Ever feel like its Ground Hog Day and you're aways tired... Let's stop that cycle right here!
It's 7am and the kids are up and hungry.
You roll out of bed slowly saying "I'll be there in a minute" as you slowly wake up, grab your comfy hoody, throw it on and head to the kitchen. Eyes still half asleep, the kids are sitting at the table patiently waiting for their Cheerios. And you think "God, didn't you eat enough dinner? How are you so hungry right now?"
They get their food and you start making your breakfast and coffee or warm lemon water. Then within 10 minutes, the tornado rolls in and HITS!
It's time to get dressed, pack school bags, brush teeth and get out the door.
You go from moving like a sloth to running like a cheetah.
The next day, same thing
It's 7am and the kids are up and hungry.
It's like groundhog day over and over and over.
That routine is exhausting! It's exhausting reading it, writing it and especially living it, but how can you break the cycle? This is what I'm about to help you with.
Fatigue is a vicious cycle that affects all aspects of your life.
- It robs you of motivation
- It steels the energy to get out of bed
- It drags on the tasks longer that it should be
- It distracts you and looses your focus
- It makes you run around in circles for NO REASON!
A lifestyle plan that would really support and inspire more movement in your life would be a nutritional choices with more easily digested complex carbohydrates, and solid quality protein and of course- WATER AND EXERCISE!
But what the heck are complex carbs and quality protein?
Don't worry, I got your back, girl! Let's dive into complex carbohydrates first.
Complex Carbohydrate suggestions are:
- Spinach, Lettuce
- Zucchini, Okra, Asparagus, Artichokes, Cucumbers, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts
- Whole Barley, Buckwheat, Oatbran,Oatmeal
- Brown Rice, Wild Rice
- Multi grain bread
- Pinto, Navy, Garbanzo, Soy, Kidney Beans and Lentils
- Grapefruit, Apples, Prunes, Apricots, Pears, Plums, Strawberries, Oranges
- Yams, Carrots, Potatoes,
Just to list a few
Then your quality proteins would be:
- Tuna, Salmon, Halibut, quality fresh, wild fish
- Buffalo, Venison, Lamb, Turkey Breast, Chicken breast
- Eggs, Cottage Cheese, Yogurt, Milk
- Beans and Nuts
Food is great and I always suggest eating for your body before popping supplements.
In the case of fatigue, deficiencies most likely have happened to cause the fatigue. The damage has been done. Meaning what? You need to support and nurture those too. In most cases of fatigue a deficiency of Iron, Vit B 12, Folic Acid, Iodine, Potassium and/or Magnesium have have developed.
Why these micro-nutrients?
Here you go, a brief reasoning behind why you need them and what they will do for you
Iron- It is essential to your body to build red blood cells to carry oxygen and for ATP production equaling MORE ENERGY. Also, as a woman you need to be aware of your iron levels through your cycles and pre and post menopause. Iron levels can drop easily in women with blood loss and this will lead to low energy and low immune systems. Be careful women.
Vit B 12- It is essential to your metabolism of the nerve tissues and necessary for the health of your nervous system. Known as the "energy" vitamin, it stimulates growth and increases appetite in children. It also has been shown to increase resistance to fatigue, particular with exercise.
Folic Acid - Similar to Vitamin B 12, it aids in red blood cell production, fundamental role in growth and reproduction and is also used in the formation of RNA and DNA. Vitamin B12 and Folic Acid work hand in hand and deficiencies in both can be hidden by both. Additional Folic Acid can support you when you have had any loss of adrenal gland function, contributing from stress or fatigue.
Iodine - It is essential for production of the body's thyroid hormones and there for required for regular thyroid function. It has been helped to increase energy levels and be utilized in cases of fatigue, mental sluggishness and weight gain caused by hypothyroidism.
Magnesium and Potassium are a great pair. They work together to support proper cell respiration and energy production. "These 2 are the MOST COMMON decencies seen within fatigued patients in my doctors office." (Elson M Haas, MD)
I'm not saying go to the store and get all these vitamins and stock up and pop pills.
NO, please don't.
What I would love for you to do is, see if your body is relating to any of these and listen to it. Listening to your body will show you which micro-nutrient to reach for. There are also a few different options for you, you can supplement with vitamins and minerals OR you can look for whole foods that naturally produce and GIVE you these micro-nutrients and make sure they are apart of your every day lifestyle.
Wouldn't it be nice to be sitting at the breakfast table, enjoying your cup of coffee/warm lemon water in silence before your children wake up and the tornado of morning routine touches down?
Wouldn't that be nice?
Do it for yourself!
Start incorporating these complex carbs, quality proteins, water, exercise and micro-nutrients today!