Last week we opened the doors to talk about what to do when we feel like it’s all too much – when this whole business gig feels totally overwhelming and we’re not sure what to do about it all. We’ve talked about our most primal need to help us through this feeling – our biological need for rest and sleep. Now we’re going to explore how we…
After sleep, we then need to consider how we’re refuelling our minds and bodies on a daily basis. Good nutrition is essential to high energy levels and optimal brain function. And it doesn’t need to be complicated or time consuming. Here are a few of my favourite tips for getting my energy and mind back on track when I’m feeling ‘over it’.
Drink it Freddy. Drink It.
Water that is (put that gin bottle down). After sleep, water is the next top priority our body has in order to survive. That’s clean, filtered, water – not tea, not coffee, not soft drink, not juice – just plain water is what our bodies crave and need. But you know that by now right? Sometimes we forget, or we simply put this need on hold, ahead of sending one more email, or returning those calls or dealing with that customer. So put a big bottle on your desk in your work area at the start of the day and work your way through it. Every day. Put reminders in your phone calendar if you need. Or treat yourself to a little planner pad like this one from kikki.K that has a box to tick for every glass you drink.
The Power of Raw
Raw food is food full of energy and vitality. Quite simply it’s food that’s alive. Here’s the low down on raw food and why it’s good for us. If you’re looking for an easy way to get more raw into your diet, get into green smoothies. Make a batch on Sunday, bottle them in jars and keep them in your fridge. They’re a perfect mid afternoon snack for when you’ve hit that slump, and so much better for you than those ultra sugared sweet treats. Here’s a recipe to get you started:
Kemi’s Basic Green Smoothie
Seriously don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. I PROMISE your taste buds will be happily surprised. And don’t be afraid to tweak it – I never make the same smoothie twice.(Kemi’s Raw Kitchen has heaps of other great recipes for you to get stuck into as well.)
Preparation time: 10 minutes
500 mls (2 cups) filtered water (you may want more or less depending on how thick you like your green smoothie)
2 handfuls of leafy greens (spinach, silverbeet, kale, lettuce, swiss chard etc)
1 stick celery
2 bananas (Kemi uses frozen bananas in the warmer weather, a mega treat!)
2 oranges (peel taken off, pith left on, so many goodies in the pith)
Pop your water and greens in the blender first. Blend these well for a minute of so. Then add your other ingredients (including any other fruit and veggies you have laying around – like cucumber, zucchini, apples, strawberries, lemons… wharves) and enjoy!
In your hands
I always feel better when I’ve cooked myself and my family a nutritious meal – even just a simple salad with grilled chicken, followed by a small bowl of organic yoghurt and berries. Feeding your body with great, homemade food feeds your heart and soul as well.
Nutrition on the go
If you’re on the go a lot during the day, batching food to grab and go during the week works an absolute treat. Here’s my favourite power snack of the moment, from Dr Jen Barham-Floreani over at Well Adjusted. I make up a batch, pop it in jars and then when I’m on the hunt for a snack, I crack open a jar, top with some yoghurt and whatever fresh (or frozen) fruit I have handy.
Cardamon, Brazil Nut and Chia Seed Pudding
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
1 cup raw brazil nuts (you could also use cashews)
2 cups filtered water
1/2 teaspoon of cardamon (you could use less but I’m crazy about cardamon)
1 vanilla bean, seeds only or ½ teaspoon organic vanilla paste (more if you like)
½ cup white chia seeds
½ cup organic full fat plain yoghurt, or your favourite yoghurt (more if you like)
1 tablespoon organic raw honey (more if you like)
2 bananas, sliced, to garnish
Sprinkle with cinnamon to garnish
In a blender or food processor blend together the brazil nuts, water, cardamon and vanilla bean seeds until creamy and smooth.
Pour into a mixing bowl.
Add the chia, honey and yoghurt to the mixture. Mix well removing all lumps.
To assemble the pudding, pour the mixture into beautiful glasses or dishes.
Refrigerate until set (overnight if you have time).
Top with slices of banana and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Add a dash of honey for extra sweetness if you desire.
(The pudding featured in the image also has a tablespoon of raw cacao (NOT cocoa) powder mixed through it, and is topped with yoghurt, figs and passionfruit.)
Massage to recharge
Refuelling is also about detoxing and recharging. And massage has been proven to help with the treatment of anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, headaches, constipation and insomnia. So this week, please put to the top of your to do list “Book myself a massage, because it’s important for my physical and mental health”. This is not a personal luxury – it’s business therapy.
Sometimes just hanging with our besties is the best mood food we can give ourselves. Even better when it’s coupled with a delicious meal. Make a booking now. Go on. Stop reading. I’ll still be here after you’ve made your play date.
What else do you do to refuel and recharge when you’re feeling over it all? Share your strategies, your recipes and your tips in the comments below.
Cheers, Kylie x