Do you feel tired when you wake up on a morning?
Are you desperate for caffeine by mid-morning?
Does your energy take a nosedive in the afternoon?
If you’re experiencing those feelings above, one (or more) of these four issues could be affecting your energy levels…
1. Nutrient deficiency
A poor diet, deficient in key nutrients like magnesium and B vitamins can lead to fatigue, as your cells don’t have the necessary vitamins and minerals to produce cellular energy.
2. Sugar overload
Eating too much sugar and refined carbohydrates (bread, pasta, pizza, cakes and cereals) triggers your blood sugar levels to spike rapidly.
Even though that will give you a quick energy boost, your blood sugars will soon come crashing down, leaving you feeling tired again.
3. Excess caffeine
Caffeine overstimulates the adrenal glands and puts the body into a stress response.
It can also cause insulin resistance, which means your body can’t get fuel (glucose) into your cells, resulting in fatigue.
Insufficient water prevents your cells from working efficiently.
Seventy per cent of the body is made up of water, and you need to constantly replace fluids lost throughout the day. Aim for a minimum of two litres of water each day.
If you’re feeling low on energy try these four simple lifestyle tweaks:
Most of us use the Easter holidays to spend time with friends and family, socialising, having fun and eating chocolate.
Four days of indulgent eating over Easter isn't going to do too much damage to your health or fitness - as long as you get straight back on track asap.
To help you, I've listed 5 of my best tips for getting back on the wagon after Easter:
It’s really important to encourage kids to help out in the kitchen. It teaches them lots of important skills from a young age, and the Easter holidays is a perfect time to get in the kitchen and have some fun.
I don’t mean putting some frozen chips and turkey dinosaurs in the oven though. I'm talking about cooking with healthy, fresh ingredients to make nutritious meals or snacks.
The habits they pick up now will stay with them for the rest of their lives, so building their confidence in the kitchen is one of the best things you can do as a parent.
My kids, Max and Jessica love helping out. I always promote fresh, nutritious foods when we cook together so they get used to eating healthy. They now make healthy choices on their own; I don't have to disguise veggies or battle with them to eat healthy foods.
Teaching your children about healthy eating isn't the only benefit of getting them in the kitchen though. Here are some other benefits too:
I love Easter time, there's lots of fun to be had. Easter egg hunts, crafts, baking, chocolate eggs, hot cross buns. It's always an action-packed couple of weeks with the kids.
But diet wise, it's a time of year that I dread!
I've just about got back into shape after Christmas and now I've got to deal with all of the temptations of Easter.
For weeks, supermarkets have been tempting us with their Easter aisles filled with chocolates, sweets and hot cross buns. They are so clever with their marketing and positioning that it almost feels like they are being forced upon us.
But, you don't have to give in. Easter can be a heathy time of year, without sacrificing fun.
Here are my tips for a healthy Easter: