I have ten months-old twins and a three year old. The only help I have is a sitter for four hours a day, four days a week. I am very fortunate to be able to have this help. But the rest of the time I take care of my family by myself, as my husband works a lot. I get up to breastfeed 4-6 times every night and I get up at 6:30 am with the kids every morning. I always cook three meals a day for everyone. I am not a superwoman and I don’t have the magic powers. I just make sure to maintain the optimal energy levels for me. You can find and maintain your optimal energy levels, too.
Over the years of working with clients and educating them about nutrition and health, I have heard many excuses for their lack of energy. Age is among the first ones. Yet, many of us have seen 70-80 year old people on the treadmill, in the gym, learning, traveling, living life to the fullest. The age doesn’t make you tired. You doing nothing about getting older does.
We all have boundless energy, stored somewhere. All we have to do is find it. Sugar, junk food, fat, smoking, alcohol, excessive animal products, caffeine and lack of exercise depletes it. Here are some practices, which would help you become the most energetic and productive you.
1.Yoga. All exercise is good,but yoga purifies you energetically. This is why many report that it feels like “walking on clouds” after a yoga class. And yes, you do have time. Get a DVD. Do 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the evening-it’s better than nothing. And do it every day!
2. Breathing exercises and meditation. Learn a simple way to meditate. I will post one for you tomorrow, to make things easier. Learn a breathing exercise or two: they energize you instantaneously.
3. Less milk, meat, sugar, caffeine, alcohol, artificial processed junk food. Don’t try to become a monk. Just limit the crap you ingest, as it becomes your thoughts and actions, eventually.
4. More fruits and vegetables. Especially, green leafy vegetables. A big salad a day is a must, if you want to get your optimal energy back.
5. Snack on whole foods, not processed foods.
6.Always eat three meals plus two snacks a day.
7. Use pure oils in your cooking. Eat avocado, nuts and seeds instead of fatty dairy products, like cheese.
8. Consider supplementing your diet with green food extracts and probiotics.
9. Try to get at least 80% of your food to be cooked at home.
10. Every day, spend some time outdoors, regardless of what the weather is like. Fresh air, bird, trees, leaves – all of this better connects us to who we really are: beings with boundless energy.