7 Natural Energy Boosters

7 Natural Energy Boosters

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After my second daughter was born, I needed a nap before my kids did by 10:30-11:00am during the day. I was ready for a nap and I felt like coffee was my lifeline. I felt like I could just have an IV hooked up to coffee because that’s how low energy I was, and caffeine dependent I had become. These are some of my go to sources for natural energy.

If you do find yourself going through an energy slum, whether it’s all day long or maybe it’s just a certain part of the day, certain things that you can do to give yourself that energy zap, so you can have more focus and energy for the rest of your day.

Get some sun

Have you ever noticed in the summer time, or on your day off, on the weekend when you’re outside, you just have this natural energy and you don’t even need any caffeine. That’s because the sun; it gives us so much energy. If you are sitting at your desk and you’re feeling low energy, take a hop outside or take a walk. Taking a break from your regular routine, standing up from your desk and getting some vitamin D can do wonders.

Go For A Walk

There’s something about energy, the way it flows through our body, just by standing up and taking a walk around the office. It breaks up your routine, gets the energy in your body moving and will improve circulation. Add a daily walk at the beginning or end of your day to see long-term improvements to your energy.

Deep Breathing

Sit up nice and tall, make sure your back is straight, posture is good, and take a deep breath in. This is a natural stress reliever. If you can do this two to three times, just deep breath in and let it out.

Drink More Water

If you don’t get enough water and you’re dehydrated that can feel like you’re really tired. It also can make you feel hungry. Drinking water and making sure you’re staying hydrated throughout the day can help increase your energy and keep your energy up throughout the day.

High Vibe Friends

Keep high energy friends around you, and whether it’s throughout the day or throughout the week and you’re going to feed off of their energy. This is why I love being in community because when I was a work at home mom, I just had kids around all day. I didn’t really have any adult conversation. If you are an empath and take on other people’s emotions, this is especially important. We feed off of each other’s energy, moods and attitudes. Keep your positive and high energy friends closer than the others. If you feel someone really sucking your energy, limit your time with them.

Drink Green Tea

One of the first things I did to increase my energy was swap out my coffee drinks for green tea. This is the tea I drink daily. Keep it at your desk, sip on it either first thing in the morning or throughout the day. Not only will it boost your energy, it will also boost your metabolism and promotes weight loss. WIN WIN

Stock Up On Protein

If you are low energy, it’s possible that you’re not eating enough food, or you’re going long periods of time without food. And so, having a quick protein meal or snack can help keep your blood sugar level was more sustainable, more stable, and it can bring up your energy really quick. When I work with new clients, for weight loss or energy, the first thing I look at is what they are eating and how much.

It’s great to just have some kind of protein snacks on hand. If you work in an office like I used to, having a little stash in your desk, some nuts, some peanut butter, some string cheese or some turkey. If you have a little mini refrigerator that you have access to, that can be really good, too.

Right now, one of my favorite protein snacks is this High Protein Iced Coffee. Comes in 2 flavors and and it is less than $3 a cup.

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A New Way to Work

A New Way to Work

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Adding a new baby to the mix last year, really shook things up in my business. I struggled doing any work that wasn’t done from my phone. I struggled with finding the time with live videos or taking photos – real life of a mom of 3. I made it work.
But I’ve really felt the need to simplify – either less work and easier systems or bringing on more support, so I can still get things done.
But I still love to work. I love creating content. I love focused time with little to no distractions.
And I’ve always loved social time and in person meetings.

In the fall, we purchased a physical location, in Louisville, Ohio – which started as a place to sell energy teas and meal replacement shakes. Check out my podcast feature on Fit Life Creation all about it.

After some reworking and getting new ideas on what we want life to look like and feel like, I am moving my entire work here.
West Side Nutrition is now my entire office. I get time to plan, check emails, connecting and meeting clients, do podcast interviews and anything else I need quiet time for. And the best part is at home I get to focus on being a wife, mom and the house more.

As a former workaholic, I love having the two be more separated. More on that later.

We still have on the go nutrition, energizing teas, iced coffee and complete meal shakes to help with focus and productivity! But now, I get my own office time and more quiet.

What could you get done with 1-2 hours of focus time, with no interruptions? Do you have a dedicated space you can get work done?

Do you struggle with work life balance? Free download here on getting focused

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Our Journey Through Apraxia

Our Journey Through Apraxia

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So much has happened in the past few months. But before we get to that, you must have some background story of how we got here.

My oldest was born early, at 33 weeks, and has a condition called Childhood Apraxia of Speech. “Apraxia is a motor speech disorder that makes it hard for children to speak. It can take a lot of work to learn to say sounds and words better” from American Speech Language Association.

He’s now nine years old and has come a long way, but our journey is far from over. CAS is a motor planning disorder where he has difficulty not only in speech, but also can affect gross motor and fine motor skills.

Gage at 18 months

  • He said his first word at 18 months.
  • He took his first step at 22 months.
  • He was finally potty trained at age 4.

At age one, our pediatrician noticed he wasn’t talking or making much noise and referred us to our early intervention services, Help Me Grow. Early intervention is a statewide system that provides coordinated services to parents of infants and toddlers with disabilities. Check your state for something similar.

After several evaluations, we began working with EI and Stark County MRDD, in our home. We continued working with them until the maximum age of three, from there they refer to the public school system.

At three, he was put on an IEP (individual education plan), with our local school system. At that time, public school seemed like the best choice – where they would provide services of speech and occupational, and eventually physical therapies.

He loved school and we were happy with the progress he was making.

In the first grade, I started to recognize some signs of him struggling to read. He was transposing his numbers, he was really having difficulty reading and writing and started to dislike his bedtime stories (we had been doing since he was 6 months old). Despite my many attempts to talk to the school, it seemed like my concerns were dismissed. At the end of first grade, I emailed my concerns to the elementary principal, stating I wasn’t sure that he was ready for 2nd grade. She replied back that that was the schools job to determine and I was not to worry.

Our first parent-teacher conference, last year was very concerning. He was, now, in the third grade; yet, he was only reading at a kindergarten and first grade level. Despite being on an IEP, his teacher insisted he MUST pass the Ohio standarized tests or else he would repeat the 3rd grade.

I’ve never missed a single IEP meeting and I still had no clue how to help my little guy. After 8 years, several speech therapists, working with the school and a trip to Akron Children’s Neurology department, I was frustrated and had zero diagnosis.

I found an outside agency that would evaluate him, for dyslexia and any other learning disabilities and possibly give me some better answers as to how I can help him. After several evaluations, from him, and getting input from both his parents and several teachers that were familiar with him, we did get a diagnosis of intellectual disability. He tested with a lower IQ than most. The psychologist that did the testing explained that  it’s going to take him longer to master certain things, than most kids, which is why he believed he was late talking, walking, potty training, and everything in between.

Since he takes longer to process information, the psychologist also stated he would need an average of two years to master the same information that most kids learn in one. He gave us some recommendations on how we could better accommodate Gage in the home and how the school could better accommodate him in the classroom.

 

  1. He would need to have instructions broken down into bite size pieces. (He does have an early intervention specialist and small group time for this)
  2. He would need a lot of visual manipulatives to help him master reading, writing and math.
  3. It is recommended he be in a smaller classroom, made up of his peers.
  4. Gage needs to feel like he is making progress and not feel like he is behind everyone else.
  5. He should not be held to the same standard as the rest of the class – ie. required to pass the standarized testing.

 

 

Check back for details on what’s next for Gage and our family

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How To Stay Stylish During Pregnancy

How To Stay Stylish During Pregnancy

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Are you wondering how to keep your style fresh during pregnancy? I managed to avoid buying maternity clothes and still looked cute and stylish.
During my first two pregnancies, I often wore my husband’s clothes – especially in the later months, because nothing else fit.
I don’t really like spending a lot of money on maternity clothes, that only get worn a few times. I’m always looking for the most bang for my buck and some the cutest maternity clothes don’t have a lot.
When I first found out I was pregnant, I vowed to not wear my husband’s clothes; so I could actually look like a girl while pregnant, this final pregnancy.
I did some searching for subscription based companies that offered maternity. I found Le Tote happened to have just that.
I had used Le Tote one other time, before and was not super impressed with the selections sent. But I was willing to give it another shot.
They have several packages available in regular clothes and I was so ecstatic that they also had maternity selections.
I have gotten so many compliments on my maternity clothes, this pregnancy. It’s not enough for me to be cute – but also comfortable.
After you select your package, you can add items to your “virtual closet” and your tote is compiled of either pieces in your virtual closet or styles that closely match.
Before you tote is shipped, you get the option to view the tote and swap anything out.
A couple reasons why I love Le Tote.
1. I don’t have to drag my kids to the store. Going shopping in a store seems like such a hassle, since having kids. By the time you load up the car, visit 3-4 different stores to find what you are looking for and not to mention trying stuff on…
I love that everything is shipped to my house for me to wear and return.
2. You can keep things if you really want, but the best part about Le Tote is you get to return everything at the end of the month.
I wear them for the month and I can choose to purchase the ones I love or I can send them all back. I have purchased a few tops that I can still wear after the baby comes.
One of the things I found this pregnancy was I needed breakfast uber fast, to avoid morning sickness. I put together a list of my favorite fast and easy, healthy breakfasts.
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Key Ingredients to Boost Your Immune System

Key Ingredients to Boost Your Immune System

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Cold and flu season seemed to really take over this year. Are you constantly sick and can’t seem to find your way back to health? As a working mom I don’t have time to be sick. I don’t have time to deal with sick kids and I know you don’t either. We like to keep our immune system boosted as much as possible.

A few years ago, my husband would get sick every time the weather changed! We had a medicine cabinet full of supplements and vitamins – but it didn’t seem to matter.

Would you believe we haven’t been sick in 2+ years – even with two kids in public school!

Things keeping you sick and your immune system compromised

  1. Processed Foods
  2. High Stress Levels
  3. Excess amounts of tobacco, alcohol and other toxins
  4. Lots of over the counter medicines and antibiotics.

To keep your immune system strong

Eat lots of whole foods and eat most of your meals at home.

Overly processed foods has a lot of chemicals and preservatives and the nutrition quality is depleted. It is best to be eating foods as close to their natural state as possible. Grab my 10-minute breakfast recipes here.

Exercise and move your body daily.

Exercise is a great immune booster. It gets your body moving, blood flowing and helps your body handle other outside stresses better. So get outside, take the dog or the kids for a walk and get moving.

Ditch the toxins out of your diet – this includes excessive amounts of sugar, processed foods, high fructose corn syrup, and alcohol.

The added toxins in the body add unneeded stress. We want to keep stress levels to a minimum, so that when a virus tries to come in your body has the strength to fight it off.

Finally – invest in high quality supplements. You should be using a multi-vitamin, fish oil, calcium and magnesium, at minumum.

Now, I know not everyone eats healthy – all the time. My kids don’t eat a lot of veggies. I do my best but you can only do what you can. It is a good idea to fill in the gaps. Only very few people eat the recommended six to nine servings of vegetables. My kids definitely don’t. Sometimes I don’t even. One thing we do is we have a shake that we use at snack time. It’s got over 21 vitamins and minerals in it.

We get all our vitamins and supplements from Herbalife.

Take in extra vitamin C during high stress and cold and flu season.

One of my favorite products to keep our immune system strong is Best Defense. This has echinacea, zinc, and vitamin C. It is my secret weapon. I just take a tablet and drop it in some water, and then see it fizz. It is orange flavor and the kids love it!!

At back-to-school season, usually right when school is starting up I invest. Yes, your health is an investment. I invest in extra Best Defense. I will just throw these in. Maybe once a week I’ll drink one by myself and then I’ll also pour one for the kids. It’s just a good idea to have this on hand. I take this whenever I’m feeling something come on. I will drink a glass, and usually, within 24 hours it’s gone.

 

Echinacea is great to boost that immune system. Vitamin C and zinc all help keep your immune system up and keep those defenses from coming into your body, things that we don’t like, the germies that the kids are picking up at school. If you work at a public place, whether you work in retail or you work in a hospital, a doctor’s office, you need to keep your immune system boosted so that your body is able to defend itself from those viruses that are coming in.

 

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