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Sunday, 17 January 2016

Regain Your Energy


Something I used to suffer with horribly is chronic fatigue. I'd feel constantly exhausted; so much so I'd have to take daily naps, my brain would feel like it wasn't working, I couldn't concentrate and it was making me feel so ill, sluggish and not like the young, full of energy girl I should be.
Since I've completely cut out gluten from my diet I feel so much better, but I've had help from other things along the way. It took me quite a bit of trial and error, but after a heap of research and switching things up I concurred the feeling of constant weariness!
Here are my top tips to help you regain your energy -


Early Nights, Early Starts
Get rid of those late nights, and ditch the lie ins. We need 8-9 hours of sleep a night, less makes you tired and more makes you tired also. I try to get in bed by 11 at the latest and never wake up later than 8am. I've found this gives me so much more energy! Whenever I used to have lie ins I'd feel groggy for the rest of the day, almost like my body didn't ever truly wake up. There are mountains of health benefits to being an early riser; you're more likely to have a good, nutritious breakfast which sets the trend for the day and makes you less likely to binge, you can get an early workout in - more on this later, the most productive people wake up early and are more efficient, you'll be less stressed as you have more hours in your day and you won't feel so rushed, you'll have better quality sleep - by waking up at the same time each morning you'll stabilise your circadian rhythm, which will improve your quality of sleep for the nighttime and make you feel more energised during the day.

Morning Workouts
Those words may have filled you with dread, but exercising in the morning is the best thing for your body. Before breakfast is great (make sure you grab a drink first and a healthy snack like a banana if you need it), but I tend to exercise mid morning as I do like to eat first....just make sure if you do that you leave at least 1 hour before exercise so you don't feel nauseous or get a stitch.
Exercise generally gives you more energy, but doing it in the morning is even better. Your body temperature drops when you sleep, but exercising increases it which will make you feel more energised. Give me 50 push ups!

Protein Filled Breakfast
Forget the caffeine, protein is where it's at. Protein is an amazing energy source, and will really fuel you for the whole day ahead. It'll jump start your metabolism, keep those sugar cravings at bay and keep you satisfied for a long time. Great ways to get your protein fix in the morning are adding almond butter to porridge, adding hemp powder to your smoothie or having homemade granola with lots of seeds and nuts.

Ditch The Sugar
When I say this I do mean refined sugar - that nasty stuff that hides in all sorts of foods. A chemical in your brain that keeps you feeling awake is actually inhibited when you consume sugar, it lowers the orexin levels which makes you feel tired. Sugar also causes your blood sugar levels to spike up then crash, which leads to a major and sudden drop in energy. So back away from the coco pops and put that shop-bought granola bar down!


Follow these tips and you'll be full of energy and happiness in no time!
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