If you want more NATURAL energy without relying on caffeine, we need to talk about a few things first. Today, let’s dive into why you’re so tired all the time, and what you can do to fix it!
One of the most frustrating things in the world is feeling like your tank is empty CONSTANTLY. I’ve been there and I know it’s no fun. A lot of ladies feel like their lives depend on caffeine just to make sure they can function in the mornings…and make it through work…and survive the evening plans. Until finally it’s time for bed, the moment they’ve been waiting for since they rolled out of bed that morning.
COME ON! That’s no way to live!
If that sounds like you, let’s have a little chat. Because I don’t want you stumbling through your days like that any longer!
- First, let’s get the obvious out of the way: FOOD is energy! When we eat enough and regularly, we’ve got plenty of fuel in the tank to keep our bodies energized. In the most basic of terms, food is quite literally fuel for our bodies. So, it’s no surprise when we skip meals, we’re going to feel sleepy and like we’re running on fumes. That would be because you are.
- So the first step is making sure you’re eating enough. No more skipping meals and no more counting coffee as breakfast. If you really want to optimize your food intake, focus on increasing protein and high fiber carbs at meals. Yup, you read that right. We LOVE carbs around here, and these are some of my favorites to include! Consuming enough protein and fiber throughout the day is going to do WONDERS for your blood sugar, and therefore your energy too!
- Another key to good energy is hydration. Did you know that water plays a role in every process in our bodies? It’s true, and that includes energy production! A good rule of thumb is aiming for half of your body weight in ounces of water per day. For instance, someone who is 150 lbs should aim for at least 75 ounces of water per day. We also need enough electrolytes to maintain our energy. I’m also going to throw in here that over hydration and depleting electrolytes can be a thing too- and a harmful one at that! Aim for pale yellow urine, not clear.
- And lastly, we need quality sleep. I mean it! Don’t sleep on this important step! (See what I did there 😉) We all know that getting adequate sleep is important for our energy, but so many busy ladies ignore this one. Sleep is one of the first things to be sacrificed when busy schedules arise, but it can have one of the biggest impacts on your overall health.
- My recommendations? Adopt good morning and nighttime routines. This means winding yourself up for the day with natural light in your eyes and a balanced breakfast. It also includes winding down for the day by putting your phone away before bed and giving yourself some time to relax. For more details on what I recommend in a good morning and nighttime routines, check out this blog and these resources!
So basically, think of yourself as a gorgeous plant: you’re going to wither away without proper water, nutrients, and sunlight.
Remember, you’ll THRIVE if you just take it back to the basics. Your energy is everything so give yourself what you need!