Don’t you love the feeling of waking up fresh and radiant, jumping out of bed full of energy and ready to start the day? I don’t always feel this way, do you? Sometimes I feel the lack of energy and motivation in my body and that I can’t be bothered with anything.
Most of the time what causes my lack of energy is related to foods or drinks I had the previous day, and it is not a coincidence that I feel like this each time I have them.
I’m gluten intolerant. This means that each time I consume gluten, I feel more tired and get stomach cramps, and sometimes I experience itchy skin and even mood swings.
I stopped eating gluten a long time ago, and that has helped. It has helped boost my energy levels, but I still thought that every now and then it wouldn’t be harmful to eat a little tiny bit of that crispy homemade bread, hoping my body didn’t notice. I love pizza, so I said to myself, why not have a pizza only once a week, it cannot be that bad.
But my body seems to disagree. I simply cannot eat gluten. If I do, my body reacts negatively.
I’m not saying that gluten is bad for everyone, but there are certain body types like mine that don’t seem to like it very much.
How to overcome a lack of energy
Rather than focusing on what I can’t eat, I like focusing on what I can eat that will make me feel more energized.
That’s why I created a table with the 10 foods to include in your shopping list every week that will help you fight fatigue.
- Wild Salmon
Ways of preparing it:
Add it into boiling water for around 50 seconds so you don’t kill the enzymes. Toss it onto your salads with some dressing.
Add it into your smoothie every morning to start the day in the best way to enjoy kale. This is probably the vegetable that packs in the most nutritional benefits for your body.
Add them to your salads each time for a refreshing treat that is good for your skin, nails, and hair.
Give your skin a glow up with carrots daily by adding them to your salads or eating them as a snack.
On your porridge, pancakes, or in your smoothie, this fruit is full of collagen that will make you shine bright like a diamond.
You can go nuts with these little gems in each meal. These healthy fats are necessary to balance out your meal. Add a few in your salads or proteins when you cook them. Toasted nuts especially enhance your food’s flavour.
An apple a day takes the doctor away. Actually, it’s true. Enjoy an apple with your breakfast or as a snack. Add peanut butter to make it delicioso.
Garlic is magical. It has nutritional properties to support everything you can possibly imagine. Crush it onto your salads or make sauces with it for maximum benefits.
- WILD SALMON:
Enjoy it at least twice a week, as it is a great source of Omega 3. Bake it in the oven with some ginger and garlic, add some lemon together with a salad, and you’ll get all the benefits of this powerful fish.
Sardines are also a great source of Omega 3. Bake them with some salt and make a salad to accompany.
Make sure you eat these fabulous veggies as many times as you wish per week and the fish at least twice a week to enjoy the internal and external benefits.
If you combine these ingredients with exercise, you will feel a lot better in terms of energy.
And if you are like me and have any type of food intolerance, ALWAYS avoid having those foods that are not good for your body and cause you lack of energy. It could be gluten, it could be milk–everybody is different, just do what feels right for you and love yourself.
Love, Vanesa xx
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