Here’s a little secret about me: I have spent the majority of my life not being a morning person. I used to be the grumpiest girl when I first got out of bed. The people who lived with me knew they shouldn’t talk to me until I had my morning cup of tea; otherwise I might snap or mutter something inaudible under my breath. Now that I’m have been a Nutritional Therapist for a while, things have changed. Believe it or not, I get up around 3:30 in the morning, ready to take on the day! I know it sounds crazy but I am just so energized that the thought of laying around in bed depresses me. If you have ever wanted to become a morning person and are looking for some natural ways to get energized, here are some tips I can share with you.
Start the day with a glass of water: Before I brush my teeth, before I pour my green tea, the first thing I do is drink a lot of water. How much? We’re talking a full-sized mason jar of this beneficial beverage! Hydration is absolutely key to helping us function at full capacity during the day. Sometimes I’ll even squeeze a bit of lemon juice into the water to really get me going, giving my body a nice boost of vitamin C. If you’re truly ambitious, you can add mint and berries to water and infuse it in the refrigerator overnight. Drinking refreshing water is a wonderful way to start the day. Give it a try! You will be amazed at how you feel.
Start sipping a smoothie: Sometimes I feel like a broken record when it comes to the topic of smoothies. It feels so cliché…a nutritionist writing about the benefits of smoothies. Shocking. But seriously, smoothies really rev-me up. I add so much good stuff into my blender and it gives my body the nutrients it needs to stay energized. You guys know that I’m obsessed with Natural Vitality and all the products this great company has to offer. One of my favorite products is the Organic Life Vitamins because it is packed with nutrients to help me thrive. It also tastes amazing and goes nicely with a variety of smoothie ingredients. You can learn more about this fabulous product here and I highly recommend you start adding it to your smoothies for a boost of energizing nutrients.
Get outside: I have three dogs and they all have a lot of energy, so when it comes to getting outside daily, I really don’t have much of a choice! I take them for long walks every single day, even when I am exhausted. I find that when I am finished walking, my body feels revitalized and my brain seems to operate at full capacity. Exercise is a great way to get energized and I am a firm believer that you benefit from it even more when you’re outside. Connecting with nature gives us a sense of being grounded and in touch with the universe. It can also aid in relieving stress, an emotion that is terribly exhausting. Make time to be outside every day! Work in the garden, walk along the lake, just get out there and appreciate all that mother nature has to offer.
Check your digestion: This was a big tip for me because I spent years suffering from digestive issues. I found that all of the symptoms I was experiencing were depleting me of energy. I also found that because I wasn’t absorbing the nutrients I needed to stay energized, I would get sleepy halfway through the day. If you are feeling drained, take a look at your digestive system. Are you experiencing gas, constipation, heartburn, or bloating? Perhaps it’s time to invest in some digestive supplements or a good quality probiotic. You will be amazed at how great you feel once your gut is healthy and happy.
Stay balanced: This is easier said than done and I am not going to lie… I still struggle with this from time to time. When we are super energized, it can be sometimes hard for us to calm down and get away from things like work, family, and other responsibilities. I find that when I schedule time just for myself, I feel rejuvenated the next day. Soaking in a warm bath is my favorite way to chill out. I will light some candles, turn on some music, and just be at peace. Try adding some Natural Vitality Natural Calm Bath to the water for an extra dose of relaxation. I love the lavender scent because it really takes this pampering experience to another level. You can learn more about it here.
I’ve been getting up super early for the past month. What do I mean by early? How about 3 am! In this episode of Authentic Self Wellness, I share with you the ways I keep my energy levels up to help me get through my day. Enjoy!
In this episode of Authentic Self Wellness Radio, you will discover some of the amazing benefits of wheat grass! Learn about all of the valuable nutrients that it contains and find out how it can promote optimal wellness throughout your body. Enjoy!
Snow peas have been around for thousands of years and are enjoyed by many! These young pea pods are delicate and sweet in flavor and are loaded with fabulous health benefits. For example, snow peas are an excellent source of B vitamins which help to boost and maintain our energy levels. These vitamins also help build nerve and muscle tissue in our body. Snow peas also contain immune-boosting vitamin C, helping us stay well during cold and flu season. These peas are rich in lutein and zeaxanthin which help promote vision health. They are also a good source of vitamin K for bone health and vitamin A for heart health.
DID YOU KNOW:
– Snow peas are a good source of fiber, which helps to lower cholesterol and promotes healthy digestion.
– You can eat the snow pea whole! In fact, these peas are valued for their pods rather than just the peas inside.
A few times a week, I will cruise on over to my local juice store for a nice shot of wheatgrass. Yep! You heard it; a cup full of bright green juice. Sounds odd, right? It’s actually something that I really love doing because within minutes of drinking my shot I feel so much healthier and happier. Wheatgrass contains over 90 different minerals including calcium, magnesium, and potassium. It’s also an amazing source of vitamin C (perfect for boosting immunity) and vitamin A (for healthy vision and eyes). In addition to these health benefits, wheatgrass has enzymes that can help aid in digestion, something that is important for helping us stay energized. Wheatgrass is high in amino acids which are very important building blocks of protein. We need amino acids for our growth and healthy cell rejuvenation. If the taste of wheatgrass is just too strong for you, I recommend diluting it with a bit of organic orange juice. You can also add a good quality wheatgrass powder to your daily smoothies. I promise you will be wild about wheatgrass in no time at all!
Many of you know that I am a big tea drinker. I am a self proclaimed tea-a-holic….what can I say? Some girls buy shoes but I buy tea! My favorite type of tea would have to be yerba mate. It has such a beautiful earthy flavor and it really gives me the energy needed to start my busy mornings. Yerba mate is from a tree native to the rain forests of South America. It does contain a good amount of caffeine but unlike coffee, it will not give you the jitters. Yerba mate has been shown to help raise metabolism and aids in supporting an active lifestyle. It’s a great source of antioxidants, minerals, amino acids and B vitamins. It tastes great alone or you can sweeten it with some raw honey for added health benefits. I drink some every morning because it also helps to aid in elimination. My favorite brand (that I personally drink on a regular basis) is from Eco Teas – Organic and Fair Trade. I enjoy their Unsmoked Yerba Mate and I think you will love it too!
Enjoy the tastes of summer with this nutritious and delicious smoothie! It’s a great way to get a healthy boost of energy without having to reach for caffeine. This smoothie is full of nutrients like folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, and calcium. It’s also a good source of magnesium and potassium. The flesh of a pineapple has been shown to aid in digestion and help reduce the risk of blood clots. Pineapple is also a great source of vitamin C and ferulic acid which helps prevent cancer. Lemons have antifungal and antiseptic qualities which helps to kill germs in the body. This is one of the reasons lemons are traditionally used to soothe sore throats. Give this smoothie a try today!
Pineapple Kiwi Smoothie
1 C chunks of pineapple (fresh is best)
1 C plain rice, almond, or coconut milk
1/2 tsp natural vanilla essence
1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
2 kiwi fruits
Add all ingredients to your blender and process until smooth. Pour into a tall glass and serve. Enjoy!
Did you pick up a bunch of berries at the store? Looking for ways to use them? This delicious and nutritious smoothie will not only boost your energy levels naturally but will keep your immune system strong. It’s also a fantastic smoothie for promoting healthy and clear skin. The blueberries are a very good source of vitamin C, manganese, and vitamin E. Blackberries are full of fiber, which helps keep us regular and our digestive system healthy. Strawberries contain a concentrated source of nutrients that make them a good for promoting good heart health. They also have anti-inflammatory properties. By using some plain kefir, you are incorporating “friendly-bacteria” into your body, promoting good digestive help and strong immunity. Give this smoothie a try today!
Probiotic Immunity-Boosting Berry Blast
1 handful fresh organic raspberries
1 handful fresh organic strawberries
1 handful fresh organic blueberries
1 handful fresh organic blackberries
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1 C of your favorite plain unsweetened kefir
2 tsp honey
Add all ingredients to your blender and process until thoroughly mixed. Pour into a tall glass and serve.