Happy Wednesday! Over the course of the last four weeks we have covered a wide range of topics from organic budgeting to staying on track while traveling, and if you’re like me, you’ve learned quite a bit regarding the organic lifestyle!
For this Get Inspired Wednesday! we’ll be doing things a little differently. Today we are catching up and checking in!
How has your newly adapted organic lifestyle been treating you?
Do you feel different?
Do you look different?
Has your outlook on food changed?
These are all good questions to ask yourself for any new dietary adoption, but are especially applicable to living organic! While not everyone will experience the same changes or responses, it is my hope that you are all much happier overall from your major or minor changes in your life.
Now, with any change no matter how big or small, your energy levels may be a little out of whack from time to time. As we change lifestyle habits our bodies must adapt to these changes – this includes our energy levels. Today, take a moment to think about how you feel from day-to-day. Do you wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day? Do you get that “2:30 feeling” every afternoon? What about in the evening – are you excited to make yourself and family a deliciously organic dinner or are you too wiped out to even think about cooking?
While every day may be a different story here are a few basic tips you can implement into your life in order to maintain your energy 24/7!
HYDRATE! Any doctor or health nut will tell you that dehydration is the number one cause of fatigue. The recommendations vary by source but a tip I’ve learned to live by is to drink (about) half of your body weight in ounces of water each day. Yes.. it does seem like a lot, and well, it is – but your body will thank you! If you have a hard time drinking plain old water add a lemon or lime, sugar free flavorings or your favorite tea bag. However you drink it, just remember, water is they key!
SQUEEZE A LITTLE CITRUS INTO YOUR LIFE. Citrus fruits are a natural energy booster from their high levels of antioxidants and Vitamin C. Both of these fight off free radical damage in the body, which can lead to illness or fatigue. Not to mention, the scent of citrus wakes you up leaving you feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day. Pack an orange or grapefruit for your afternoon snack and you’ll surely be ready to power through the last few hours of your workday!
BRING ON THE IRON! Iron is a highly important mineral due to its role in transporting oxygen to where the body needs it most. Iron can be found in lean meat, nuts, many varieties of dried fruit, dark green and leafy vegetables and iron-fortified cereals. Eat like a kid and enjoy a big bowl of fortified cereal for breakfast, pack some as a snack later on or enjoy a juicy cheeseburger as both a savory treat and an energy source!
MAKE IT GREEK. Yogurt is not only a great source of calcium but also protein. Switch over to Greek yogurt and you’ll get all of the nine essential amino acids needed for healthy growth and muscle development. Top with berries and a drizzle of honey for breakfast or as a recovery snack after a tough workout. Either way, get your Greek on!
EXERCISE FOR THE SOUL. Last but not least, maintaining a routine exercise regimen will not only keep you healthy but energized as well! Though it may be hard to put on those running shoes after a long day at the office, you’ll reap the benefits immediately feeling rejuvenated and ready to enjoy life each and every day!
Be sure to check in with yourself, add a few (or all!) of these tips to your days and keep living healthy and happy!