Energy (or lack of)

Home schooling, working from home, still managing to get the food in, three meals a day, chickens fed, dog let out, rabbits now have babies, chickens have babies, one child now back at school, another one going tomorrow for a day, zoom meetings, orders to pack, podcasts running late, online shop to put listings in, emails to write, emails to read, children to bath, car broke, doctors appointment, ring mother, wash clothes, read post, insure van, weed garden, make new stuff for work…. Breathe…. Sleep?!!? Where do we find the time?

We just do. We have trained ourselves to keep on keeping on but we start to
struggle with the energy levels associated with this kind of lifestyle. Often this results in us reaching for the quick fix. The caffeine, the coffee, the pure sugar.

This is not helpful in the long run as it gives us more up and downs to contend with. It lifts us for a short whole but then we come crashing back down the other side. First, we need to learn to say no to the things we do not need to do.

Life is so full that we must prioritise. And then we need to treat our bodies to some more natural energy sources. More sleep! Get some earlier nights (yes, I know it is easier said than done) and keep a regular routine of bedtimes. Adults need 7 – 9 hours sleep a night which means if you are up at 7 am you need to be in bed by 10pm – 12pm each day. Add this to an intake of 3 meals of healthy food and regular water to drink rather than lots of coffee, tea and sugary snacks. Plenty of water keeps you hydrated as a woman needs at least 2 litres a day and try some of the energy drinks in this week’s craft project to replace your current caffeinated drink fix.

Get into a routine of being good to you and start to boost your energy. You will thank yourself for it.

MAKE YOUR OWN ENERGY DRINKS

Breakfast Energy Smoothie

• Ingredients:
• Orange Juice – 2 cups. This is full of vitamin C to boost your immune system and wake you up.
• Yoghurt – 1 cup (or standard pot) of vanilla yoghurt is fine although you can experiment with other flavours
too depending on what you have in the fridge.
• Vanilla extract – half a teaspoon can help bring out the flavours in the fruit. Do not panic if you don’t have
any.
• Berries – a handful of whatever berries you like as they add energy.
• Banana – 1 broken up.

If you are using fresh not frozen fruit you can add a handful of ice cubes.
Pop everything in a blender starting from the softest ingredients to the hardest ie. liquid, then fruit, then ice and blend until smooth. This normally takes about 2 minutes at high. Make sure you scrape the sides down and blend again for about 30 seconds to get all the ‘bits’ smooth. Pour out and enjoy. If you do not drink it all straight away keep it in the fridge for later.

If you want to feel fuller for longer you can add protein powder to your smoothie.

Starting the day properly is important. You have not eaten or drunk anything for over 8 hours. It can be tempting to fill your body with the wrong things first thing in the morning. Getting a strong foundation to your energy reserves sets your day off on the right track.

Natural electrolyte drinks

1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 ½ to 2 cups fresh water, depending on how strong you want the flavour
1/8 teaspoon of sea salt
2 tablespoons natural sugar or honey, to taste

Put all the ingredients in at once and either use a food blender or blend by hand until the honey is dissolved

You can change the taste by substituting the lime for ½ a cup of freshly squeezed orange juice instead.

3 cups of coconut water
1 cup of strawberries
1 cup of fresh water
1 cup of ice
1/8 teaspoon of sea salt
2 tablespoons natural sugar or honey, to taste

Blend everything together until smooth.

Electrolytes keep the body in balance. They support your nervous system, help your muscles, keep you
hydrated and maintain pH balance. Fatigue can be one of the signs that your electrolyte balance is out.

Lemon and Honey tea

2 teaspoons honey
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Boil the kettle. Mix the honey and lemon juice in the bottom of your mug /tea cup while you wait

Pour on hot water stirring while you pour.

Garnish with a slice of lemon if you like.


Although associated with illness , this is a natural antiseptic, boosts energy detoxifies, aids digestion, fights disease, hydrates and the combination of flavours is a waker upper!

Enjoy your new alternatives to a caffeine boost.

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