“How do I get more energy?” I hear it ALL the time…
Truth is, I used to be the least energetic person, like ever. Just like so many others, I would hit the snooze at least three times before dragging myself out of bed, get to work and pound back a few black coffees, almost fall asleep in my afternoon meetings only to save myself with another mid-afternoon cuppa joe, skip the gym because I was too tired, then get home unable to fall asleep at a decent time. (Looking back now I was also completey addicted to caffeine and sugar, had no sense of managing my blood sugar and my adrenals were completely fried…)
This pattern isn’t unrealistic for many of us, and the truth is that it is really, really, really hard to get out of the low energy funk! Most of us know that if we ‘eat healthy and get more excercise’ that we will feel better. But, the truth is that it is hard to want to excercise when you have low energy…it’s a vicious little cycle keeping you from looking and feeling your best!
For me, getting rid of my chronic low energy was not something that happened overnight. It took a change in my lifestyle to get back to the point where I felt vibrant again. This is the case for many of us because unfortuately the problem of having low energy just doesn’t have a clean, simple fix. There are so many factors that play in to low energy including:
- Nutrient Deficiencies (low Iron and B12 are just a few common ones)
- Hormonal Imbalances
- Thyroid Issues
- Blood Sugar Imbalances
- Stress (physical and mental stress)
- Use of Drugs and Alcohol
- & Sleep Disorders
The good news is there are some things that we can change about our diet and lifestyle that can help you to get back to feeling vibrant and energized fairly quickly. You don’t need to overhaul your entire lifestyle in one fell swoop (I actually don’t recommend it), but you can choose one or two of the options that I have laid out for you below to get started…
(Sidenote: make sure that you read all the way to the bottom of this post to learn how to enter for your chance to win an amazing giveaway from Genuine Health!)
Energy Supporting Foods
Food is fuel! It is simple – when it comes to energy, quality in = quality out. To be blunt, STOP relying on bandaid solutions for your energy fix like too much coffee and sugar that will only leave you feeling drained after you crash. Instead, start filling the tank with REAL foods which contain the necessary vitamins, minerals and enzymes to keep the cells in your body performing optimally. My favorute energizing foods include the following:
- Good Quality Fats (coconut oil, olive oil, flax oil, organic butter)
- Fruits & Veggies (kale, spinach, romaine, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, apples & bananas)
- Whole Grains (brown rice, steel cut oats, quinoa, millet & buckwheat)
- Quality Protein Sources (organic meat, legumes, fish, nuts & seeds)
Don’t forget to cut the energy zapping processed foods (ahem, sugar!) and to ensure that you’re eating breakfast and regular meals throughout the day to balance your blood sugar. Drinking enough water to keep you hydrated is also tres important in keeping fatigue under wraps (even a 1.5% decrease in your water volume will make you feel extremely tired).
Energy Supporting Supplements – Genuine Health greens+ Extra Energy
As I mentioned above, low energy is a complex problem lacking a simple solution. It requires an approach that addresses not only giving you energy, but also must attack the root issues at hand. This product, Genuine Health greens+ Extra Energy just does that and here’s how it works…
(Disclaimer: If you don’t already know, I’m a little biased about the products that Genuine Health makes. I worked there for 2 years in the marketing department at the beginning of my career as a Nutritionist and saw first hand how the products are made and developed. One of the main things that sets them apart in the Natural Health industry is that they actually use the highest quality ingredients in their formulas in research proven dosages, meaning that not only are they safe, they actually work!)
Genuine Health greens+ Extra Energy gives a natural boost, without a crash.
As I mentioned above, colourful, natural, whole food based ingredients are crucial to help us meet our energy needs. Thankfully, since most of us have days where we don’t get enough in our own, this supplement makes it easy on us. Not only does one scoop (that can simply be added to your water or morning smoothie) contain the ingredients from real plants, it’s also got, energy boosting herbs, vitamins, amino acids and minerals that’ll keep you going strong all day!
I’ve included the ingredient breakdown showing you where all the goodness is actually coming from and why it’s beneficial…
- Kola Nut: To help meet immediate energy needs, Kola Nut provides a natural source of caffeine, rich in polyphenols and flavonoids offering sustained energy. Its got a good track record as a natural source of caffeine.
- Taurine: Another natural booster, it’s great for mental outlook and sharpness and known for increasing muscular energy and endurance.
- Glycine: An important, natural amino acid that plays an important role in maintaining blood sugar and energy levels.
- Gotu Kola: A high antioxidant Ayurvedic herb playing an important role in longevity and memory.
- Vitamin B6: An essential nutrient with a variety of uses within the body including helping with symptoms of insomnia, anxiety and depression.
- Vitamin C: A nutrient with extremely high requirement during stress. It helps to support adrenal function and in turn, overall hormonal balance.
- Chromium: An essential mineral that is important for proper insulin functioning and sugar metabolism which prevents sugar drops and spikes, thereby regulating your energy level over time.
The best part about this stuff is that when you take greens+ Extra Energy, you also get all of the goodness found in the regular greens+ formula. And I am talking, ALL the greens and antioxidants which as you know will keep you GLOWING!
This is a great supplement and one that I recommend to those who are feeling stressed, burnt out or simply low in energy. The best part is that it is so ridiculously simple to add in to our lifestyle. Simply swap out your coffee with a greens+ extra energy (mixed with water or in a smoothie). As I mentioned above, we don’t need to make a million massive changes at once to our health. In fact, in my experience as a nutritionist, I have seen that it tends to work best when we add in one thing at a time and allow ourselves the freedom and acceptance to get used to a habit before adding on the next one. I promise you, what you’ll find when you do it this way is that you end up feeling better which results in a desire to make more healthy changes! Sounds good, right?! It gets better though. I’ve partnered up with Genuine Health to offer a giveaway – see the details below.
If you’d like to WIN a 3 month supply of Genuine Health greens+ Extra Energy simply follow the instructions below.
Head over to the Giveaway post on my Instagram page @michellenutrition and let me know why you want to win a 3 month supply of greens+ Extra Energy.
Contestants must follow @michellenutrition and @genuinehealth to WIN. A random winner will be chosen and announced on Feb 29th on Instagram.
(P.S You can get greens+ Extra Energy at most health food stores as well as Shoppers Drug Mart & Loblaws. They also have a store locator here if you want to find a specific location).