You feel tired, exhausted, stressed, or overwhelmed? It seems like you’ve felt that way for months. Do you ever wonder, “How can I feel better? I drag myself through the day and having to cook or do one more thing sends me curled up in a little ball!!”

I’ve been there.

So what do you do? Where do you start?

It starts with food

I talked about this in a previous post regarding looking at any type of goals. You have to give your body the energy it needs to do anything – whether that’s start a new hobby or lose 50 pounds. If you’re running on empty, you’ll fall back into old habits that, many times, create the opposite of what you want to accomplish.

When it comes to feeling better, it’s important to fuel your body with protein, healthy fats, and fiber.  Even if you’re too busy to cook, there are many ways to get more nutrients in your body. Here are a few ideas:

Protein shakes and smoothies (think GREEN smoothies, not the fruity, sweet ones)

Fruit with nut butter (almond butter is my favorite)

Celery with nut butter

Shredded chicken (make chicken in your crock pot and keep the leftovers in the frig for a quick snack or small meal)

A spoonful of avocado

Hemp hearts

Nuts and seeds

Raw slices of sweet potato, or carrots, jicama, celery

And water, water, and more water!

These are only a few suggestions to begin fueling your body to move it off “empty.” If you’re super tired, it’s really easy to reach for a candy bar or that bag of chips. Before reaching for your stand-by snack, drink 2 cups of water. Wait for a few minutes and then drink another cup. Breathe deeply and see how you feel.

Then eat something high in protein.

The key is to have these types of foods on hand so when the slump hits, you have food in your refrigerator or your pantry that will help nourish you instead of drain you.

Do you have a favorite healthy food that boosts your energy? Let me know in the comments below.

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