“I don’t have enough energy to get through my day.”
“I crash around 3:00 every afternoon.”
” By the time I get home from work, there is NO way I have energy left to exercise.”
“I wish I could keep up with the kids. I just don’t have the energy to play with them.”
It seems that lack of energy is an epidemic in America. We have so much on our plates, and it is overwhelming even to think of getting it all done.
Most likely you know that your calendar is never going to be empty, and your to-do lists will never be short. You may want to make a few simple changes to boost your energy so you can everything done and more.
Think of your body as an automobile. You need to fuel up your car by using premium gas just like you need to fuel your body with whole foods. You can wait until the gas gauge is on empty before going to the gas station to refill… but your car won’t run as efficiently.
Your body is the same way. It is very resilient. It will work for you unconditionally. But after a certain point, the gas tank hits empty. Your body becomes exhausted.
Here are the top 5 ways to get more energy and keep your tank full:
1. Drink water throughout the day. The first sign of dehydration is fatigue. Try beginning your day with a glass of water and take sips throughout the day to stay hydrated. Anytime you crave sweets, try having a glass of water instead. If you’re thirsty, that means you’re already dehydrated.
2. Eat a healthy carbohydrate/protein based snack about half hour before you tend to start losing steam. This will help get rid of the 3pm slump. Try lentil soup with pita bread, whole grain crackers with salsa, celery and hummus, apples and cottage cheese, or yogurt and trail mix with lots of seeds and nuts.
3. Increase your iron intake. Iron is a trace element which gives you energy and helps your immune system function. You’ll get iron from chicken, fish, red meat, nuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, brown rice, millet, and those dark leafy greens like kale and spinach.
4. Eat foods that are ALIVE. Try replacing your crackers and chips with vegetables and fruits. Their energy levels will give YOU energy. Pick the foods that look most alive and fresh in the grocery store. Try carrots, snap peas, celery, juicy tomatoes, spinach salad, strawberries, broccoli, oranges, or squash. These veggies and fruits have all the vitamins and minerals your body needs for energy.
9. Get more rest and relax. Stress makes us tired. Very tired. So does lack of sleep. You have to make sure to get some downtime in order to give your body a chance to rejuvenate. Instead of pushing your body past its breaking point each day, why not listen to it and give in every once in a while? Try taking a nap (my favorite), taking a walk, reading a book, sleeping in late, getting a massage… these will all increase your energy. AND they are fun, too.
What is your trick? Leave me a message below. I just love hearing from you!