It is so difficult ti make your health a priority when you have so many people relying on you. So many of us tend to put everyone's needs above your own and in the end we are exhausted, frustrated and not as effective as we need to be. The great news is that it doesn't have to be "all or nothing". Anything is better than nothing, and that includes making small improvements that over time, add up to meaningful change. If this sounds like your life, we're about to share with you 3 simple ways to break the cycle of exhaustion and finally live your best life.
Nutrition is the MOST important and tangible component to increasing your energy levels. A simple analogy is if your body is a car and you keep putting the wrong fuel in, it would not perform as well. It's the same with your food. The right food ensures you will perform well.
Here is the easiest thing you can do to improve your energy levels. DRINK MORE WATER! Without adequate amounts of water in our diet we are prone to dehydration which not only affects your body's energy levels, but can also cause you to overeat.
As easy way to determine how much water you should drink is the color of your urine. Your urine should be light yellow to almost clear.
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Meal prepping your foods is one of the best ways to control your energy and your waistline. But, if you've never done it, it can be daunting. Follow these simple meal pre hacks.
Plan Your Meals In Advance
Meals don't have to be super fancy when you're meal prepping, matter of fact, they should be as simple as possible. When you plan your meals, just stick to picking 2-3 lean proteins (chicken, fish, lean beef, egg whites, tofu), 2 veggies (broccoli, spinach, yams, beans), 2 fruits (apples, bell peppers) and 1-2 carbs (grains, legumes, sprouted bread). Once you have those, just buy them and literally eat the same thing daily.
Cook Right After Grocery Shopping
After you've purchased all your food, you should immediately start cooking and prepping it when you get home. Don't bother putting it in the fridge or else you may forget when you don't see it. Plan the cooing and shopping as one task.
Portion Your Foods In Containers
This may seem simple, but portioning out your foods in individual containers makes grabbing meals on-the-go so fast and easy it's nearly impossible to screw it up. So make sure you portion out complete meals that combine the foods listed above.
Remember when we mentioned the importance of drinking lots of water? Well having a smoothie is a great way to get in some hydration and even getting a decent meal. Here's one of our favorite smoothie recipes:
Berry Chocolate Delight
Start with 4 oz. no added sugar vanilla almond milk
20 grams chocolate protein powder
5 average size strawberries
1/4 tsp. peppermint extract
6 whole almonds or cashews (eaten separately)