A couple of weeks ago I confessed to you about my recent chocolate obsession, if you missed it on my blog, you can click here to check it out.
Today, I’m sharing how 8 amazing mums chose to say “yes” to taking part in my online health program they didn’t know much about, but just 2 weeks into the program, they were reaping the benefits of increased energy and feeling overall healthier.
If you too would love to say “YES” to more energy and feeling better, I’m sharing three of the things these mums started to incorporate into their day.
The very first thing I asked my program participants to do was to have a good look at the food they were eating on a daily basis. For me, chocolate had become a prominent food group in my diet (not something I was proud of, if I’m honest with you).
The food that you eat has a direct impact on how you feel each and every day.
Naturopathic medicine is based on the principle that all health starts in your gut – and if the foods you are feeding your gut and not so healthy, this is the first place I encourage you to focus on changing.
If you are relying on foods high in sugar for an energy boost, the saying “what goes up must come down” becomes relevant, as you hit an energy slump at some point during the day, often multiple times (think about when you’re reaching for your second, third or fourth cup of coffee or tea!) – and the more sugar your eat, the more your body craves it, until you’re addicted to the highs sugar gives you.
Now, before you get nervous about having to “quit sugar”, it’s not the first thing I focus on in my clinic or online program. Instead, I offer tools to help reduce your sugar cravings so that naturally you reduce the amount that you’re consuming.
Here are 3 of my tips to help you start feeling better today:
- Focus on your protein intake
Every person’s protein requirements are different – but as a general rule, I suggest you ensure that every time you have a meal or a snack, it contains some type of protein, an amount that is at least around the size of your palm. Protein helps stabilise blood sugar levels and it helps to keep you fuller for longer – so your energy isn’t going up and down constantly, and you’re not reaching for a snack every 5 minutes.
- Increase your water intake
Sometimes when you think you’re hungry, you’re actually thirsty. How much water have you had today? I always recommend starting the day with 1 big glass of water, as you often wake up dehydrated from a long sleep. Grab a big glass of pure water right now, and if you’re in Sydney (where it’s a little bit cold today), add some warm water from the kettle so that it helps warm you up too.
- Double or even triple your veggie intake
It saddens me that most people don’t eat enough vegetables. I recommend you eat 5-8 cups of veggies a day – which may in fact be double or even triple what you’re currently consuming. Easy ways to add veggies to your daily diet include avocado, mushrooms and tomatoes for breakfast with your eggs, some greens like spinach, rocket or parsley added to your salad or sandwich for lunch and a big pot of soup for dinner. Focusing on adding more veggies to your day means your gut will be fed with more antioxidants, fibre, amazing minerals and vitamins that processed foods are lacking – this alone will give you more energy and help you feel better!
It is my highest intention that these tips help you start feeling less tired and sluggish and more energetic and healthy.
If the thought of incorporating these tips without support makes you nervous, I offer meal plans complete with shopping lists and recipes for you to easily follow. I can customise the meals to suit you by excluding certain foods and including others (for example gluten/grain free or dairy free) – just send me an e-mail saying “YES” to let me know you’re interested, and I can send you some more info, so that you can start your journey to feeling better.
To sustained energy & feeling good,
PS I’m still working on releasing my mums program so keep an eye on your inbox for more info coming soon!