Hands up if you’re feeling tired all the time? (Puts both hands *high* up). Turns out, you’re not alone.
More and more people today are suffering from the effects of burnout. Between working, studying, socialising, exercising and just trying to balance it all as best we can—it’s no wonder we’re feeling like we could do with a bit more sleep.
But before you go reaching for your next caffeine hit, if you are experiencing extreme levels of fatigue, as always, we suggest speaking to your healthcare professional to rule out any underlying issues.
If everything is clear and all you need to do is make a few lifestyle changes, naturopath and nutritionist Jess Blair suggests incorporating the following foods into your diet which can help you feel more energised, focused and productive.
Grains are full of an array of vitamins and minerals, and sprouted grains (those which have been left to germinate) are filled with nutritious goodness, and energy boosters! Vitamins such as B complex and C are readily available in sprouted grains, resulting in easily absorbed nutrients and energy!
A great source of dietary fats, that keep us full for longer! As well as good fats, avocados are full of nutrients, including protein which also helps with sustained energy. Adding avocado into your breakfast, lunch or dinner (or all three) can help energy slumps!
A great source of potassium as well as carbohydrates which fuels us for energy for a workout! Filled with vitamins, minerals and fibre you cannot go past a banana for those times
where you need an extra pick me up!
Salmon and other fatty fish are rich in Omega 3’s. Eating fatty fish helps with inflammation, and inflammation can cause fatigue. SO eating fish a few times a week can help with lowering cardiovascular disease, help with healthy skin, healthy brain and a a great energy source!
Trial mix of nuts and seeds are filled with good fats and proteins and are such a good choice for an energy-dense snack! Nuts and seeds have many health benefits including great for skin health, heart health and giving you a burst of energy where needed.
Say no more! Dark chocolate contains theobromine. Theobromine gives you a good boost of energy without the crash that caffeine-filled counterparts can. It’s gentle and gives you an energy that is sustained.
Poached, fried, sunny side up. However you like your eggs, these little guys are packed full of goodness! Think protein and B vitamins to give you a steady source of energy all day!
Jess Blair is a naturopath, nutritionist and currently studying post grad in health promotion. She is also a mum of two young boys. Her health philosophy is about educating, and helping as many people as she can. She spends her spare time writing and loves doing public speaking. Follow her on @wellnessbyblair.