Caffeine-aholic? Eating for better energy

Are you in a low-energy rut? Sometimes it’s lack of sleep that’s the culprit, but other times – even if you’re getting your Zzzzs – you can fall into a vicious low energy cycle. And before you know it, you’re making frequent stops at Starbucks to kickstart your day (or get you through it mid-afternoon….or maybe that’s just me….😴😴😴). I would love to see you make a few tweaks to increase your energy naturally without relying on caffeine or processed sugar….it can happen!

Here are some of the ways that you can keep your energy level high all day.

1. Drink apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has been tied to many health benefits, but did you know that increasing energy is also one of them? The amino acids contained in apple cider vinegar work to counter fatigue. Next time you’re feeling worn out, add a teaspoon or tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water or your smoothie and watch your energy level rise.

2. Fuel up with fiber

Starting your day off with a breakfast containing fiber can help boost your alertness throughout the day. This is possibly because fiber takes longer to digest by slowing the absorption of food in the stomach, so blood sugar levels remain more steady for a longer period of time. Some great options are whole-grain toast or a bowl of oatmeal with ground flaxseed.

3. Pick a protein
While protein isn’t going to give you the energy surge you would get from a Caramel Macchiato ☕☕, it’s in it for the long haul giving you lasting energy for hours to come. Include protein in your meals throughout the day for energy without the crashes. Choose lean meats, eggs or fish.  You can also include some of my favorite plant protein options like beans, quinoa, oats, flax and chia seeds….there are so many plant options out there and you will find the balance of carbs/protein/fat is what really holds you over for hours….!

4. Have more frequent meals
Rather than having three meals a day, it may be beneficial to you to eat smaller meals more frequently throughout the day. This allows you you to maintain a higher, more stable blood sugar level throughout the day so you’re not experiencing the sugar highs and lows. (*HC TIP: PLAN for your snacks.  Pick a few that you will use through the week and prep so they are readily available.  This will keep you from hitting the vending machine or running through a drive-thru during one of those moments of weakness.)

5. Go for a stroll
If you tend to get a mid-afternoon energy downturn, going for a short walk can invigorate the rest of your day. The next time you feel a coffee run coming on, head outside for a walk instead!
Does any of this make sense? These are just a few ways that you can increase your energy. Start with one of these tips and over time you’ll begin to reap the benefits of lasting energy — all it takes is a few simple shifts in your habits.

What do you plan on implementing this week to try to maintain your energy throughout the day? Need some ideas? Do you wish you had some more personal support to help you be the HEALTHIEST you yet? Reply to this email….set up your free (no obligation) Discovery Call.  Working with me can help you be in a whole new place by the end of summer.  We are all #bettertogether

One last thing….I LOVED this article about Amy Schumer and her “body shamers”…..so ridiculous (she looks fabulous BTW).  You may have seen me post it in my EAT YOUR WAY HEALTHY FB Group but if you missed it you can read it here.

My favorite part?

❤️❤️”Love the skin you’re in” ❤️❤️
You are enough.
Love & Health,
“Be happy with what you have while working for
what you want”
 – Helen Keller
As a reminder those I work with:
✔️want to lose weight, be healthier and/or feed their families healthier
✔️are done with cookie cutter diets and programs
✔️are tired of all the mixed messages they’ve been getting about what they need (or don’t need) to eat
✔️struggle with finding healthy balance with food and life
✔️want a “whole food” approach to wellness…but aren’t quite sure what that looks like or where to start
✔️need ideas and support with recipes, choices when eating out, cooking ideas and meal planning strategiesSOME of my clients:
✔️have been diagnosed as diabetic or pre-diabetic
✔️have high blood pressure
✔️need to lose weight OR
✔️are at a healthy weight….but know they do not eat very healthy or are concerned they aren’t making the right choices for long term
✔️struggle with sugar cravings (a lot) and/or cravings for simple carbs
✔️have been told by their doctor to be on a specific diet but aren’t sure how to implement
have yo-yo dieted all of their lives
✔️don’t love vegetables but know they need to eat them (lol)
✔️want ideas for ways to include their family in their healthy eating lifestylewant to lose weight, be healthier and/or feed their families healthier

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