The amount of clients I see who suffer from low energy is very common. We live in such an energy zapping world that if we are not careful all our precious energy will be used up doing things that do not benefit our health one bit. Many of my clients turn to overeating to regain back some of that lost energy which only impacts their self esteem and complicates their relationship with food further.
So today I wanted to share with you four ways that you can remain energised through out the day without resorting to extreme measures which only leaves you feeling more fatigue than before.
Nutrition is crucial when it comes to our energy levels. The food we eat enters our blood, becomes are cells, tissues, our thoughts and our feelings. So if we our not nourishing our bodies with delicious wholesome real food then how can we expect our bodies to run at an optimal level and be full of energy. Energy levels are linked to blood sugar levels. So make sure your keep your blood sugar level stable by putting down the sweets and focus on getting a good source of protein and healthy fat with every snack and meal.
Have a bowl of porridge topped with berries and nuts for breakfast. Linwoods do a great milled flaxseed and nut product. Simply add 1 TBSP to your porridge. For a snack try sliced apple with a tbsp of nut butter.
How you eat is just as important as what you eat. Eating rhythm is crucial when it comes to stabilising energy and blood sugar levels. Try and aim to eat every 3 hours to keep you functioning at your best and see if you notice a difference.
What you drink is also very important when it comes to your energy production. Please make sure you are drinking enough water throughout the day as hydration is crucial for stabilising energy levels. Lets talk about coffee. The caffeine in coffee is a very stimulating substance which will give you the rush of energy that you require but with it comes a crashing low. Before you know it your hand is in the biscuit tin to get another energy boost. Not what we want.
Coffee is also very dehydrating so try and limit yourself to one coffee a day and avoid drink it on an empty stomach. Instead have your cup of joe wth breakfast allowing the caffeine to release slower into your blood stream putting less stress on your adrenal glands.. If you are looking for a gentler way to get an energy boost try green tea. Green tea contains a small amount of caffeine, contains a high level of antioxidants and is great for increasing your metabolic rate.
Herbal teas are also a life saviour. I have recently fallen in love with teapigs peppermint and liquoirce tea. Great for soothing your digestion and has a hint of natural sweetness whilst being very hydrating.
Trying to keep up with a rigid workout schedule can be very demanding adding even more stress to your busy life. So ask yourself this. Is your exercise routine zapping you of energy instead of leaving you feeling full of life? Then you might be over stressing and over training your body. If your stress levels are already very high a very demanding workout might push you too far causing you to pump out too much cortisol, the stress hormone, which will in turn slow down your metabolism and make you store fat.
Instead give your body a break by going for a swim, try a pilates class or yoga class. Or simply just go for a nice walk to de stress and move your body in a nice relaxing way. This will allow you to regain some of that precious energy that you have lost so you can function at your best.
If you have been meaning to pick up mediation but never got around to then now is the time to start. With the increasing demands and stresses of everyday life it is very easy to feel delpeted. Fatigue shortens your concentration span and makes you more susceptible to overacting to certain situations. Leading your further away from the emotional balance that you strive for. By meditating for just a few minutes you are resting more deeply than sleep. If you meditate regular you are able to build up a store of energy within you so when times do get tough and your stress levels rise you are able to react to the high demands in a calmer more productive way. An amazing free app that I would recommend is Insight Timer. Fit meditation into your day when it works for you. Mediation has been life changing for me. Give it a try so you can feel the benefits for yourself.
So there you have it. Four common energy zappers and a few ways to make sure you keep your energy levels up in the most natural and healthiest ways.
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