I’m excited that I finally get to post my first question today, thanks to reader Michelle.
In summary, Michelle messaged me going over a list of personal issues she’s having: weight gain, low energy, and mental sluggishness. She feel’s like the issues are all related to her lifestyle. Also, the fact that she’s recently begun a new job – and based on the information she’s provided, I tend to agree.
The way in which we take care of our body has a huge affect on the way in which it takes care of us. If we’re not giving it the proper energy (food) and making sure it gets the downtime and rest that it needs, it’s going to perform poorly.
If you feel that you have some of these symptoms in common with Michelle, here are a few simply tips that you should follow.
Plan Your Meals Appropriately
I’m not talking about meal prepping or anything like that here – although that isn’t necessarily a bad idea. What I mean is that you need to make sure you’re eating your core meals (and the occasional energy-boosting snack as well) at the right times and in the right amounts.
Dinner shouldn’t always be the largest meal of the day – after all, we don’t really do very much late in the evening. Instead, larger portions of carb-heavy foods should be eaten before you plan on being the most active. For most people this means either at breakfast for a busy morning, or at lunch to prepare for a hectic afternoon.
Stop the Soda
We all know that sugar isn’t good for us, but for most people it’s simply too difficult to stop. One of the easiest steps to take, however, is cutting out soda.
The high amount of sugar and chemicals in soda has a negative effect on our bodies. The levels are figuratively off the charts. Instead, try swapping out your regular soda fix for something for benign such as water, tea, or even a healthy drink like kombucha. You should start to notice a major improvement to weight gain and sluggishness in a matter of weeks.
Monitor Your Sleep Schedule
Not sleeping enough? Maybe you’re sleeping too much? Maybe the quality of sleep you’re getting simply isn’t enough? Everyone is different so it’s important that you learn precisely what you’re body needs.
Start a journal to track your sleep schedule and make notes on how you feel the next day. You’ll quickly be able to spot patterns between the times and amount you’re asleep and how you wake up feeling. By analyzing these patterns, you can build a sleep routine that’s perfect for you.
So to Michelle, and the rest of you suffering similar issues, I hope these tips help. The best part about them is they can all be implemented today. For most, that means seeing improvements faster.
I hope you enjoyed my first question as much as I did answering it! Keep them coming and until next time, thanks again!