There is a fine line between feeling energized and feeling stressed.Without fail, every mom or young professional I talk to wants more energy and less stress in their day. They want to feel motivated and alert. They want to feel full of creative thoughts and have the ability to follow through with them! However, too often, instead of feeling ready to conquer the day, we feel tired and anxious. Our thoughts are all foggy and our bodies are moving slowly. So what do we do? We grab a quick fix – maybe some caffeine or some sugar – quick energy that ends up making us feel physically anxious on top of the emotional anxiety we were already feeling. Perhaps we blame our busy schedules, our poor sleeping habits or the glass of wine (or two…) we had the night before. We convince ourselves to just keep pushing through, trying to knock out our to-do list as we yearn for this feeling of "alertness" and "awareness". There are certain markers that instinctively tell us this way of life is not healthy. One of these markers is weight gain, which seems to be the most obvious and common impetus for change in our culture. But the evidence of poor health that I see the most often is lack of energy. This lack can take on many names and forms: exhaustion, anxiety, brain fog–just to name a few. You know that you are not as productive or effective as you could be because you are tired, stressed or just plain scattered. But, is it even possible to stay energized throughout the day?? Yes. Yes, it is. Here are 3 ways to boost that energy of yours and reduce stress in your day (hint: #3 will be the most life changing–you're welcome):
1. Detoxify your bodyYour body is hard at work combating every toxin that you come into contact with all day. Allergens in the air, heavy metals that have leached into your food, unnatural additives and preservatives you consume–your digestive system works hard to get those toxins out. When your digestive system is overloaded, your body gives in to exhaustion, brain fog and a very discouraged demeanor. Maybe your energy is low and your productivity has stalled because your body needs a detox Leafy greens are essential for proper digestion, which means your body cannot get rid of the toxins that it has taken in without them. Your gallbladder (you forgot you had one of those, didn't you??) plays an important role in this! The bile that it produces helps to emulsify fats, scrub your intestinal wall from toxic chemicals and expel those chemicals by way of attaching to the cellulose in leafy greens. Without that cellulose, the toxins remain in your gut and are absorbed into your blood, your lymph and then your brain. Yep. Brain fog and lack of vegetable consumption are linked. The chemical compounds in leafy greens attach to the bile from your gall bladder and escort the toxins out of your body. When your body is so overloaded with toxins that it cannot digest them, those toxins accumulate in your brain tissue. Nobody wants that. So if you are nourishing your body well with leafy greens, your organs will work together properly to expel toxins instead of having to store them in other valuable tissue! Add in more leafy greens to your day, and see how fast your brain fog lifts. Add them into every meal, and by the end of a week you will feel like a whole new person! Here are a few of my favorite ways:
- Add chopped spinach to your eggs in the morning, or have eggs with a side salad
- Make my fave Kale Salad – It is so delicious you will want to eat it any time of day, even for an energizing afternoon snack!
- Chlorella Energy Shot – Chlorella is an algae that is incredibly nutrient dense, and earns its "superfood" title in a big way. It helps to detoxify your body from heavy metals and radiation, has an incredibly high concentration of chlorophyll to help your body eliminate toxins and helps regulate your hormones and metabolism while strengthening your immune system. Talk about SUPER