If you’re reading this then I’m probably talking to you. I’m not talking to the kid that hasn’t stopped running since 5 o’ clock this morning, I’m talking to the mom or dad that is on the 4th cup of coffee and it’s barely 8.
Really tho, I’m not your “happy morning” type of girl. I don’t have kids and I still wonder if 3 cups of coffee will do it, so I decided to do some research on natural energy boosters that can be included in the daily diet and here’s what I came up with.
But first a disclaimer, I’m not a health care professional, so these are simply suggestions and ideas based off what has worked for me.
Now, back to energy boosters:
Ever wonder why nearly every energy bar or hiking trail bar contains oats? That’s right, Oats are an amazing source of B vitamins, magnesium, protein and the list could go on. B vitamins are important for a healthy metabolism, energy, brain health, and muscle function.
Oats offer an immediate hit of B vitamins, including Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B7 and Vitamin B9. Though eggs are often thought of as a top source of B vitamins, oats have so much more to offer in the B department. Though they’re lacking in B12, they’ll still provide you with an abundance of energy thanks to their B’s. One half cup of oats will provide you with quality B vitamins that will leave you energized for hours.
My favorite way to do oats for breakfast is with overnight oat recipes. You can add protein powder, chia seeds, flax, and fruit, really just whatever makes you happy and have a delicious energy producing breakfast.
Not only does it have twice the potassium of a banana and twice the vitamin C of an orange, a kiwi also has 2.5 g of fiber, which keeps you full and prevents energy lows when you’re hungry. The simple sugars will quickly give you a rush of energy, and the fiber will keep you satiated. If you eat two kiwis a day, which adds up to only 100 calories and contains all the energy you’ll need to get through those long meetings.
The simplest thing to do is to slice one in half and scoop it out with a spoon, for a mid-day snack, but you can also add it to about any meal.
Coconut contains healthy fats and oils that are good for your brain, and there are plenty of ways to ingest it. I love good ole coconut water and it can be found about anywhere. Even most gas stations have it in the drink section. You can also do organic coconut chips, which is a great snack. Put some coconut cream in that morning smoothie and my favorite is to add a little organic coconut oil to my morning coffee. Yep, That’s right! It tastes so good and adds some healthy flavor.
- Pineapple Tea
Whaat? You mean instead of that double shot carmel macchiato I just ordered I could drink an iced pineapple tea and get amazing results? Yes. That is exactly what I mean. Tea contains the caffeine that you need to boost your energy while pineapple helps to balance the ph in body giving you and overall feeling of health and wellness.
Even by incorporating it into your morning routine you might be surprised at how you much better you feel after just a few days. The sugar in those delicious carmel coffees not only causes weight gain over time but destroys the health of our bodies requiring more and more caffeine just in order to get through our busy days.
Yep! I said it. Just breathe hunny!! Did you know that stress causes rapid breathing and that in turn decreases the oxygen supply in our brains and only you know where it goes from there…Eeek! Of all the horrible things we put our bodies through, stressing is one of the WORST!! Science has proven that stress is the cause of many many diseases and problems.
So when you start to feel stressed, or worse, anxiety coming on, stop what you are doing an give yourself time to just breathe. Focus on every single breath for 3-5 minutes and allow your head to clear and your breathing to slow down.
You will find that by allowing yourself to relax you will be able to make clearer decisions and have more energy to deal with life.
- Write A To-Don’t List
Seriously tho, you’re wondering why I didn’t put Coffee right here? But the truth is most people tend to fake energy instead of make energy. To really feel good and have energy you have to give your body the right nutrition like, sleep, healthy diet habits and exercise. You’ve heard it before but really, it’s because it’s the real thing. You can’t expect to have energy if you’re driving yourself into the night all the time and overworking your brain during the day.
Be specific about what is really important. Honestly, I try to eliminate don’t and no out of my vocabulary but, I called it a “to-don’t” list because if you try to DO EVERYTHING you will work yourself into the ground. Give yourself the time to get outside and enjoy the fresh air, to read a book and if it helps write a to-don’t list. Try not doing all the things you do everyday. Allow yourself to accomplish what you can and be fine with it. You will most likely find yourself happier and with more energy by not expecting yourself to be perfect. This is a big one for me.
By turning to sugary energy drinks, candy and processed sugars you actually decrease your energy and mental clarity, as well as longevity over time. By making healthier lifestyle choices and taking the time to enjoy life, it will make you feel happier, healthier and more fulfilled.