You guys really really like non-crazy diet ideas. I’ve got one more up my sleeve!
When I was in college, I started to notice that I felt really tired all the time no matter how much sleep I got. I slept more and more, always getting a full 8 hours and napping during the day, but I never seemed to feel fully awake! Thanks to advice from all my girl friends, I realized that this fatigue was not really a sleep-related problem*, and that there were lots of ways to feel more awake and alert WITHOUT reaching for a coke or a coffee.
Eat snacks/small meals throughout the day
Part of the reason you may be feeling fatigued is that your blood sugar levels are low. Help maintain an unwavering blood sugar level by eating small snacks/meals throughout the day! And remember that just because we’re talking about blood sugar, that means that I want you to eat sugar. Remember that sugar can send your hormones into overdrive, and you don’t want that!
Things like nuts, snack bars, fruit, and other healthy muchables can keep your body in balance, which will give you less extreme highs and lows.
Take Your Vitamins!
Starting your day with a simple multivitamin supplement can make a huge difference in your energy levels. We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day – so if your energy levels are low and you’re not eating a good breakfast, then get out.
Supercharge your breakfast with a multivitamin and you’ll be ready to take on the world! And ladies, getting a special women’s multivitamin can make a world of difference if you’re struggling with fatigue. Special formulas designed for women will fight hormone-related fatigue like nothing else. Men – do you find that taking a men’s multivitamin makes a difference in your energy levels? Let us know in the comments!
Move it move it!
This one is probably the one you’re going to want to do the least, but that your body needs the most. Sometimes the reason you feel half-asleep all the time is that you aren’t moving enough. If you’re in school or you have a desk job, odds are you spend a lot of time sitting. Getting up and stretching isn’t enough to keep your body functioning well!
My wonder-cousin dietician lady has another great nugget of wisdom for this situation as well: park far away from the office. Or store. Or wherever you go. If you go somewhere where there’s a parking lot (and it’s reasonably safe) ((and it isn’t nighttime)) then park way out there. Those extra steps will get your blood flowing and help you feel more awake and alert! If possible, take stairs instead of an elevator – especially if you’re only going up 2 or 3 stories. Feel winded when you finish a staircase? Yeah – that means you need to do it more.
And if you have an iPhone and you got the last update, you have that fancy new app that counts your steps. If you keep your phone in your pocket, start checking out your step count for each day – see where you can add in more! My husband loves this because it’s kind of like a video game. The charts and visual tracking make him want to walk the long way and take the stairs in the same way that a good addicting video game has you staying up all night to get to the next level.
And voila! Three simple changes to help you get that bright-eyed bushy-tailed feeling you hear so much about. Remember that some illnesses cause fatigue that cannot be fought by such simple methods, but also keep in mind that small changes may still help a small amount. While we’re on the subject, remember that I’m not a doctor and I can’t guarantee any kind of cure for fatigue, hormones, or endometriosis.
These are just a few small ways you can better your health, your life, and yourself.
Do you have some simple, non-crazy diet/lifestyle tips? Share them in the comments below! Don’t keep it a secret, now. I told you mine for free and everything. 😉
*sleeping more/napping to fight fatigue will usually make you sleepier. Heads up!