Have you ever meant to go to the gym, but then found you were too exhausted after work? Or wanted to write that new blog post, but your brain couldn’t seem to focus? Maybe you had all the best intentions of making a healthy meal when you got home, but you just need something easy and fast?
I get it. We have a lot of demands on our time and a lot of goals that require our energy, and some days sitting on our butts and finishing the Outlander series seems like a better option.
Sure, we can get a temporary boost of energy from sugary treats or a shot or two of caffeine, but when you do it can hurt your waistline, result in an energy crash further down the line, and lead to adrenal fatigue. It’s like shopping with a credit card. You will most likely pay for it with interest in the future.
What we want instead is to have vitality and sustainable energy, and be healthy and look good while we’re at it!
To feel awake and alive, focus on eating foods that are alive
…and crowd out sugar, caffeine, and processed ‘dead’ foods in the process.
What does ‘foods that are alive’ mean? Think of raw foods that ripen then spoil. Also known as plants 😉
Dark leafy greens
Greens are full of vitamins and nutrients, and they help purify the blood, strengthen the immune system, improve liver function (the fat-mobilizing organ), improve circulation, and promote increased energy. Examples include spinach, arugula, dandelion greens, mustard greens, bok choy, kale, and swiss chard.
Naturally sweet foods
Sugar and artificial sweeteners are the antithesis to stable energy, mood, and blood sugar. Instead choose sweet fruits and vegetables that are also high in antioxidants and vitamins, and nutrients, such as berries, carrots, yams, winter squash (butternut, acorn, etc.), and beets.
Goji berries are known as a nutrient-dense superfood, filled with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. They are also known to help boost mood. Eat as is or soak them in water for easier digestibility.
Maca is loaded with minerals and helps balance hormones in both women and men. Maca is also known as a natural energy and libido booster. Try adding one teaspoon of maca powder in your morning smoothie.
Sprouts are often thought of as the ultimate energy food. They are full of enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and protein. Try alfalfa sprouts, bean sprouts, sprouted flax seeds, sprouted lentils, or sprouted buckwheat.
Most people are chronically dehydrated or confuse hunger for thirst. Start your day off by drinking a glass of room-temperature water with a squeeze of lemon in it first thing in the morning. Throughout the day always grab a drink of water before you reach for caffeine, sugar, or a snack, to see if that was all you needed.
Try a combination of the above foods in a green smoothie or a green juice. If you go for the juice, make sure you go light on the fruit so you don’t spike your blood sugar as there won’t be the fiber to slow absorption down.
Remember to reduce or eliminate caffeine. Caffeine causes unstable blood sugar (not good for stable energy or weight loss) and can cause dehydration. Sure, you might get a bigger boost of energy on caffeine, but you will be using adrenaline to get the job done.
With your focus on eating all of these amazing foods, you will naturally crowd out the ‘bad’ foods that are causing you to feel tired and sick all the time. Instead, your skin will glow, you will feel awake and alive, and you’ll have more energy to get moving on your goals.
With more energy, what would you do? Have these tricks worked for you? Share in the comments below!