Flicking your mojo, vitality or energy levels up a notch is something most of us are trying to improve. As a busy working mother of three rocking teenagers, I need to be on my A-game to keep up with all the tricks, fun and games always going on around my home. Intermitting fasting has improved my energy, but these are our favourite energy-boosting tips.
Power up with a breakfast full of whole foods, protein and healthy fat, as they are all essential for energy. Homemade almond milk, muesli and sprinkled with mixed berries is a yummy breakfast.
Get greened up to supercharge your diet and energy reserves. Super greens, such as spirulina, barley grass, chlorella, and wheatgrass, delivers a healthy dose of phytonutrients, antioxidants and digestive enzymes to your body. Having this shot of goodness in the morning or at 3pmish helps improve my energy and balance my blood sugar levels which helps avoid those pesky mid-afternoon sugar cravings. Concentrated green powdered drinks boost immunity, aid digestion, sustain vitality, promote mental clarity and enhance overall well-being. A green smoothie always energises me.
Sub-optimum nutrition is the most common cause of low energy. The primary nutrients required for energy production include vitamins C, B complex, iron and magnesium.
Eat little and often, choosing from wholefoods, unprocessed ingredients, slow-releasing carbohydrates, protein, healthy fats. Try snacking on low glycaemic vegetables to help you maintain alertness and balance your blood sugar levels throughout the day. Lunchtime is when your digestion peaks and your body is burning calories most efficiently so try to make that your main meal of the day.
AVOID TOO MUCH SUGAR & COFFEE
Avoid sugar, all refined foods and too many stimulants such as tea, coffee, chocolate and alcohol.
ADAPTOGEN HERBAL TONIC
Energise with an adaptogenic herb which will naturally support the body's ability to cope with anxiety, fatigue and the ageing process. They also rejuvenate and tone the adrenal system, which in turn promotes the healthy regulation of cortisol (stress hormone). Withania, Rhodiola and Ginseng are my special friends.
Create a morning energy burst with a few gentle yoga stretches to get the blood pumping and ease your body into the day.
Restorative yoga is a cool way to wind down after a stressful day. Ten-to-fifteen minute's blissing out on your yoga mat seems to work wonders for gently preparing the body for sleep. My favourite yoga pose in the evening is 'Legs up the Wall'. Lie on your back with your legs perpendicular against the wall, close your eyes and breathe deeply for five-to-ten minutes. My legs and nervous system love this yoga pose.
Breathe slowly and deeply for a few minutes at regular intervals throughout your day. Inhale for five slow seconds, hold for five slow seconds, hold for five slow seconds and exhale for five slow seconds. Repeat five times. Perfect for calming your nervous system, balancing your mood and clearing your mind.
Power down before bed by removing all electronic devices from your bedroom. Light can interfere with your melatonin levels, preventing them from rising.
Fall in love with your life and find the good in every situation.