I am a low energy kind of person. I always have been, but I wish I wasn’t. Couple my low energy tendencies with some chronic health issues I’ve developed over the past 10 or 12 years, and it can be really tough.
I’ve been working to fix this issue to the best of my ability for the past several weeks through juicing (though, I’ve taken a bit of a detour lately).
I have been sharing my journey to reclaim my health through a 40-day juice fast. I did really well for 26 days, and then ended up taking a break for about 10 days. A couple of days ago, I began easing back into juicing again, and today begins another 15 days of fasting. I have lost a bit of weight (which has to help with energy, right?) and have noticed a marked improvement in the debilitating fatigue that has plagued me for the past 3 years. Taking my little 10 day detour was just dumb, but I’m not going to beat myself up over that. Fasting is hard! And I’m praising God for the strength to have done 26 days, and for the next 15!
One thing I know from talking with other mommas is that with the busyness of life, most of us don’t have enough energy. Whether or not you suffer from any chronic illnesses, you’re just tired.
Why is that? And what can be done about it? In researching the topic for myself, I have found a few tips that I hope will help me (and you).
Frequent Meals: Eating smaller, more frequent, healthy meals will help keep your blood sugar stable, providing you with a steady dose of energy throughout the day.
Snacks: A small healthy snack, low in fat and high in protein might just be exactly what you need for an afternoon pick-me-up. Try a handful of nuts, berries and yogurt, or an apple with peanut butter.
Sleep: Go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning. Shoot for 8 hours of sleep each night.
Water: Not much will zap your energy quicker than dehydration. Aim for at least 8 cups of water a day. Did you know that by the time you feel thirst, you are in a state of dehydration?
Energy drinks: Don’t drink them. You’ll pay for the quick boost of energy with an energy crash.
Caffeine: Watch your caffeine intake as well. While caffeine can help with keeping you alert, it can also affect your sleep at night. If you do drink caffeine, do so in the mornings.
B Vitamins: The B vitamins are saddled with the task of converting blood sugar to usable energy. Foods that contain these energy-boosting vitamins include meat, eggs, whole grains, and leafy greens.
Exercise: Get moving! Daily exercise will boost your energy levels all day long.
Stress: Eliminate stress where you can. Stress is draining. It will zap you of your energy and your joy.
Check-up: When all else fails, visit your doctor for a check-up. Things like a hypoactive thyroid or anemia can cause fatigue.
How do you boost your energy when you’re feeling depleted?