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Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been in the process of healing my metabolism and energy. I’ve been trying to bounce back from the slump and the hormonal changes, after undergoing some medical treatments that slowed my metabolism, made me sluggish, and left me feeling tired and exhausted every time. In short, I gained some pounds, and lost my energy and some confidence. But don’t get me wrong. It’s not about what the weighing scale shows me, it’s how I feel about my body. I felt weak, less fit, and unhealthy. I lack energy. Obviously, not being able to wear your favorite pants too, was an issue. So after I got done with my treatments, I knew I had to do something to regain control of my body. I need to heal my metabolism, bring back that energy, and overall, just change my lifestyle for the better. If you are in the same situation like me, where your metabolism has slowed and you feel sluggish all the time, then I hope these tips will help you bounce back from it too. I’m almost there.
Healing your Metabolism and Energy
- Eat often. You think skipping meals will help you loose some pounds? In reality, you’re just slowing your metabolism even more. See, when you skip a meal, your body will go on a saving/storing mode – meaning, it will store fats in case you choose to skip another meal. So instead of burning the calories, your body chooses to store it. So don’t starve yourself. Listen to your body. When it’s hungry, feed it. But don’t be greedy too. Eat often but in smaller portions.
- Grab a bite every 3 hours. I suggest eating something every 3 hours during the day.
- When you wake up in the morning, make sure to eat something within 30 minutes of waking up. I switch my breakfast between oatmeal, cereal, hard boiled egg, smoothie and fruits. This will fuel your metabolism to start working. If you don’t, it will just sleep and/or slow down, which is the exact opposite of what we’re trying to do.
- After 3 hours, grab a morning snack like some nuts, crackers, or fruits.
- After 3 hours, it’s time for some lunch. To me, this is the best time to eat my heaviest meal of the day. Others eat their heaviest meal at dinner time. But I don’t like to feel full at night, since it will only make me sleepy afterwards. Eating heavy and then sleeping right after is a big no-no! Plus, by evening, I’m only either watching TV or still working in front of the computer. So I’m not really active by that time. So I take my heaviest meal at lunch time, so I’ll be able to use up the energy in the afternoon. This is when I take my carbs, meat, veggies and/or fruits.
- After another 3 hours, I eat an afternoon snack. It can be a granola bar, crackers, nuts or fruits, and a feel-good energy drink that I’ll be sharing with you below.
- After 3 hours, my dinner would usually include greens such as a salad or a veggie dish, and some proteins.
- If I want to eat dessert, I may take it after an hour or so, just leaving 4 hours before I go to bed.
- Don’t deprive yourself. When you go on diets and deprive yourself of something, it’s most likely you devour that food after your diet. Plus, you’re just punishing yourself. The key is balance. Give in to your cravings from time to time. Just don’t overdo it. Again, just take small portions. When you deprive yourself, you are constantly thinking about that craving. For example: “I really want that donut”. So you keep telling your brain you want that donut until you can’t take it anymore and buy yourself a dozen to devour. But when you don’t deprive yourself and allow yourself to have one from time to time, it’s no big deal when you see one. You may even tell yourself, “oh I’ll just buy on the weekend or if I have the time to pass by the donut shop.” You are not craving for it because you know you can eat it anytime.
- Keep hydrated. The moment you wake up, drink water to hydrate your body. I like to drink 2-4 glasses as soon as I wake up, because I find myself reminded to drink more water throughout the day. But it’s also to activate the internal organs. About 30 minutes before meals, drink a glass of water to aid in digestion. And finally, a glass before bath or shower will help lower your blood pressure. It’s important to drink at least 8 glasses of water each day to maximize its benefits.
- Be active. I know a lot of people who hate going to the gym or dread the words “work out”. But hey, if you want to be fit, strong and full of energy, you will have to do some form of exercise somehow. If your work involves some form of body activity like heavy lifting, dancing, swimming, walking, running, driving around, etc., then, lucky you. But for people like me who work in front of the computer 8 hours a day, we need to be active, especially as we age. I only recommend 2 things minimum for you to do each day.
- One, is to walk 10,000 steps a day. It would be easier to have a fitness tracker to monitor this. But you can also go on a walk in your neighborhood and count up to 5,000. Then turn around and go back to where you started to finish the other 5,000 steps. Then remember that spot for next time, so you don’t have to count again. You can also open the maps on your smartphone to determine the distance you walked. So if you would like to walk somewhere else, you’ll have an idea how many miles you need to finish the 10,000 steps. You can also divide the 10,000 steps to morning and night.
- Two, try this 10-minute workout. You don’t need a gym. You don’t need an hour. You only need 10 minutes a day. And you can do this at home, at the office, and even when you’re on vacation. When this becomes easy and less of a challenge, then it means you are ready to add more minutes of work out to your day. Just do 4 sets of the following, to get active everyday.
- 10 Jumping Jacks
- 10 Squats (P.S. the space in between the legs should be wider. I was trying to balance because of the uneven ground, thus the tighter spacing. Oops, my bad.)
- 10 Push ups
- 10 Lunges each leg
- Engage in something you love. If you love to play sports, make time for it. If you love to go swimming, make time to swim each week. If you love to dance, then make time to dance everyday. If you love something, it feels less of a chore but a recreation instead. So find an activity that will help you keep active but make you happy at the same time.
- Boost your energy. I know there are a lot of days when you just want to sit in the couch or lay in bed. There are days when I feel like I just don’t have the energy to do anything else, especially when I spent hours finishing a deadline. So how will I find the energy to work out or at least finish my 10,000 steps? Or how will I get through those days when I have multiple deadlines? I recently discovered V8 V-Fusion+Energy Drink, with natural energy from Green Tea. It has become my go-to afternoon drink and my new afternoon pick-me up. I swear to you, the first time I tried it, I was full of energy. I accomplished a lot and was even singing and dancing on Snapchat! Haha. Seriously though, it really gave me an energy boost. It’s also delicious and nutritious. You know V8 drinks combine servings of fruit and vegetable, right? So not only am I getting an added boost of energy for my day, I’m also getting my veggie and fruit fix. Oh, and there’s no crash after, unlike other energy drinks. I’ve been drinking this every day now. Especially that a can is only 50 calories per 8 0z. serving.
The new V8 V-Fusion +Energy Drink comes in a variety of flavors like Pomegranate Blueberry, Peach Mango, Orange Pineapple, Black Cherry, Tomato, Diet Strawberry Lemonade, and Diet Cranberry Raspberry. My favorite is the Peach Mango, but I like all the flavors I’ve tasted so far.
If you want to try them out yourself, they are available at Walmart. You can find them at the juice aisle, not in the refrigerated juices section.
Oh, and if you’re feeling lucky, how about joining this giveaway? They are giving out $2,500 in Walmart gift cards, enough to buy you a ton of V8 V-Fusion +Energy drinks and more. Good luck!