I’ve included a step by step guide below on how to achieve this… but please! Before you scroll down - indulge me some more for just a few more paragraphs ;)
I want to try and give you some context on how I think this whole ‘energy shortage’ thing comes about > why are we collectively all of a sudden so low on gas?
As I mentioned everyone I speak to professionally wants more energy. That’s a big part of the reason why they are speaking to me in the first place. Because they don’t feel great, they feel flat!
You might even be feeling the same way right now…?
At the very least I think most people grapple with the below questions often:
“Why am I so exhausted all the time?”
“Does everyone feel like this or is it just me?”
“If I had more energy then I’d be able to (fill in the blank..)”
or perhaps the most troubling one:
“Should I feel A LOT Better than what I do right now?”
That’s the one that doesn’t sit well. Thinking your sitting on the bottom left of the bell curve when it comes to how you feel and function is not exactly optimal or ideal is it?
So it’s key that we address this because you’re overall robustness and energy levels have an ENORMOUS impact on your ability to enjoy your life.
If you don’t have much get up and go – you’re not going to maximise your life. I think that’s a pretty fair statement.
The thing with being low on gas and not feel “optimal” is that it permeates into areas of our lives that we don’t realise… and I’ll give you a good example of what I mean by this:
Most people perceive themselves to “not have enough time” for anything. As in they would like to do more but cannot seem to manage their minutes and seconds well enough…
This is the way everyone sees their life (it’s not just you believe it or not) ;)
However, despite how common this time restraint story we tell ourselves is – I think there is another way of looking at it…
I believe that you DO have enough time in your day to do everything –
what you DON’T have is enough energy to get everything done
So you have the time – you just don’t have the energy.
Interesting to frame it like that isn’t it.
Everyone has the same amount of hours in the their day > it just seems like some people can manage to get more done than others.
So on that basis alone it has to be an energy balance as apposed to a time balance (imo)…?
How do we foster more Energy for ourselves…?
Lets talk about how we get more fuel then > how to we top the tank up and run on renewables…
Before I do that though I think it’s important that we look at what we mean when we say “have more energy” – I think it’s easy to assume more energy (in terms of the body) is the feeling we get after gulping down 2 x cans of redbull.
It’s important that we don’t view having more energy in this context. We’re not chasing the dragon here – what we’re chasing is a different feeling to that.
So we’re not chasing ‘stimulant’ style energy we’re actually after a feeling that’s a little more subtle and less dramatic… so put that 750Ml can of Monster down ;)
Having more energy (I believe) is about mental energy. Mental clarity that is sustained throughout the day without any peaks and troughs.
A big part of the reason that we have no energy – or we perceive that we don’t have enough is down to our constant intake of carbs with each meals. More specifically constant elevation of blood sugar.
The Blood Sugar Rollercoaster
Most people are on this blood sugar roller coaster all day. Blood sugar goes up and then drops down and then goes up again and it’s this undulation which drives 2 key things which you’re probably not aware of:
1. Chronic Lethargy
2. Chronic Hunger
Yes – that’s right… Carbs cause both of these issues.
That thing we were told as kids to eat that will give us ALLLLLL this sustainable energy throughout our busy day is actually the very thing that is driving our constant state of low battery mode.
It all comes back to our blood sugar loop di loop
In the words of Run DMC “And it goes a little something like this…”
You eat a high carb breakfast and blood sugar goes through the roof and you feel really full and satisfied initially.
Then about an hour later blood sugar starts to fall… it hits a low point again around 2-2.5 hours later which is when you want to murder a gluten free muffin with your 2nd coffee for the morning.
Even if you resist the muffin you’ll be contemplating chewing your arm off as you dream about a dense, ‘filling’ lunch like sushi with a bowl of rice or stir fry or a focaccia, or poke bowl… or pho.
Once we have that second meal – blood sugar goes up… and you know how it goes from here don’t you.
That’s why you feel flat as a pancake (mmmmm… pancakes) and you want a bliss ball or 2 x bananas or half a block of chocolate mid afternoon
That’s why when you get home you smash half a tray of crackers with hummus.
To your credit though (aside from the occasional UberEats) dinner is generally pretty good because you’ve “offset” the protein and two veggies with the crackers (carbs).
Oh and before I forget that’s also why you feel like ice-cream around 1.5 hours post dinner in front of the TV.
Sound familiar..? Ha ha
That roller coaster effect is the reason you have no energy.
It’s also the reason you are constantly STARVING.
It’s the reason you think you have a “sweet tooth”.
So what’s the solution then??
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