29th January 2018 by Jess
Fight fatigue with these surprisingly simple tips from our nutritionist Jess.
In all my years working with people in my nutrition clinic and working with people in groups, one thing that crops up time and time again- irrespective of age, sex or current health status- is the desire to have more energy.
When you have energy on your side, life is easier, more enjoyable, you can achieve more and enjoy the company of those around you. On the other hand, when your energy levels are depleted or running on empty, life can be tough. Challenges can feel bigger than they are and can become overwhelming.
If your response when someone asks you how you are is “exhausted” and if you currently rely on caffeine and sugar to pick you up, then take note of the following three tips.
I know this sounds so ridiculously simple, but I can’t tell you what a difference this makes to your energy levels, in such a short space of time.
Eating vegetables, particularly of the green kind is like ingesting sunshine. Veggies are teaming with antioxidants as well as a number of different vitamins and minerals which are needed by our body to create energy.
Greens are a fantastic source of non-haem (vegetarian) iron, which is a mineral that is required by the body for effective oxygenation.
By incorporating resistance training or muscle building exercises into your exercise routine, it will help your body to build lean muscle mass. The more muscle you have, the more energy producing mitochondria you have in your cells.
This results in an increased metabolic rate and energy production as well as a more efficient fat management system, which liberates you from calorie counting.
Imagine all the tasks, emails or jobs that you’re working on are like open tabs on your computer. The more you have open, ‘in progress’ and unresolved, the slower you will be working as a whole.
To be more energy efficient, schedule tasks for certain times in the day, highlight your most important tasks of the day, and don’t move onto the next task until you have completed the task at hand. The FOCUS acronym comes in handy when it comes to conserving your energy and not multi-tasking:
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By Jess, graze nutritionist.
Our nutritionist extraordinaire, Jess trained at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and is a registered practitioner with the British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy. She's the creator of our health badges, to help you choose the snacks and boxes that are right for you. Check out everything from Jess on our blog, with recipes and tricks to help you keep making better choices, or go to Jess's blog at jessipes.co.uk for even more.
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