right fuel to give us the most amount of energy. “To have more energy” is the number one goal of most patients we see here for the Hauser Diet program. For various reasons, their energy just seems depleted. It is an effort to make it through the day, and no matter how “healthy” they feel they eat, they feel tired.

Let’s review the basics of “energy efficiency” on the Monkey Diet:

Smart fat intake

Before you start thinking about switching over to “fat free” sour cream, salad dressing, cream cheese, and the like, we should set the record straight. The Monkey Diet is about eating low fat, naturally. While fats are necessary, the real thing should always be eaten, and in small amounts. A diet too high in fat slows a Monkey down. This means oils, bacon, high-fat meats, cream and cheeses are limited. Brisket smothered in a cheese sauce served with French fries is no Monkey fuel! If you are tired, look at your fat intake.

Go bananas for plant-based foods

Monkeys, you may not realize how the vitamins and antioxidants from fruits and vegetables can really make you feel great. Often we have people who just do not feel they can cook vegetables to make them taste good. Hence, they do not eat a lot of them and continue to eat a lot of meat instead of switching to more vegetarian-based meals. Want to grill tonight? Try some large colorful veggie kabobs, lightly brushed with olive oil and rosemary. Serve with a small piece of lemon-pepper fish or a tofu kabob- yum!

Remember to eat

Monkeys tend to be busy people with not a lot of time to think about food. Hence, many of our patients who are Monkey Diet Types tend to not look at their diet when they question their lack of energy. Often we find that Monkeys only eat once per day, and while some Monkeys feel ok doing this, others don’t- especially those who exercise! Having a veggie-based snack, such as a salad can add a nice boost of energy to your day. One of our favorite vegetables is arugula, a salad green. Tossed in just a little olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt, it is the tastiest snack. Add in some black beans, tomatoes and shredded carrots and you’ve got a great little salad pick-me-up!

Dumping those processed foods

The Hauser Diet is all about bringing fresh, whole foods back to the table. It is amazing the difference we often see in patients after getting them to drop the processed diet foods: “meatless” meats, “fat-free” foods, frozen and boxed meals, and get them to start cooking more from scratch. We are talking simple meals that take the same amount of time to cook as it would to wait for the pizza delivery guy. Now, we are not saying a Monkey can’t enjoy a nice veggie pizza now and then—who doesn’t?! But eating pizza 4 times a week, along with canned/boxed, and pre-made meals is not conducive to an energy efficient Monkey Diet.

Lastly, one of the key tests for any Diet Type that we do here in our office is a blood test for Food Sensitivities. This is often done as a part of Hauser Diet Typing, because eating foods that you may not even realize your body is sensitive to will only deplete your energy stores further. So, while all Monkeys should take action on the above diet recommendations, an individual should find out what specific foods are going to make his or her body more efficient and, in essence, healthier. Simply call or email us to learn more and schedule an appointment for your individualized Diet Typing.

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