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Eric Reardon, a certified nutritionist, appeared recently at “A Healthier You” open house at Bodies Defined Fitness Studio in Hollis, N.H. He spoke to guests about Eating for Energy and outlined five steps to start anyone on the road to a healthier, more energetic existence.

Reardon explained that the first step includes a diet of fresh, whole foods that help to sustain energy levels. He adds: “These whole foods offer the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are essential for energy, repair and growth.”

Step two was to “eliminate the empty calories.” This requires removing or at least minimizing processed foods, including white-flour products, sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, enriched products, hydrogenated or partially-hydrogenated oils. For example, read labels carefully for bread, pasta, cookies and bagels, which can be overloaded with these unwanted calories that Reardon cautions “actually rob your body of energy.”

Reardon said step three emphasizes the importance of balancing blood-sugar levels by including protein with every meal, not skimping on high-quality fats, never skipping meals and avoiding going five hours without eating. He encouraged, “snack, but snack on high-quality foods.”

Step four involves your mitochondria, tiny little factories inside each cell that turn food and oxygen into energy. When not working properly, symptoms of low energy, fatigue, memory loss and even pain can prevail. Antioxidants from whole foods protect from such damage, which is actually caused by processed foods, toxins, sugar, allergens, stress and infections.

Finally, step five suggests detoxification for increased energy, to help stimulate metabolism and jump-start weight loss. In summary, Reardon shared his knowledge and confidence regarding the importance of food in every day health. He referenced several success stories and ensures that with some small steps and conscious changes, anyone can feel the benefits.

Eric Reardon MS, CNC of Crossroads to Health Nutrition Consulting is in private practice and works part-time at The Natural Market, Groton, where he teaches health and nutrition workshops including detoxification, adrenal fatigue and healthy weight management. He has a master’s degree in health and physical education and he completed holistic and clinical nutrition training from Bauman College in Penngrove, Calif. Reardon works with adults and children who express a range of health concerns including weight management, fatigue, hormone imbalances, learning disabilities and allergies. For information, visit The Natural Market, 148 Main St., Groton, or www.crossroadstohealth.com, or call 978-551-1321.

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