As a new mum, I am fiercely protective of my energy because I know it has such an impact on the whole family.
Here are some of the tried and true ways I keep my energy up.
Break a sweat every day! Climb some stairs, dance like nobody's watching, jump on a trampoline, take a brisk walk, spend a few minutes in your favorite yoga pose - move!
Since having a baby, my exercise has become non-negotiable. I need my endorphin fix! I keep things simple by popping in an exercise DVD at home and squeezing in my workout first thing in the morning, or right after the baby sleeps at night. I’ve found that even a short 10-15 minute burst of exercise does wonders for my mood and energy.
2. ease up on the caffeine
Coffee gives you an immediate surge of energy, but over time is taxing on your adrenal glands and will keep you trapped in a cycle of “wired and tired.” It’s also acidic and dehydrating. Green and white tea or yerba mate are better options that still contain some caffeine, yet are gentler on the body.
If you’re going to keep drinking coffee, follow these tips: always have a glass of water for every cup of coffee, and don’t drink coffee after 12pm. Since caffeine has a half-life of seven hours, you don’t want to have any late in the day, because it will impact your sleep, leading to more exhaustion!
3. cut the sweets
Sugar and processed foods will zap your energy like a colicky baby. Sugar provides calories with no added nutrients, which is disastrous for your health and energy. According to the American Heart Association, the maximum amount of added sugar that women should consume in a day is 25 grams or 6 teaspoons. (For reference, a 12-ounce can of Coke has 39 grams of sugar!)
Instead of having sweets and soft drinks, you can snack on a piece of fruit, berries, nuts, guacamole or a dessert that’s sweetened with stevia like this key lime pudding. Balanced blood sugar levels will lead to steady energy all day long!
4. practice an electronic sundown
If you have a hard time falling asleep try implementing an “electronic sundown.” This means you turn off all electronics – TV, computer, cell phone – an hour before bedtime. When you “go go go” all day, your body relishes the opportunity to wind down and prepare for sleep.
During this time, you can read, meditate, take a bath, or practice a restorative yoga pose. The legs up the wall pose is wonderful for calming down the nervous system and helping you prepare for restful, restorative sleep.
*Kerry Bajaj is a Certified Health Coach. She helps clients achieve their health goals including weight loss, improved digestion, stress reduction and fitness. Kerry is a graduate of Georgetown University and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and is certified by Columbia University Teachers College in holistic health. She has been mentored in functional medicine under Dr. Frank Lipman since 2010. She has run four marathons, is a certified yoga teacher and writes about health and wellness atwww.kerrybajaj.com.