I fell asleep on the toilet once. I was three.
I fell asleep in the bathtub, too. This summer.
Amusing anecdotes aside, I love to sleep.
But I hate being tired.
How about you? Do you hate feeling drowsy? Sluggish? Low-on-the-energies?
We all know sleeping more helps. But sometimes that just doesn’t cut it. If you’re always tired, even after a good night’s rest, this one’s for you:
4 Ways to Increase Energy.
(Besides sleeping more.)
1. Scratch the stimulants.
Sugar, coffee, soda, and energy drinks may give you a quick boost, but did you know they lower energy in the long run? They spike brain function and blood sugar levels, giving you a quick “high.” But what goes up must come down, and the energy crash will come later on.
Choose one stimulant to cut for three weeks (just long enough to see how you feel). Go into your kitchen and throw it away. (If you hate waste, give it away.)
Then don’t buy any more.
And if someone offers you some, politely say you’re fasting for the fall equinox and ask for water instead.
For best results, combine this with step two:
2. Pack the protein.
Protein also affects blood sugar, but unlike sweets and caffeine it has a regulating effect. Protein won’t spike your energy and drop it, instead it stabilizes it.
Eat a palm-sized portion of complete protein with each meal. Fish, chicken, eggs, whole-milk dairy, beef, pork, and turkey are excellent options. A lighter protein is perfect for snacks – try nuts, seeds, or nut butter.
3. Eliminate food sensitivities.
Did you know that hidden sensitivities can cause fatigue? If you feel sluggish, drowsy, or foggy brained you could be reacting to something you eat daily. Common sensitivities are dairy, eggs, wheat, soy, peanuts, fish, shellfish, and tree nuts.
If you suspect a food, pull it out of your diet for three weeks. If you don’t feel different, add the food back on day twenty-two (eat several large servings) and watch for reactions. If it’s causing fatigue, you’ll be able to tell. Also watch for digestive symptoms, skin clarity, and mood stability.
4. Move your body!
Yes, the dreaded “e” word. Regular exercise is one of the best ways to increase energy. Physical movement boosts your metabolism, and releases chemicals that improves mood and brain function. It may be hard to find motivation and time, but the rewards are SO worth it.
If you’re not a gym rat, don’t sweat it! (Pardon the pun). Working out doesn’t require an expensive weight set. Just find movement you enjoy! Take a dance class, go for a walk, try out a group fitness class like POP Pilates (if you’re in Great Bend, try mine!), or do a workout video you love. For the next month commit to thirty minutes, five or six times per week. Set an alarm to remind you where, when, and what you’ll do – and then do it!
Let me know if you found these tips helpful! I’d love to hear from you.
AND (drumroll please) keep your eye out next week for a special invitation from me. You may have noticed “twenty-one days” or “three weeks” in this post several times. Want to know why?
I love challenging myself in new ways and I find, while a six-week or six-month commitment overwhelms me, I can do anything for three weeks.
So this fall, I’m doing a new 21-day challenge. And you’re invited to join me!
This challenge is designed to increase energy, kick cravings, support *healthy* weight loss, and improve digestion. And help you form long-term, real food habits. I can’t wait to share more!
Wishing you the best of health,