The weather is getting warmer, people are out more often. We are mixing long work hours with late night obligatory fashion parties. Well they are fun but after too many nights in a row it wears us down. The glitz and the fun is great, but where has all our energy gone? Next day we are exhausted and can fall into bad habits to beat the drain. Here is a list of habits that may help us understand better the answer to what’s draining us:
- Skipping breakfast, lunch or both: This is a big no-no. Chances are by the next meal you will be tempted to overeat and put on extra weight. Did we mention your blood sugars will lower and this causes the jitters, dizziness and in extreme cases some people may faint.
- Too busy to drink water: Are you drinking less than 8 glasses of water daily? Dehydration not only causes exhaustion but also bad breath, and a dry mouth.
- Skipping entire food groups without taking vitamins: Being a raw foodist, vegan, or gluten free dieter can feel really good for many but by excluding certain food groups we may neglect our body of certain nutrients like iron, vitamin D3 and B12. Best bet is to back up yourself with daily multi-vitamins. For strict non-meat eaters B12 is a must to get your energy levels up.
- Drinking too much coffee: Having more than one coffee per day may manifest into weakening your adrenal glands. It is not by accident that many coffee drinkers actually drink as many as 6 coffees per day. Your heart and adrenal glands are at risk here. Healthier choices can be black tea, green tea and a coffee substitute named teecino which you can get at your local supermarket or order online.
- Too little or too much exercise: What’s too little? Less than 3 times per week and less than 20 minutes daily. What’s too much? 6 days per week or no rest at all. Also 3 hours at the gym and no results? Check on your food habits and do 1 1/2 hours at most. An effective routine starts with 30 minutes per day.
- Seeing the doctor but forgetting to get blood tests: Simple blood tests can help your doctor determine anemia thru a CBC test. Also check on your thyroid, D vitamins, and blood sugar levels.
- Not sleeping enough: Less than 6 hours per night can cause you major exhaustion and add unwanted weight. Make it a point to go to bed 8 hours before you wake up for at least 4 days out of the week. Read a book and drink some chamomile tea for optimal results.
Now that you have a better idea of what could be draining you don’t beat yourself in the head. Go on and enjoy your day with consciousness and practice what you read.
Maria Andrade is a New York based Certified Holistic Health Counsellor. She graduated from The Institute of Integrative Nutrition and has been building her wellness coaching practice as well as integrating Pilates and other body healing technique. Maria’s personal nutritional philosophy is based on the concept of bio-individuality. Nutrition should be tackled according to the unique characteristics of the individual, such as ethnicity, blood type, and activity levels. She also bases her healing practice on numerous dietary theories.
Maria co-founded TotalBodyFit in 2008, in the hopes of bringing her message to a larger audience by conducting the health counselling, fitness classes, and massage therapy right in the client’s home, office or resident lounge. She leads TotalBodyFit’s nutrition workshops, corporate, and cooking events. She is available for one on one nutritional counselling.
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