Newsletter Vol 33 Feb 2016, Stratford Upon Avon

 

Charlotte had just turned 40, and despite being as 'fit' as she had ever been, regularly doing classes at the gym, she was constantly tired - physically AND mentally tired too.  

 

So tired in fact, that she often found herself falling asleep on the sofa in the middle of the day.

 

 

If you're like Charlotte, Zig Zag you will instinctively reach for caffeine or a sugary snack to provide a quick energy boost.

 

Unfortunately, this instant energy comes from a blood sugar spike that is quickly followed by an insulin spike.

 

This leads to a quick drop in blood sugar, which leaves you feeling foggy and sluggish... 

 

And worse than you did before! 

 

But... your brain says to you "When I had that caffeine/chocolate, I DID feel good for a little while..."

 

So, you reach for another snack, or another coffee and this vicious circle continues.

 

Charlotte had also noticed that the despite being 'fit', the more time went on with her feeling tired all the time, the more weight she put on as well...

 

When I first met her, she burst into tears and told me how unhappy she was, finding everything so hard.

 

All she wanted was her energy levels back.  

 

So, we put together a plan for her - both exercise and nutrition.

 

The plan was eating A LOT more.... a lot more of the RIGHT FOODS.  

 

Does RIGHT mean boring? Charlotte doesn’t think so. She’s loving her new way of eating…..and her energy levels? Within 2 weeks she was feeling great and no need for any more mid afternoon naps.

 

 

Next time you're flagging, put down the coffee or energy drink, step away from the biscuits, and pick up one of these foods - for a alternative way to get a healthy, natural energy boost.

Top Ten Energy Foods

 

 

  1. Water

 

Your brain is 80% water.  And about 80% of us don't drink enough water.

 

When your brain is dehydrated (even just a little bit) you don't think or feel right.  

 

There are loads of calculations on how much to drink based on weight and BMI, but just shoot for 2litres (3 litres if you exercising), you won't go far wrong. 

 

They say a human could last 12 days without food, but only 2-3 days without water...

 

 

  1. Salmon

 

It's well know as a 'brain food'. It's high in Omega 3 fatty acids, which have been found to improve memory and boost energy levels.  It's also loaded with protein and vitamin B6 which help your body convert the food you eat to energy. And all that GOOD fat helps you BURN more fat at rest!

 

 

  1. Avocados

 

These are a brilliant energy booster, rich in brain healthy fats. They contain Vitamin B, which naturally increases your energy levels.  You can add these to your omelette in the morning and salad at lunchtime...

 

 

  1. Eggs

 

One of the few foods considered a complete protein, they contain all nine essential amino acids that the body cannot produce on it's own.  Eggs are full of vitamins needed for your body to produce energy.

 

 

  1. Berries

 

The antioxidant benefits provided by berries are great for brain health. 

 

 

I'll tell you the final five tomorrow.

 

For now though, 2-3 litres of water a day... how much do you reckon you have had today?

 

Go and drink a glass of water NOW.  

 

Maybe two.

 

See if you get these first five into your food tomorrow, and then I will tell you the rest.

 

Oh, and as for Charlotte...

 

Part of her new nutritional guidelines included CHOCOLATE.  Yes, really!

 

I'll tell you more about that tomorrow as well...

 

 

Allison x

 

 

PS Are you waiting for a bullet proof weight loss plan and the perfect time to implement it? Or are you ready to #LeanIntoReal and find your own imperfect FOREVER solution that fits in with your life NOW? 

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Be You...but even better. 

 

 

 

 

 

Allison Harding,Fitness & Motivation Coach

 

www.zigzagpt.co.uk

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