One of the most common questions my clients ask me, is "what can I do to give me more energy?" Being a new mum myself (ok maybe I'm not new now Jasper's 11 months old, but you get what I mean), I totally understand the need for quick fixes that will leave you feeling energised and ready for the sometimes loooong day ahead!
So, here are my top 3 tips for feeling energised. Try 1, 2 or all 3 of these for 3 full weeks (as it takes 21 days for new habits to form), and I guarantee you will feel like a different person! If you don't, please feel free to shout at me and call me names.
- Eat whole foods. Whilst I don't like the word 'diet', if I was ever going to suggest you follow one, it would be the World War II diet! During this time food was scarce. People didn't have the variety of foods we have on offer today and they certainly didn't eat pre-packaged meals or take aways! They ate whole foods, i.e. vegetables that looked just as they did when they'd been picked from the ground, and meat cut straight from the carcass of the animal. They also cooked that food at home so they knew exactly what ingredients went into any dish. How many of your meals do you cook from scratch? If none, start out by cooking just one meal a week and see how it makes you feel. If you already cook most of your meals at home, well done you! You're a rare bread in today's society of instant gratification ;) Most of it was also organic by nature because agriculture hadn't yet been influenced by pesticides and hormones. And low and behold, people were a lot healthier!
- Drink more water. Most people think they drink a lot of water, but if you wrote down your actual consumption in a day, I'm pretty sure it would be less than you think. Water has so many benefits including aiding digestion, helping us sleep better, flushing out the nasty toxins we consume (in our food and in the air we breathe), clearing up bad skin, reducing fatigue, giving us more energy... the list goes on! No matter how much water you currently drink, try and increase it and see how you feel after a few days, and then a few weeks. A couple of tips on how to do this? Start your day with a large glass of water. Not only is this a fab way to get your system going in the morning, but you may find you don't reach for that morning tea or coffee quite as quickly! Also try replacing one of your teas/ coffees/ soft drinks (whatever your beverage of choice is) with a large glass of water.
- Move daily. When I say move, I don't necessarily mean exercise. Getting 2 minutes to yourself if hard enough with a little one let alone finding time to fit in a jog, a yoga session or an LBT class! Although that said if you are exercising regularly then you'll know how much more energy you have when you do it! What I'm talking about though is simply moving your body for 20-30 minutes every day. This could include anything from a light (or if you prefer, brisk) walk, walking up and down stairs (don't be tempted by the lift!), throwing your baby up in the air 10 times (how do they get so heavy so quickly?!), doing 10 squats with your baby on your shoulders (keep your shoulders back and down, and engage your core on every squat to protect your lower back), crawl around after your baby on all fours (this is tougher than you might think!) or even get on that jungle gym with your baby in the playground (yes you'll get some weird looks, but who cares!)
Like I said, you don't need to do all 3 of these at once. Start with just 1 if that's more manageable. Just be consistent and check back in with yourself after 3 weeks to see how it's making you feel.
Post your feedback in the comments below or on the Facebook page! I'd love to know how you got on, and if you have any other tips please do share!