How are your energy levels?

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Do you feel like you are dragging yourself out of bed and pushing yourself throughout the day just to get by? And you are neglecting your own needs in the process? While there are many ways to tackle energy issues, there are some basic things you can do right away that will help you boost your energy levels so you can take better care of your family.

First, let me put it out there-I give you permission to be selfish. By taking care of yourself, you can better take care of your loved ones. Just like what they say in an airplane emergency- you have to put on your oxygen mask first before you can put on your child’s mask.

Second, here are a couple of nutritional strategies to help you energize your day:

Eat a good balanced breakfast.
Stay hydrated.

Eat a good balanced breakfast.

So what makes a good breakfast? A typical American breakfast is a high carb and high sugar breakfast that is likely raise your energy up and then bring it crashing down a couple hours later. By eating a breakfast higher in protein and fat, you’ll find that your hunger will sustain longer and your energy is likely to be more balanced.  Examples of this type of breakfast might be whole milk cottage cheese with some berries mixed in or eggs and bacon with some stir fried veggies on the side.  Another possibility might be a smoothie with some nut butter added. By eating a more protein and fat balanced breakfast, you are giving your body a good energy start!

For some more breakfast ideas, check out:

Stay hydrated.

Another factor that can affect energy levels are hydration. Are you drinking enough water? If you are not, then being dehydrated could be contributing toward your lack of energy as well as affecting the quality of your sleep. Among many things, water also lubricates your joints, keeps your organs functioning properly, and helps with digestion. So how much water do you need to be hydrated? The rule of thumb, is the take your weight, split it in half and that’s the number of ounces you want to consume daily. So for example, if you weigh 140 lbs., you want to consume at least 70 ounces of water a day.

Read the CNN article: Benefits of water: Are you getting enough fluids to stay healthy?

In short, taking care of yourself by eating a good breakfast and drinking enough water everyday is something that will not only benefit your health but also give your energy levels a little boost. In upcoming blogposts, I’ll be giving you tips and tricks to not only get through the upcoming season but to enjoy it as well.

About Rachael Gilchrist

I am passionate about food and nutrition. I am an educator and a Nutritional Therapist. I love to cook and believe that everyone should be able to enjoy eating no matter what their sensitivities around food may be. Food is as an integral part of our culture and bringing people and community together. It's meant to enjoyed. If I can play a small part in helping others feel more comfortable with their food sensitivities and keep them connected to others, then I've accomplished my purpose in this blog.
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