Energizer Summer!, Part 6
“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.
#6. Underlying Health Challenges: If you are doing a pretty good job of getting enough sun, moving your body, sleeping well, balancing your blood sugar and drinking water you might be feeling energized and moving through your day with ease. If not, you might need some extra support. Health issues require the body to use extra nutrients and need more energy to keep things going. Imbalances like allergies (including environmental, seasonal and food), diabetes, obesity, viruses, cardiac and thyroid are among the most common to impact energy levels. In general, however, most health challenges can deplete our energy. Stress from any source is certainly a huge drain on our energy reserves. If this is true for you, it may be the time to connect with a health care provider. In my role as a Clinical Nutritionist, I work with many clients with a variety of these concerns. My training includes a Functional Medicine perspective which looks at root causes for imbalances. This perspective is so helpful in truly regaining health and it is crafted by utilizing many lifestyle tools including food and nutrition.
Simply Easy Tip:
Keep a food diary for 3 days and track not only your food but also your mood, exercise, sleep and energy levels. This tool may help you target patterns that contribute to low energy.
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Simply Delicious: Chilled Pea, Avocado & Mint Soup
3 1/4 cups (350g) podded peas, fresh or frozen (defrosted if frozen)
2 1/2 cups (625ml) chilled vegetable stock
1 large avocado, halved, stone removed and flesh scraped out
1/3 cup (80ml) coconut milk + more for garnish
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1/2 cup firmly packed mint leaves + more for garnish
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Place peas, stock, avocado, coconut milk, garlic and mint leaves into a blender and blend on high until smooth. Stir in lemon juice and season to taste with sea salt and black pepper. If your peas and stock were cold to begin with the soup will be good to serve immediately, or if preferred can be chilled in the fridge for a further 1-2 hours before serving.
To serve transfer to bowls, drizzle with a little extra coconut milk, scatter with mint leaves and serve.
[Adapted to be dairy-free from a recipe by Valli Little in the latest issue of delicious magazine. http://www.mydarlinglemonthyme.com/2012/09/chilled-pea-avocado-and-mint-soup.html]