4th October 2017 by Jess
Our nutritionist gives her top lifestyle and diet tips for naturally boosting energy.
Energy is such a good marker of health and when we have great energy, life feels SO much enjoyable, easier and we can accomplish a lot more. If you feel like your energy is at an all time low, start incorporating some of the below tips and foods, pick one at a time, start there, and incorporate more as you feel able and inspired to do so.
Your lymphatic system is a major component of your body’s immune system and how energised you feel. Unlike blood, lymph doesn’t have a heart to pump it around the body, so a great way to ensure that it has great function and is able to efficiently rid your body of toxins which if left to accumulate will make you feel sluggish and tired, is to move.
Move first thing in the morning, either use a skipping rope, bounce on a rebounder or do some burpees for just 5 minutes. Not only will it support your elimination and detox pathways and support your immunity, it will also wake you up and have you feeling great from the inside out.
A lot of the people I see in clinic come to see me with goals of dropping a dress size or losing a certain number of kilograms. While the intention is good and I am over the moon for their determination and focus, focusing on weight often means a focus on deprivation, which leads to low energy and poor long-term results as this focus can’t be sustained.
Instead, switch your focus to your health and approach weight loss with more health-specific results in mind. For example, set goals to be able to walk or run a certain distance or to get more sleep. That way, losing weight will be a side effect rather than the sole driving force (if that is your health goal). The journey will be so much more enjoyable that way.
Rather than focusing on eating less junk food (think cakes, processed chocolate, sweets, biscuits etc.), focus on eating more real food!
As a result, not only will you consume more nutrients, you’ll also eat considerably less packaged and processed food, avoiding some of those ingredients that can chip away at your health. Real/whole foods contain not only nutrients but enzymes, necessary for every chemical process in the body.
Look at decreasing your reliance on packet or tinned foods and whenever you can look at making alternatives yourself. A simple and easy dressing or homemade tomato sauce will be far more nourishing than their store-bought counterparts and eating real food will give you the energy you need to feel your best all the time.
Looking to naturally boost your energy levels? These are the vitamins and minerals you need to focus on in your diet.
mini cocoa cookies, Belgian white chocolate, raw sunflower seeds and cocoa fudge
pure pecans, brazil nuts, raw almonds and redskin peanuts
roasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds with soy sauce
chilli and lime cashews, raw almonds, blanched peanuts
black pepper cashews, black pepper almonds, roasted unsalted cashews and redskin peanuts
raw and blanched almonds, roasted hazelnuts and raw walnuts
poppyseed & onion sesame sticks, roasted pumpkin seeds and cheese flavoured cashews
Belgian dark chocolate, orange infused raisins and roasted hazelnuts
white chocolate buttons, blanched almonds, whole hazelnuts and raspberry fruit strings
dark chocolate buttons, Chilean flame raisins, dried sour cherries and raw pecan nuts
roasted hazelnuts, chewy dried cranberries, jumbo flame raisins and redskin peanuts
pecan nuts, Belgian milk chocolate and salted caramel buttons, pumpkin seeds and amaretti drops
spicy chickpeas, edamame beans and black pepper cashews
Cornish vanilla fudge, Belgian milk chocolate, chewy cranberries, blanched almonds
tangy dried sour cherries, soft dried pear and crunchy walnuts
milk chocolate coated honeycomb pieces, raisins and raw almonds
superfruit pieces of real orange juice & cacao nibs, with raw almonds and chopped dates
mini Belgian milk chocolate drops, raw coconut flakes and juicy dried cranberries
raspberry fruit strings, raspberry cranberries, almond slivers and vanilla sponge drops
dried-not-fried beetroot crisps, pure sunflower seeds and jalapeno chickpeas
our classic rustic rolled oat flapjack with warming apple and cinnamon
rustic rolled oat flapjacks with honeycomb and chocolate drizzle
rustic rolled oat flapjacks, infused with orange, drizzled with chocolate
delicious oaty flapjacks with locally-sourced lemon curd and a yoghurt drizzle
the original rustic rolled oat flapjack, with mixed seeds and dried fruits
salsa peanuts, wild rice sticks and BBQ flavoured peas
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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