What time did you wake up today?
Did you hit snooze?
Did you skip breakfast?
Did you get in a workout?
Our mornings are super important because they can either set us up for success, or knock over the domino into a frazzled and exhausting day. If you don’t love your answers to these👆🏼 questions, you’re likely battling consistently low energy levels and fatigue, and it’s time to do something about it.
Our lack of energy stems directly from how we treat our bodies (nutrition, sleep, exercise, etc), which also means that we can get our energy back just by changing a few things in our lifestyle.
Here are 5 of my go-to daily food hacks that give me the energy I need to stick to my morning personness (that’s a word, right?), and build a successful day:
1. Don’t eat crap.
We all know that processed foods are not an ideal form of nourishment, but they’re especially bad if we’re struggling with low energy levels. Our bodies are our temples, so we should feed them like they deserve. If we do, they will respond by giving us the energy and drive that we need to be vitalized and productive.
2. Watch the caffeine (and I don’t just mean coffee).
In Rise and Shine, I talk about the best times to consume coffee for optimal energy levels, but it’s worth noting that there are a lot of other caffeine-ridden products that we should to be wary of: Tea, soda, protein bars, candy bars, medications (usually for headaches), etc. Keep an eye on your labels and watch your caffeine intake!
3. Time your dinner.
We always hear about how we shouldn’t eat right before bed because it’s not good for us. Makes sense, doesn’t it? If we go to bed with a full meal in our stomachs, we’ll be up all night tossing and turning with indigestion. On the other hand, skipping dinner or eating too little could keep us up with growling stomachs. The key is to eat a balanced, satisfying meal-without overdoing it- a few hours before bedtime.
4. Watch out for sugar.
This one is different from the #1 because not all sugar is processed. There’s plenty of sugar in fruit, raw honey, carrots, sweet potatoes…you name it. Sometimes we turn to sugar for a temporary energy boost (similar to caffeine), but this is NOT what we want when we’re trying to fall asleep. If you’re going to eat ice cream, cookies, or even some fruit for dessert, make sure it’s at least a few hours before bedtime.
5. Make sure you’re eating enough.
Tracking calories is never fun, but sometimes it can be super helpful in determining deficiencies. If you’re always super busy and feeling exhausted, there’s a strong chance that you’re undereating the things that your body needs. Calorie and nutrient requirements vary by age, gender, size, exercise level, genetics, and many other factors, so it will take some time to find your sweet spot. Tracking your eating for a few days or weeks can help you notice any glaring issues with your habits. (If you don’t see an issue but you feel like you might be missing something, it’s probably time to hire a coach.)
So there you have it – my 5 food hacks for a more energized day! Start implementing these and I promise you’ll see a BIG change in your energy levels 😉