I love this vampire gurl!
As we’ve established I’ve jettisoned the java.
As we’ve also established, I did it only because my machine broke (pour some grounds out for our fallen homie) and I realized even without my morning jolt I wasn’t appreciably more tired.
I was just tiredtired.
It seems we’re all tired tired.
A National Sleep Foundation survey found over 63% percent of Americans aren’t getting the slumber they need and are leading groggy, tired lives.
I can’t help you locate that elusive extra hour of slumber, but I do have ideas how we can fight the energy-vampires around us and win.
I can’t afford to be drained of energy.
As a result, I’m committing to 5 healthy habits to beat back vampires & amp up energy through the rest of 2016.
- Make your coven eat breakfast! We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Studies reveal many of us don’t put this theory into practice. Research also indicates breakfast does more than spark metabolism! It’s linked with lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Stress is an energy vampire (and heart attack trigger)! Make it fast. Make it simple. Make breakfast part of your morning routine & set your day up for energy-success.
- Hydrate (insert awkward NOT with blood joke) With cooler weather it’s easy to forget about hydration The majority of our blood, however, is made up of water and dehydration causes it to thicken. The result is the heart works harder to pump blood through the body & we feel fatigued. There’s still debate as to HOW MUCH water we need. I go with the fact *most of us* need more than we’re getting. Carla tip: If you don’t rock the water try adding in water-containing foods (yogurt, watermelon, oranges, cucumbers and broccoli etc).
- Cut back on (afternoon) caffeine While it may
cause you to openly weepfeel counter-intuitive to *skip* your pick-me-up there’s science behind this. An afternoon latte provides energy for a few hours. The vampire, however, arrives at night. Caffeine remains in the body for 3-5 hours after ingesting and, if you’re sensitive, for up to 12. Even if you don’t experience difficulty falling asleep the quality of rest can be vampiredimpacted by late day caffeine. Carla tip: Almost all decaf. coffee contains a measure of caffeine. Perhaps swap even decaf. for my fave drink which rhymes with enjoy?
- BREATHE!!! Lately Ive noticed I’m “shallow breathing.” My lungs don’t fully inflate (so I yawn & feel worse) & my poor overworked cranium never gets the oxygen it needs to feel awake & alive. In an effort to keep the energy snatchers at bay I now set smart phone reminders to BREATHE. Once an hour I pause and take 10 slow, deep, FULL breaths. My breathing-breaks are brief—but the impact on my energy level lingers. Try it. I, too, was a skeptic.
- Drive a STAKE through sugar (just in case you’re not on my low processed no sugar bandwagon) Sugar is one of the biggest energy vampires around. Not ready to surrender the sweets? Perhaps include fiber with sugary snacks. It sounds odd but fiber slows rate of sugar entry into bloodstream. Something as simple as whole grain crackers with your chocolate can lessen energy dips & is like SILVER to energy-stealing vampires. Wanna resemble our family? ROLL THAT FUN SIZED SNICKERS IN SOME CHIA. It’s tastier than it sounds…
- Are you game to EAT (breakfast) DRINK (lottsa H20) BREATHE & be LOW-SUGAR-merry as we finish out the year?
- Have you already succeeded in beating away
bloodenergy suckers & forcing em into the Veil of the Shadows?