Mamas seem to live off coffee and sticky baby kisses — not so healthy. Find out this mama’s secrets to great energy (all natural, safe, and good for you!).
**This post is sponsored by Vital Proteins.**
It’s 8:30 AM when the alarm goes off.
It’s not even early, but I’m still tired. It’s right after the stupid Daylight Savings change, so naturally I was up until midnight the night before, and of course the baby was starving and nursing all night. Even so, I have to get up, because we have places to be.
A lot of moms find themselves in this situation…often. (Right?) Coffee is the usual solution — sometimes you just need all the caffeine!
But I don’t drink coffee. And, although there’s a big argument over whether coffee’s good for you or not — some maintain it’s a health food, and others think it’s damaging — it’s true that relying on coffee for an energy boost can, long-term, sap your energy and damage your adrenal glands. So there’s that.
I’ve found a few things that give me real energy, though. Lasting energy. That actually benefit my adrenals and hormone balance, not destroy it. I know you want it….
A Mama’s 5 Secrets to Great Energy
I might have woken up tired, but soon after getting up, I was wide awake and ready to go, and I wasn’t tired again until evening — when it was nearly bedtime anyway. (I ended up staying up until midnight or so again to prepare for our Tuesday activities — sigh.)
Most days now I feel good. There are days I’m tired, especially if one of the kids keeps me up a lot at night — really nothing you can do about that! 🙂 But as long as I get 6 – 7 relatively solid hours of sleep, I’m good for the day.
There are several little things I use to help with my energy levels — which you should do too!
1. Regular Meals
Lots of mamas forget to eat, or just snack on whatever their kids leave on their plates. It’s quicker and easier when we’re so busy with so many littles. But, we shouldn’t do that. Eating when you’re hungry is important! Take the time to make some stuff at the beginning of the week to eat for quick snacks or meals.
- Cheese and crackers
- Celery and peanut or almond butter
- Hummus with pita chips or veggies
- Guacamole with organic corn chips or veggies
- Real whipped cream with seasonal fruit
Other easy things that we like are whole wheat or brown rice spaghetti with diced tomatoes and a little cheese, grilled cheese on sourdough, big green salads with grilled chicken. Even the kids eat these, so I only have to make one meal. Or, I’m lucky enough that my 8-year-old loves to cook and will make many easy things for us!
Anyway, eating regularly helps keep blood sugar steady, which helps give you the energy you need. A lot of moms just don’t eat enough or don’t eat the right things. And so….
2. No Sugar
Really, sugar is causing so many problems! It spikes your blood sugar and gives you temporary, jittery energy. It pulls nutrients from your body (if it’s refined) and doesn’t provide anything but straight-up refined carbs. It messes with your hormone balance, it feeds the bad bacteria in your gut. I experienced much better energy, less anxiety, and other benefits when I (mostly) cut it out!
Kombucha is a unique, probiotic-rich brew that is also filled with B vitamins. It’s known for giving natural, lasting energy, and benefiting your health in so many ways. We brew it ourselves, which is super frugal!
4. Liver Pills
This is kind of important. I don’t take them every day (though I have at some points), but when I get my period, I totally crave them. I usually take 4 – 6 per day the first day or two, and it makes a huge difference for me. Liver is high in iron, zinc, copper, B vitamins, vitamin A, and a whole lot more.
I make my own, but sourcing high-quality, grass-fed liver can be difficult, and sometimes expensive. (The going rate around here is $5 – $6/lb. now!) Plus, it’s time-consuming to dehydrate the liver, grind it, and encapsulate it. Lots of moms want to do it, but realistically know they will not have the time.
Vital Proteins has just come out with their own beef liver capsules. They’ve done all the work for you, from sourcing quality, grass-fed liver, to encapsulating it. It’s super easy to use, and it’s like a super-food multivitamin. I always have liver pills in my house and have for the last three years. They definitely have made a difference in having a healthy pregnancy, postpartum, and more.
I really recommend liver pills!
A few months ago, we joined the Y. We go 1 – 3 times per week in an average week. The point is to get your heart rate up for a solid 20 – 30 minutes, and get that lymphatic system moving. It really makes a difference in overall health and energy levels!
A slow walk with a toddler is just not the same. Work it, mama!
Take Care of Yourself, Mama
Remember: you are not last.
If you are going to take care of your family effectively, you must take care of yourself! That means taking time to eat, sleep, and take the occasional relaxing bath, or even get out for a night with friends. You will be a better mama if you are physically and emotionally healthy.
You’re worth it, so take care of yourself!
What are your secrets to great energy?
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