February Health Tip: Increasing Your Energy


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There are many factors that can contribute to our sense of energy and vitality.
Chemical stress, emotional stress, mental stress, and physical stress can all play a roll in making us feel less than our vital selves. 
The foods we eat also play a great role in the way we feel and can either increase our energy or decrease it.  
Whenever possible, focus on the highest quality food you can afford. Foods that are alive have life force.   Eating whole foods (foods that have not been processed and thus keep all the components of their original, natural state), superfoods (foods with very high levels of nutrients), and drinking plenty of water can provide the nourishment our bodies need to keep us energized and strong.  
As you increase your awareness about the foods you consume, consider the fact that food has distinct qualities and energetic properties depending on where and when it was grown as well as how it is prepared.  Animal meat from tortured animals has a different energy than meat from animals that lived a peaceful existence.  When eating plant food, consider when, where, and in what direction it grew.  Dark leafy greens grow upward toward the sun and can lift our spirits. Root vegetables grow downward into the soil and can help ground us when we are feeling over stimulated.  In contrast, eating processed, chemicalized, and artificial foods provide a much different energy.  By understanding the energy of food, we can choose meals that will create the energy we are seeking in our lives.  

Food Focus:  Maca
Maca is an ancient superfood that grows in central Peru in the high plateaus of the Andes mountains and is a relative of the radish family.  This powdered root is prized by Inca warriors to increase stamina, boost libido, and combat fatigue.
The maca root contains complex alkaloids that benefit your endocrine system, helping to regulate hormones.  Because of this, it is considered an "adaptogenic" herb that supports healthy energy levels, increased stamina, and helps the body adapt more easily to stress.  It is also packed with vitamins, minerals, protein, and other phytochemicals making it a true superfood!   
Maca is known to be a favorite with health seekers and athletes around the world because of it's amazing health benefits.  You can buy maca powder in most health food stores and on line.  Try adding 1/2 - 1 teaspoon of maca powder to your morning or afternoon smoothie, favorite snack, or desert.  It pairs well with avocado, chocolate, strawberry and bananas. See if you notice a subtle but definite difference in your awareness, energy levels and all around wellness. 



"The mind, when housed within a healthful body, possesses a glorious sense of power."
 -Joseph Pilates

At Premier Pilates St. Louis we believe that diet and exercise go hand in hand.  Housing a "healthful body" with Pilates and nutrition can help create a body that is balanced physically, mentally, and spiritually.

TonyaOwner, Tonya Leeka is a Stott Certified Pilates Instructor, a graduate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition┬« based in New York City and is a Certified Holistic Health Coach.  She has a Master of Science degree in Nutrition and Integrative Health from Maryland University of Integrative Health.  This education has equipped Tonya with extensive knowledge on holistic and functional nutrition, health coaching and preventative care.  

Along with Pilates, Tonya also works one on one with clients to help them make dietary and lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results.  She offers nutritional workshops at the studio designed to educate groups on various nutritional topics.

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