Do you wake up feeling groggy, lethargic, like you could sleep for another couple of hours? Do you feel fatigued on a regular basis? Are you someone who can’t go an entire day without at least one cup of coffee, often having more caffeine or sugar when the afternoon slump hits? Have you ever imagined what your life would look like if you had limitless energy? All the things you could do, the countless hours you could spend doing your life’s work, spending time with the people that matter most?
Lacking energy does not have to be a way of life for you- it is possible to wake up energized, feel excited about the day and your life, and continue to have energy throughout the day without caffeine. Yes, I said without caffeine! It is possible to not need caffeine – enjoying a cup of coffee or some tea can be wonderful for some and I’m not saying that caffeine is the enemy. What I am saying is that it is very possible for you to not need it.
Ready? Here we go…The tough love approach…
1. Look at your sugar intake! This is #1 for a reason and you’re probably consuming more than you think. Everything you put into your body affects your cells’ functioning and the way your body feels. How much sugar are you consuming every day? The daily US average for sugar consumption is up around 1/3 of a pound of sugar every day! Dr Robert Lustig at UCSF recommends a maximum of 100 calories from sugar a day (25 grams) for women and no more than 150 for men (about 37 grams). That’s less than the amount of sugar in a can of soda for women and just over that for men. Maximum! Per day. Are you looking at the labels of what you’re eating? Don’t bury your head in the sand thinking that if you just don’t know how much sugar is in it, it won’t hurt you. If you struggle with sugar and other cravings, we need to work together- I’ can help you understand and conquer your sugar cravings.
2. Are you eating enough whole foods? By whole I mean unfragmented – you’re eating them almost the same way they came out of the ground. For example, white rice is brown rice with all the fiber and phyonutrients taken out. Your body knows the difference. Skim milk is a fragmented form of whole, raw milk. Are you eating a plant-based diet? How many types of refined flours are you consuming?
Your diet is crucial for fueling you. When you think food, think of it as fuel and medicine and the key to life-long vitality.
Check back in the next couple of days for parts 2-5. Let these steps sink in for a day or two. Don’t try to do the whole list at once. I help my clients take their health goals one step at a time so that they can seamlessly integrate better habits over the long run. This isn’t a sprint-it’s a marathon and we take baby steps around here to create lasting lifestyle change!
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Jenna Pacelli is a Holistic Health Coach studying at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She coaches yoga practitioners and techies in the San Francisco Bay Area and all over the world struggling with energy levels, stress reduction and weight management. With a focus on aligning their lives with their values, her clients create lasting change and fully embodied health and wellbeing.
Jenna believes that by creating health and wellness at the physical, emotional and mental levels, it is inevitable that joy and a deep understanding of one’s purpose follow.