Energizer Summer!, Part 3
“I have no energy”, “I feel tired all the time or “I fade by 3:00” …these are all common complaints I hear from clients in my practice. Lack of energy can be connected to many imbalances in the body. Sometimes we might need to consult a health professional but often there are simple lifestyle changes that we can make to revive our energy. This week’s newsletter is part of a refresher series of 7 basics of how to improve your energy to enjoy your summer.
#3: Lack of movement
There’s a paradox here in our strategy to improve energy. How often do we say, “I am too tired to exercise but if I don’t exercise I will be tired”? There are times when rest and taking it easy is the best choice but our chronic sedentary lifestyle is the very thing that makes us sick and tired. Our bodies were not designed to sit in chairs, cars and couches most of our day. Our internal body is always moving from our cardiovascular system to our digestion and beyond. Things keep moving inside of us to keep us going and to renew our cells and body. When we move our bodies through exercise, we support that process as well as increase circulation and oxygen flow. According to Jordan Metzl, a sports-medicine physician at New York City’s Hospital for Special Surgery and author of The Exercise Cure,”Exercise is the best preventive drug we have, and everybody needs to take that medicine.”
SIMPLY easy tip:
Walking is the simplest way to start moving. Start with short sessions of movement like 15 minutes or map out a 1 mile walk and commit to it every day. Once we start moving, we get inspired to do more.
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Paleo Energy Bites
YIELD: 12 energy bites
1 cup unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup chopped dates
1/3 cup almond butter
3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional, for more sweetness)
1/4 cup sugar-free chocolate chips (see notes below)
Toast coconut and almond meal: Place coconut in a dry frying pan. Turn on heat to medium and stir coconut until it begins to turn golden brown. Remove from pan and allow to cool. Repeat process with almond meal. Be sure to stir constantly to ensure even toasting and to avoid burning.
Place cooled coconut and almond meal in a mixing bowl.
Place chopped dates, almond butter, melted coconut oil, and optional maple syrup in a food processor. Process until smooth. Add more coconut oil if the consistency is too dry (and if you skipped the maple syrup).
Pour liquid into the coconut/almond mixture. Stir to combine. Add salt and chocolate chips.
Take about 2 teaspoons of the mixture and roll into a ball. When complete, store in the fridge.
Optional: sugar-free stevia-sweetened chocolate chips. Another option, chop up an unsweetened baking chocolate bar or a very dark chocolate (at least 72% cacao) candy bar. Store these in the fridge. They get a bit soft at room temperature