Due to an awesome night’s sleep, I was up and bouncing around by 7:30 this morning and itching for some exercise. The weather looked nice and refreshing so I decided to head out with the pupper for a nice rulk (run + walk). I’ve missed having someone trotting right by my side. I’m going to enjoy this as much as I can while I’m home.
Lately I have been feeling FULL of energy, healthy, strong, and my sleep has never been better. I thought I would highlight a couple things that have made a big difference for me. First off, It has taken me a long to find out what works and what doesn’t work for my body. Over the last couple of years especially, with my growing interest in health and wellness and decision to pursue a dietetics degree, I have tried a number of things in regards to my health. This includes what I eat/drink, how much I eat, supplements, vitamins, workouts- types, duration, intensity, etc.
What has really stood out to me throughout this process is that every body is unique. Meaning what works for one person won’t necessarily work for another. All you can do is educate yourself as much as possible, try things out for yourself, assess, and keep experimenting until you hit that “sweet spot.” I feel that I have become very in tune with knowing what I need in order to thrive and feel my best and while I am (and always will be) a work in progress, I can say that I’m pretty happy with where I’m at right now. That is a great feeling!
1) One major change that I made almost a month ago was cutting out coffee/high caffeine.
The coveted k-cup drawer
You all know how much I love my coffee, especially with my beloved Keurig machine so this was not an easy decision to make. However, my sleep schedule had been completely out of whack for a long time and after trying numerous remedies and continuing to restlessly toss and turn throughout the night, I knew I needed to take a closer look at what I was putting into my body. Instead of trying to mask my problem with sleeping pills, I needed to find out what was causing the problem in the first place. So I did a little experiment, coming to find out that i did in fact sleep like a baby when I didn’t have any coffee. It didn’t matter if it was just one cup at 7 a.m. in the morning. I still could not sleep.
So I swapped out coffee for green tea, which does have a small caffeine content, but I seem to be just fine with it.
My experimenting proved that I am very caffeine sensitive. I have been all this time and didn’t even know it! At first I was upset because I love love love my coffee! But then I realized what I’m getting in exchange for it. —>sleep, sanity, energy, restoration. I don’t know about you, but I would much rather have the latter. Plus, green tea and decaf coffee are still a-okay with me, so I’m really not giving up anything when I look at it that way.
Obviously many people drink coffee and sleep perfectly fine, so again, the key here was finding out what worked for my body. Instead of examining what every one is doing, I examined what I was doing and found the answer to my problem!
2) I have also added a supplement for Adrenal Support
Adrenal Fatigue is a collection of signs and symptoms that results when the adrenal gland function below necessary levels. This can be caused by periods of high stress on the body and/or mind. Intense exercise can definitely play a role in this. Coffee/caffeine also stress the adrenal glands.
Being in school, I carry a pretty darn stressful load. And I participate in intense exericse. And my caffeine consumption (was) high. So it was a no brainer that I needed to give my adrenals some loving. Adrenal support supplements are relatively inexpensive and can make a huge difference in your energy levels. I buy NatraBio Adrenal Support from allstarhealth.com, but there are many good ones out there.
Check out these two links for more adrenal info. Yours could be suffering and you just haven’t realized it! Definitely worth a read:
So those are two new things that I have found to be very helpful in my journey of health and I’m just plain feeling good! Mostly now I’m just focusing on the fundamentals: eat well, drink lots of water, exercise smart, and get sufficient sleep! It’s really that simple. That’s a big takeaway for me: just simplify things. I don’t need to take 30 different supplements a day and eat some kind of miracle ingredient to feel good and healthy. I just need to focus on the basics and everything will fall into place.
Obviously you know good fuel is very important for a thriving body, so how about a few eats?
breakfast dough bowl- cottage cheese, greek yogurt, oats, blueberries, stevia, cinnamon, peanut butter
fresh fruit cantaloupe!!!
ekeziel tortilla with mashed avocado, turkey, and sprouts. raw crunch veggies.
mexican fiesta bake with mixed veggies
coconut oil sauteed veggies, baked yellow sweet potato, san seared salmon.
greek yogurt + vanilla casein + chia seeds + almond milk ice cream (put in the freezer for an hour) and topped with dark chocolate and almond butter
See ya later!