I hope you’re feeling more alert than I am this morning.
It’s not like I’ve got a lot going on nowadays. I don’t have a full-time desk job anymore. I create my own schedule and get paid to teach kickboxing classes. And I don’t drink, so I can’t use the hungover excuse.
What can I say? Today, I’m just tired.
Some days I get like this – emotionally and physically drained. My eyes droop and my mind wanders easily. And even though I no longer have an office to get to, I’ve still got a to-do list that needs to get done.
- Errands [bills/paperwork/Ace Hardware]
- Plant more veg + herbs [dill/cilantro/kale]
- Make jewelry for the shop
- Create new TurboKick mix
- Teach TurboKick [2.30pm]
- Create healthy energy bars for Mr. Ben (something he can grab on the go)
So, my plan of attack on low-energy days like this?
1. Drink lots of water.
Ben + I quit our caffeine addiction during our senior year of college and I’ve always considered myself lucky to have a hatred for anything with carbonation involved [blech!]. With that said, I’ve grown fond of water over the years. It’s pretty much the only liquid I drink – aside from almond milk, tea and coconut water – and I average about 4 liters every day [I start with two cups of tea or hot water with lemon first thing in the morning, and continue on from there – making sure to have another warm drink no later than 6pm (otherwise I’m up all night peeing)].
Our bodies are made up of mostly water, so it makes sense that a lack of water = stagnation. By keeping myself hydrated, I keep all my functions working properly and actually feel more energetic!
2. Move first thing in the morning.
Although it’s hard to think about moving at all when I’m this tired, I know that I get the greatest kickstart to a good day by moving as soon as possible. My blood starts pumping and suddenly my brain is less foggy and my energy is up.
Today, I’ll be doing a couple of yoga podcasts from yogadownload.com.
3. Don’t forget my supplements.
I’ve told you about the vitamins and supplements I take, and I also explained that I’m not the greatest at remembering to take them.
I’ll be sure to get in my B-12 [for energy], fish oil, and spirulina this morning!
4. Fuel right.
While supplements are great, they’re just that: supplemental nutrition in addition to a healthy and balanced diet. On low-energy days like today, I make sure to get in as many vegetables as possible – and I’ll focus on getting my good carbohydrates, as well.
I’ll definitely be stashing some trail mix in my bag today for a quick and healthy energy boost before teaching an intense cardio kickboxing class. And I don’t mean the store-bought-loaded-with-sugar-and-salt kind.
Superfood Trail Mix
Light on the Sugar + Salt
1 c almonds
1/4 c sunflower seeds
1/4 c pumpkin seeds
1/4 c goji berries
2 Tbsp cacao nibs
*note: you can leave everything raw or roast the nuts + seeds as shown in this recipe.
It always surprises me that so many people purchase packaged trail mixes because they’re super quick + simple to make – you just gather your ingredients and mix them in a bag. By getting the ingredients from the bulk section, you get to control the amount of sugar, salt, and fat. Plus, you pay less and get more.
For me, it’s especially important to make my own trail mix because I can’t handle the amount of sugar in dried fruit. The few types of dried fruit I can eat are goji berries [which is perfect because it’s filled with Vitamins like A+C, trace minerals, and iron!] and small amounts of papaya (I have to double-check because they often put sugar on the spears before drying them). Lots of trail mixes these days include chocolate or fake-yogurt chips. [My thoughts on that: That’s dessert. No one should be eating those trail mixes for nutrition unless they’re doing multiple-day treks and need an insane amount of calories.]
But I digress…
If you’re roasting your nuts/seeds, preheat your oven to 450 degrees and roast the almonds separately [because they’re larger]. Almonds will take anywhere from 10-12 minutes, while the sunflower/pumpkin seeds will take around 5-7 minutes. They burn easily, so watch closely!
Let them cool for an hour or two – you’ll want to do this, as the nuts + seeds gain their crunch during this time.
Toss everything in a container and mix away!
Enjoy! Makes 7 1/4c servings. [Remember, while a serving here is small, it’s packed with nutrients, so don’t go overboard with the bag – it’s really good and I already know that you’ll want to. Take a serving and then step away from the container. ]
Nutrition Facts [about one-fourth cup]
Calories 177 • Fat 12g • Sodium 24mg • Carbs 10g • Fiber 4g • Sugar 3g • Protein 7g
[of daily recommended: 31% Manganese / 20% Vit A / 38% Vit E / 16% Copper / 9% Iron / 17% Magnesium / 8% Zinc]
I’m off to get started on those podcasts!
What do you do when you need a pick-me-up?
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