“Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel”
– Kevin Trudeau
4 Factors to Look at to Avoid the Energy Dips during the Day
Did you know it’s not normal to have that mid-morning or an afternoon energy crash (or in many cases, BOTH) – you know the feeling where you get really sleepy and your eyes can barely stay opened in meetings? Or you have a need for a chocolate bar or a caffeine fix?
These issues can be rectified. Below are a few things to look out for and some simple solutions to get your energy levels back up.
 Your Eating Style | Look at what you’re eating. Especially for breakfast. If it’s high in carbohydrates and sugars (for example, sugar-laden cereals or toast on cheap bread), switch it up for protein rich foods such as eggs & chicken with some veggies. It will keep you feeling fuller for longer and you won’t get that dip that happens when you eat simple carbs.
For lunch, it is also best to lay off the carbohydrates as well – you know, the pasta, bread roll, noodles, rice… You’ll want to crawl under your desk and have a snooze. Trust me, I’ve seen it happen on plenty of occasions. And have experienced myself too 😛
So what’s the best thing to eat? Protein and Fat… good fats! In my past life, I used to bring in grassfed organic steak with broccoli to work. Or I’d bring salmon and kale. Extremely satisfied and no sleepiness in the afternoon! And afternoon jitters or shakes – a thing of the past.
 Coffee | Do you drink coffee? Yes? How many coffees are you having a day? If it’s more than one coffee everyday, you might want to reduce your intake. It is a stimulant and a drug after all.
Caffeine is known to wreak havoc with our bodies, giving it an artificial high. When you drink coffee, it sets up your body for a series of highs and lows which results in your body crashing at the point of exhaustion (and can lead to many other issues like adrenal fatigue!). Caffeine also stresses the body out by giving it a false sense of constant alertness. This leads to fatigue (again), anxiety, mood swings, sleep disturbance, irritability and depression.
Therefore, if you want more energy and to generally feel better – reduce the caffeine. (I didn’t say cut it out completely) then eventually quit (especially if your issues are severe).
What to drink instead? Refer to my blog post… Going 14 days without drinking coffee 🙂
 Activity Level | Do you exercise regularly? It’s extremely important to move your body regularly. It will keep you awake. If you feel sleepy at work, go for a walk around the block. Or if you don’t want to leave your desk, at least get up and do some stretches and some jumping jacks to get the blood flowing.
 Sleep | What’s your sleep like? Do you fall asleep easily? Do you sleep at least 7 hours a night? Do you wake up during the night? If your answers are NO, NO & YES for the last 3 questions, then we need to look at why.
- Too much coffee and drinking coffee during the afternoon; you will not be able to fall asleep easily.
- Exercising too late at night; this is another reason why you will not be able to fall asleep.
- Using your computer at night; the blue light from the computer suppresses the sleep hormone, called Melatonin. It’s the hormone that helps you sleep and if you are using the computer at night, and then try to sleep but can’t, it’s because the melatonin has diminished. If you must use the computer at night, you can download an app called f.lux – it will dim your screen to an orangey colour at night. It is awesome!
The above three points affect your ability and the quality of sleep. We want good quality sleep – if we have good quality sleep, it means that we won’t feel tired during the day. And to be honest, who gets good quality sleep these days? I’m still working on it, that’s for sure (I’m not perfect!).
The 4 factors mentioned are not the only factors but they are important ones that should be addressed right away. Others would include stress levels, if you drink enough water, toxin exposure – the list is actually pretty long! 😛
What if I am eating well and exercising but I’m still tired and don’t feel right?
You may want to see a naturopath or a traditional chinese medicine (TCM) practitioner. Why? Because you could have Adrenal Fatigue – this is not recognised by mainstream / conventional medicine. Doctors will look at you like “what the hell are you going on about?” way if you ask them about this. They only diagnosis Addison’s Disease – basically adrenal fatigue at it’s worst. Another diagnosis they might make is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Adrenal Fatigue is quite common in today’s day and age, due to the fast-paced way we live and all the fake, processed food available at an arm’s reach. This issue can be addressed by the naturopath / TCM practitioner. Supplements will be prescribed as well as guess what… CHANGE TO LIFESTYLE and WHAT YOU PUT IN YOUR MOUTH!!! That’s right, folks. It all comes down to what you ingest, your environment, stress levels and just life in general.
Other factors that need to be considered is hormone health – again, naturopath / TCM practitioner can assist with this.
- Naturopath – Kylie Robshaw @ Wellness Perth Natural Medicine
- TCM Doctor – Amy O’Brien @ Fabulous Health
Out and over for now…
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