Is that notorious energy slump catching you out in the afternoon? Finding it hard to keep motivated post lunch? Here are my 5 top tips to keep you going throughout the day:
- Don’t skip breakfast – eating a well-balanced breakfast full of essential nutrients will help to keep energy levels balanced throughout the day. A breakfast rich in fibre, complex carbohydrates, and a portion of protein, will ensure blood sugar levels are kept in check, and a constant supply of energy is on hand when needed. Missing this important meal and heading for sugary snacks will send blood sugar levels on an energy rollercoaster, leaving you unsatisfied, fatigued, and heading for the next sugar hit.
Look out for my weekly meal plans for healthy breakfast ideas
- Ditch the sugar – instead of reaching for the nearest chocolate bar or box of biscuits when you’re feeling peckish, snack on foods rich in protein to keep you feeling fuller for longer. Snacking on a handful of nuts, or a couple of oatcakes with creamy hummus will help keep that blood sugar and energy supply at a consistent level. Upping the protein will mean less sugar spikes, improved concentration, and a happier, calmer mind. One of my fav snacks at the moment is cashew or almond butter spread on slices of pear – totally yummy! Give it a try!
- Keep stress levels in check – being stressed takes up so much of our precious energy! Being aware of the stress in our lives and making a conscious effort to manage and reduce it will drastically increase energy levels and our energy reserves. Taking time out for ourselves, even if it’s only half an hour a day, is one of the most beneficial things we can do. A yoga class, some meditation, a walk through the park – anything that calms your racing mind, will boost your energy.
Try a relaxing magnesium bath before bed to relax all the muscles of the body – believe me, you will not be disappointed!
- Keep hydrated – being dehydrated can leave you feeling fatigued and lethargic. In our hectic city lives it is so easy to forget to keep our water levels topped up. An adequate water intake is vital in maintaining energy levels, with every cell of our body requiring it to function, and not to mention its importance in flushing toxins and waste from the body. Keep a water jug or bottle on your desk so you’ve always got some nearby. Aim to drink 1.5 to 2 litres per day. I have recently purchased a water bottle with an in-built filter – filtered water always on hand and less money spent on buying bottles on the go!
- Are you getting enough magnesium? Although magnesium is essential for helping muscle relax, the mineral also plays a vital role in energy production. Over 300 biochemical reactions in the body require magnesium, and without it energy production will not be at its best. Ensure your diet is rich in magnesium to keep those energy supplies in abundance. Dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, avocado and mackerel all contain high levels of magnesium – so start making these delicious foods part of your daily diet!