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Haylie Pomroy

Fatigue, Low Energy, and Exhaustion

An excerpt from Fast Metabolism Food Rx

In Fast Metabolism Food Rx, Haylie Pomroy, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fast Metabolism Diet, shares her personal health journey as well as the powerful food programs she created from the methods and philosophies that saved her life and helped her thrive.

Below is an excerpt from the chapter on Fatigue, Low Energy, and Exhaustion.

Guidelines for your Energy Repair Rx

Here’s what you need to know about eating for energy:

  • You will be taking this prescription five times a day. You will also split each week into two parts, eating one way for four consecutive days and then another for three consecutive days. Then you’ll repeat this eating pattern.
  • Typically my clients stay on this program for a minimum of three months, or at least one month for every year they have noticed any or all energy-related whispers. Because each of the healthy food groups is represented in this prescription, many people continue eating this way permanently.
  • If you are allergic, don’t like, or have religious or ethical objections to any of the food on the list, simply avoid and replace them with a different food in the same category on the Top 20 Power Foods for Energy Repair list (see below).
  • Tell your doctor that you are using a food prescription to work on your energy issues. Your doctor may then be more willing to run the lab tests you request (which you can find at the end of this chapter in my book). Remember to drink half your body weight in spring water every day, with a maximum of 100 ounces per day.
 

Eat Your Medicine: Your Energy Repair Rx

Here are your Top 20 Power Foods for Energy Repair, to focus on as you choose how to fill in your meal maps. Emphasize these power foods, incorporating them into your meals whenever possible:

  • Asparagus
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Chili peppers
  • Coconut oil
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggs
  • Fish, wild-caught, any type except tilapia, grouper, and catfish
  • Ginger
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon
  • Lentils
  • Meats, all lean types
  • Nuts, raw
  • Oatmeal
  • Quinoa
  • Raspberries
  • Spinach

As for your meal maps, this particular prescription involves a two-part meal map. The first you will follow for the first four days of each week, or days 1-4, and the second for the last three days of the week, or days 5-7. Follow this pattern each week for three months, unless your energy dip is very recent (in which case you can default to the rule of thumb for eating this way for one month for every year you have been feeling these whispers). Do not deviate from the order and food categories as they are laid out here, but you can change the specific foods selected from each category. Just be sure that, for example, the first four days include a high-glycemic fruit and a healthy fat for snack. That part is nonnegotiable.

My strategy in the first four days of this meal map is to stimulate energy production by providing the body with both natural sugar from fruit (but not grain) and healthy fat for better fat metabolism, and removing complex carbs in the form of grain, while using strategically placed vegetables to stimulate the enzymes that stabilize the rate of sugar delivery from the fruit.

 

Meal Map for Engery Repair, Days 1–4

Breakfast

Snack

Lunch

Snack

Dinner

Protein

Healthy Fat

Fruit (high G.I.)

Healthy Fat

Protein

Fruit (high G.I.)

Vegetable

Fruit (high G.I.)

Healthy Fat

Protein

Fruit (high G.I.)

Vegetable

 

This plan stimulates the metabolism of digested fats in the first part of the week. During the second half of the week, or the last three days of the week, the strategy is to pull the dietary fats out, so the body begins to catabolize, or break down, the stored fat for energy, stimulating the natural pathway of metabolic energy. This is a big job, which is why we need to cycle through the week in the prescribed way, fluctuating between times of rest and restoration, and then of rebuilding and stimulating.

Meal Map for Engery Repair, Days 5–7

Breakfast

Snack

Lunch

Snack

Dinner

Complex Carb

Vegetable

Low GI Fruit

Complex Carb

Vegetable

Protein

Vegetable

Low GI Fruit

Complex Carb

Vegetable

Protein

Vegetable

 

A Day in the Life of Energy Repair

Let’s look at a sample day for each of the two parts of the week and see how you might use the Foundational Foods List punctuated with the targeted energy power foods to create your own meal plan. Day 1 shows how you might eat during the first part of the 4/3 split, and day 5 shows how you might choose to eat during the second part.

Breakfast

Snack

Lunch

Snack

Dinner

Baked Avocado with Egg

Mango slices with pistachios

Cantaloupe Salad

Pear and almond milk

Pineapple Stir-fry

 


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