GUEST BLOG – Claire Thomas – www.nourishtosoar.co.uk

 

Your diet and lifestyle might be playing a bigger role in your energy levels than you realise.

Spring is on the horizon, with snowdrops and daffodils adorning the landscape and longer daylight hours beckoning. However, do you find it’s still a struggle to drag yourself out of bed and maintain your energy throughout the day?

I can relate. This time of year, can feel oddly disorienting. Temperatures fluctuate between mild and chilly, leaving me either bundled up in layers with the heater on full blast indoors, or shedding my thick winter coat for a walk as I start to feel too warm!

Let’s explore what might be sapping your energy and delve into some revitalising tips.

#1 – Kickstart your day with a balanced breakfast.

Many of us fall into the trap of starting our day with a sugary breakfast, hoping it will give us a boost. However, that sugar rush is short-lived, leading to inevitable crashes later on and you find yourself grabbing the cake, biscuits or crisps.

Instead, opt for a breakfast that combines whole grains, proteins, and healthy fats. Think poached eggs on wholegrain toast with spinach and grilled tomato or a bowl of porridge topped with chia and flaxseed seeds, berries, and yogurt.

#2 – Opt for healthier snacks.

When the mid-afternoon slump hits, it’s tempting to reach for chocolate or biscuits for a quick energy fix. However, these sugary snacks provide fleeting energy, leaving you craving more. Instead, choose snacks like chopped apple with peanut butter or hummus with veggie sticks—they’ll provide sustained energy and keep you feeling fuller for longer.

#3 – Moderate your caffeine intake.

As much as we love our morning cup of tea or coffee, excessive caffeine consumption can disrupt your sleep patterns, leaving you restless at night. While you don’t need to bid farewell to your favourite beverages altogether, consider limiting yourself to 1-2 cups a day and delaying your first cup until 90 minutes after waking to maximize its benefits. If sleep troubles persist, avoid caffeine after lunchtime.

#4 – Prioritise exercise that fits your schedule and works for you.

Even as busy entrepreneurs, finding time for exercise is crucial. It doesn’t have to be a lengthy gym session—just a brisk 10-minute walk around the block can work wonders for boosting your energy. A 20-minute walk has been known to improve concentration levels for up to an hour afterward, and getting outdoors in the sunshine, especially as we head toward April, can boost vitamin D levels, supporting immune function and better sleep.

#5 – Manage stress proactively.

As entrepreneurs, stress often feels like an unavoidable part of our daily lives. Yet, excessive stress can wreak havoc on our energy levels, digestion, and overall well-being. Combat stress with techniques like deep breathing exercises, journaling, socialising with friends, or simply taking a walk outdoors.

If you try these suggestions and you’re still feeling rubbish, there may be other things going on that is impacting your energy levels. Book a free 30-minute health and energy review here to talk more. 

 

I’m Claire, a registered Nutritional Therapist, certified NLP Practitioner, Phlebotomist and Children’s Nurse. I empower purpose-driven female entrepreneurs living with chronic illness to increase their energy and work towards fulfilling their life ambitions through personalised nutrition and lifestyle transformations. Find out more at www.nourishtosoar.co.uk