Energizer summer!, Part 2

Energizer summer!, Part 2

“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 we start with a refresher of 7 basics of how to improve your energy to enjoy your summer.

#1. Poor Sleep:

Lack of sleep leads to a myriad of health problems and it’s an epidemic. The CDC reports that 1 of 3 American adults is sleep deprived.  Lack of sleep can lead to a depleted immune system making us more susceptible to virus and flus.  Weight gain is also connected to insufficient sleep as we need it for a healthy metabolism. Feeling tired, brain fog and that “afternoon slump” is a message from the body and it might mean you are not getting enough rest.  It might be the body simply running out of steam.  When you combine that with a lack of water or poor diet, no wonder we are all so tired!  Here are some simple tips to improve sleep: don’t eat within 3 hours of bed, shut off electronics 1 hour before sleep and do 5 minutes of simple stretches or breathing exercises to relax the body and mind in preparation for rest.

Simply Easy Tip:

Dr. Hyman, New York Times bestselling author and doctor, recommends turning off Wi-Fi and keeping all electronic devices away from your bed.  He suggests creating a common charging area in your home and have everyone “check-in” their devices before bed.

Simply Supportive:   Lavela

Sometimes herbal supplements or essential oils are needed to help support sleep.  Lavender oil has been shown to calm and relax the body. When you combine this with the practical tips above, you can be on your way to better sleep and restoring your energy.

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Simply Delicious:  Chickpea Salad

INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 cups chickpeas
2 Tablespoons onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup celery, finely chopped (about 1 celery rib)
1/2 cup organic apple, diced (about 1 small apple)
2 Tablespoons walnuts, chopped
Dressing:
4 full teaspoons tahini
3 Tablespoons non-dairy milk
2-3 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon red wine vinegar
Pink salt to taste, I use about 1/4 teaspoon

Topping: Tomato and Avocado

DIRECTIONS:

In a large bowl, mash the chickpeas. I try not to leave any whole chickpeas, but halves are perfectly fine.
Mix in the chopped onion, celery, walnuts and diced apple.
Dressing: In a small bowl whisk the dressing ingredients together.

Assemble:

Using a spatula, pour the dressing into the chickpea mix.
Fold in the dressing until completely combined. if the salad is a tad dry, add a splash more of non-dairy milk.
Chill in the fridge for 30 min. Or if your impatient, like me, skip the chilling and eat it right away.
Add the chickpea salad to your favorite toasted bread or greens and top with avocado, tomato, salt and pepper.
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