Why Am I So Tired?

One of the many reasons people reach out to me is that they are feeling low on energy. It’s very challenging to keep up with our busy lifestyles when we are feeling sluggish and unmotivated. I have put together ten simple tips to help you boost your energy naturally. Making small changes over time can lead to big results!

  • Reduce or eliminate caffeine.
  • The ups and downs of caffeine include dehydration and blood sugar ups and downs, making mood swings more frequent.
  • Drink water.
  • Most Americans are chronically dehydrated. Before you go to sugar or caffeine, have a glass of water and wait a few minutes to see what happens.
  • Caution: Soft drinks are now America’s number one source of added sugar.
  • Eat dark leafy green vegetables.
  • Green is associated with spring, the time of renewal and refreshing, and vital energy.
  • Greens are full of vitamins and nutrients and great for improving circulation, lifting the spirit, purifying the blood, and strengthening the immune system.
  • Broccoli, collards, bok choy, kale, mustard greens, broccoli rabe, arugula, and dandelion greens are some of the many greens to choose from.
  • Use gentle sweets.
  • Avoid sugar and chemical artificial sweeteners.
  • Use gentle sweeteners like maple syrup, brown rice syrup, agave nectar, and stevia.
  • Eat sweet vegetables such as yams, carrots, and beets.
  • Get physical activity.
  • Start with simple activities, like walking or yoga – start with 10 minutes a day and increase.
  • Get more sleep and rest and relaxation.
  • When you are tired or stressed, your body will crave energy.
  • These cravings are often a result of being sleep-deprived, going to bed late, and waking up early for months and years on end.
  • Evaluate the amount of animal food you eat.
  • Eating too much meat, dairy, chicken, and eggs can lead to low energy. So can eating too little! Experiment. Respect your body’s individuality.
  • Take time for yourself.
  • Find activities that restore your energy, such as a walk, a bath, a museum, a movie, or whatever you enjoy and schedule a weekly date with yourself to do these things!
  • Get in touch with your spirituality.
  • We are spiritual beings in a physical world.
  • Find ways to get in touch with your spiritual side, be it meditating, dancing, drawing, going to church or temple, or being in nature.
  • Get rid of relationships that drain you.
  • People can drain you of your energy. It doesn’t mean that they are bad, but it is good to notice who drains you and why.
  • See if you can transform those relationships by communicating and setting boundaries or end the relationship.

Treat your body, mind and soul right, listen to your body’s cues and you will see a big difference in your energy levels!

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

How Your Food Affects Your Energy

Traditional Chinese Medicine focuses on using foods to prevent and treat disease. Knowledge of food energetics can help one build a stronger sense of health and well-being by eating different foods that impose different effects[1]. Like the saying, “you are what you eat.”

The principles of macrobiotics involve creating a yin and yang balance in all aspects of life – including the food combinations we choose to eat.

Eating from your own garden or buying your produce from the local farmers’ market will leave you feeling more connected to your home or local community. When you eat seasonal, locally grown produce, the body is more able to maintain balance from the inside out.

It is beneficial to take advantage of cooling fruits and lighter greens in the summertime, when they are at their peak in harvest. At the same time, heartier vegetables, such as deeply rooted carrots and squashes, grow more abundantly in the wintertime, and are going to add warmth to the body. It’s good to maintain a balance of eating seasonally as well as locally, as much as possible, to stay in harmony with the natural order of things.

   Quality Food Preparation
Grounded

Relaxed

Root vegetables

Sweet vegetables

Meat, fish

Beans

Stewing

Pressure Cooking

Baking

Light

Creative

Flexible

Leafy greens

Wheat, barley, quinoa

Fruit

Raw foods

Chocolate

Boiling

Steaming

Gas stove cooking

Tense

Anxious

Sugar

Caffeine

Alcohol

Microwave cooking

Electric stove cooking

Factory farming

Connected

Harmonious

Organic foods

Whole foods

Local foods

Brown rice

Home cooking

Home gardening

© Integrative Nutrition, Inc. | Reprinted with permission

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

[1] Leggett, Daverick. “The Energetics of Food.” Journal of Chinese Medicine. 56 (1998): n. page. Print.

Slow Down…Give Yourself a Break!

It has never been easier to connect with someone on the other side of the world, yet it’s so easy to feel disconnected from the people closest to us. We have more tools than ever to simplify tasks and accomplish more things quickly, yet our to-do lists have never been longer. Life is short, and time flies, especially in today’s fast-paced world.

These exercises are meant to help you slow down, enjoy life, and focus on the most important parts of your day. 

  1. Take the time to prioritize daily objectives. By focusing on the most important tasks to get done, we eliminate the hustle and stress of trying to accomplish everything at once.
  2. Cut personal Internet use by half. Technology has become a major element in most of our lives. Social networking, email, and web-surfing can occasionally cause our minds to lose focus and wander through hundreds of topics, thoughts and ideas. Try to use half your designated Internet time to explore new hobbies, exercise, or meditate.
  3. Enjoy nature. When time permits – take a five to ten minute break to step outside and breathe in some fresh air. Disconnect from the rest of the world and concentrate on the beauty of nature.
  4. Eat slower. A lot of us tend to speed through meals – missing the chance to appreciate different textures and flavors. Start to chew foods slower and distinguish new tastes, aromas, and consistencies.
  5. Connect with family and friends. We all try to make a considerable amount of time to spend with close friends and family. We discuss life events and exchange stories – but how often do we catch up while truly listening and connecting? Put away the cell phones and steer clear of noisy environments. Connect on a deeper level.
  6. Make time for yourself. When did you last spend valuable time with yourself? Take a night to find a new book, watch a favorite movie, try yoga, meditate, or cook a new recipe.
  7. Give yourself more time. Some of us like to stick to a tight schedule and plan all our daily events. Next time you’re jotting down new tasks in your planner, try to factor in a few extra minutes when estimating how long things will take. This will help you not rush through daily tasks.
  8. Take the scenic route. Next time you’re driving a somewhat long distance – try taking the scenic route. Driving through open fields, mountains, or viewing a city skyline can be very relaxing.
  9. Sit for a moment with your eyes closed when you start your computer. Even just a few moments of meditation can set the tone for the rest of your day. Try to empty your mind and take deep breaths before jumping into your day’s tasks.
  10. Remember your goals and aspirations. Each morning when you wake up, take a few moments to think about your life goals and aspirations. Try to recall the milestones you’ve already made in your life, and your drive to achieve new ones. Try doing this for about five minutes before getting out of bed to start your day.