Energy is something we often take for granted until we no longer have it. Most of us go until we’re out of steam from the moment we wake up til our heads finally hit the pillow at night (or very early the next day…I know we’re all busy). For some the energy decline happens suddenly and with others the process is gradual both leave you feeling tired and listless. While age plays a huge factor, diet and lifestyle are also major contributors in keeping energy levels high. Poor diet = poor energy. The same goes for lack of sleep, smoking, and lack of adequate exercise.
Habits are not easy to change but even starting small can make a big difference:
1. Gradually change your eating habits (every grocery trip) if you’re having white (anything – bread, pasta, sugar) change over to 100% whole wheat/whole grain…. I find with most people this is the hardest maybe because it’s food and you’re so used to eating the same thing but I promise you it does not taste bad and is much healthier. Substitute soda/juice for water….not so thrilled with being a plain jane? Add flavor to it with fresh lemon squeeze or thinly sliced cucumbers.
If you’re a frequent snacker stock up on dried fruits (check the labels first some are loaded with preservatives) and nuts to carry around with you. Fresh veggies are also a must. I know it sounds like work but once you get into a routine it will become your new healthier habit. Check out my blog post on how I shop for produce Beauty Foods ~ Not Just For Thought. I usually do my produce shopping with my kids so this is quicker for me and fun for them to help out. Typically lunch is the biggest meal but you should be eating light to heavy. Start out with a juice + veggie smoothie. Avoid eating more than one meat at dinner time.
2. Exercise. For some this is an evil word but if you are eating healthy the next step is get physically active. Now you don’t have to go join a gym or anything or go crazy buying dance workouts. Start by simply walking 10 minutes a day. Every week increase your time by 5-10 minutes until you’ve reached 30 minutes. You can also add weights (once you’re more comfortable), start off with 5-8lbs or resistance bands (my favorite) they are light weight and you can take them anywhere with you.
3. Take time to find your passion. I know eyebrows are raising saying, “Who has the time? and What is my passion?” It could be anything….reading, volunteering, taking photos, fishing (I love fishing), you never know where it may take you
4. “Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.”~ Veronica A. Shoffstall…..meaning love yourself first. Happiness and good health should not hinge upon someone else making you happy with you. You have to like and love yourself first. This takes a little soul searching but knowing yourself is the best thing you can do for yourself.