Day 24 - More Energy... Sort Of
Like most people, sometimes I get these ideas in my head that aren’t really based on any factual information that I can pinpoint, but for some reason I’m sure it’s right. One of those ideas was this: You’ll have more energy if you eat healthier.
For one reason or another, that seems like a pretty common sense concept, and so I was expecting to have more energy this month (once I got over the initial shock to my system of a decreased calorie diet). And truth be told, something like that sort of happened, but not in the way I was expecting.
So far, I wouldn’t say that I have more energy at any given time than I had before. But I do have less of what I can only think to call, “the slowdown effect.” The slowdown effect comes from eating a big meal. It’s that gorged, ‘I can’t believe I ate that much’ feeling. It makes you want to turn on the TV after eating. It makes you want to take a nap. It’s your body trying to get a head start digesting a gluttonous amount of food.
The diet I’m on digests pretty easily. It’s all rice and noodles, very small amounts of fat, no grease, very little meat… when you compare that to a nice one-pound burger and a heap of fries, you can just sort of infer the differences.
It’s a strange experience now when I eat with other people. I eat fast (since it all tastes like crap), and then I get this real boost of energy (since everything I’m eating converts pretty quickly). Other people tend to mill about their plates, sigh a number of times while eating, and after eating, immediately go do something like sit down some more.
I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t just watched this myself, but you can actually see a difference in people as they enter a restaurant and as they leave. Next time you’re out, just watch people scurrying for a table and lumbering for the door.