With the days getting darker and cooler do you find yourself wanting to stay indoors, cozy up and make better friends with the couch? Do you loathe the feeling of crawling out of bed when it’s still dark outside? With the winter weather approaching (for real now..ugh), many of us begin to feel a little sluggish and tired.
But, did you know there are certain foods that you can eat, and simple lifestyle habits that will keep you zinging with energy as we head into the darker days of fall and winter? Here are 4 Ways to Boost Your Energy This Fall!
#1 Balance Your Blood Sugar
The first and most important way to keep your energy levels high through the day is to ensure that your blood sugar is balanced. This means that every time you know that your body needs food you feed it (or preferably, before that point). If you know you tend to feel hungry or tired at certain points throughout the day, try to add a snack with protein, fats and carbs (ideas: carrots + hummus, apples + almond butter, smoothies, yogurt, nuts + seeds, hard boiled eggs). Side note: Keeping your blood sugar balanced is also a great way to lose or maintain your weight.
#2 Balance Your Breakfast Routine
There are a few things that you can alter when your day begins that will have a HUGE impact on how you feel for the rest of the day. No big surprise here, it involves breakfast. The key points to a balanced breakfast involve: eating a minimum of 15g of protein or more, keep it low in sugar, ensure it contains healthy fats (like chia seeds, flax seeds, coconut oil, hemp hearts) and is high in fibre (aim for 10g). Great options include green smoothies, eggs, and oatmeal with nuts & seeds. Also, replacing your coffee habit with green tea will give you more energy as it contains a super huge amount of antioxidants as well as L-Theanine which has an uplifting and calming effect (not a caffeine crash).
#3 Balance Your Diet
There are a few foods that contain phytonutrients that nourish us beyond just calories, vitamins and minerals. These foods contain phytonutrient compounds that actually provide the body with synergistic energetic benefits (the effects are greater when eaten together rather than alone). Energizing reds (beets, grass fed red meat, kidney beans), energizing greens (kale, spinach, romaine lettuce) and energizing fats (coconut oil) are all key players in a healthy, energizing diet.
#4 Balance Your Life
Certain times of the year offer our social lives different opportunities. Summer is great to get out and see everyone and fall is great to connect with close family and friends. It is also a great opportunity to look inward as we head into 2015 to evaluate what is serving you and what isn’t. Take a little time to yourself in a peaceful setting and ask yourself the following questions: What is working for me now? What isn’t working for me right now? Do I have the power to change what isn’t working? How do I really want to feel? What decisions can I make that are aligned with the way that I want to feel? Another thing that I find helpful also is to write a “Stop Doing List”.
Bonus: Try this delicious Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Muffin recipe as a breakfast or snack, found exclusively on Michelle Tirmandi’s website. This simple, refined-sugar free, and vegan recipe will have you feeling energized in no time! Adding 1 tbsp of nut butter (almond, hazelnut, cashew or sunflower seed butter) will add healthy fats and protein that will stabilize your blood sugar keeping your energy levels (and waistline) in check!
Visit Holistic Nutritionist Michelle Tirmandi at michellenutrition.ca for more recipes and health tips. Follow her on Facebook at Michelle Nutrition, Instagram @michellenutrition and Twitter @michytirmandi