Have you ever had one of those days where you had gotten halfway through the day only to realize your underwear is on inside out? You have a stream of dried toothpaste drips on the shirt that you thought you were so fabulously wearing?
Yes, we all have those days when our brain isn’t working as well as it could, or we are just too busy to notice the small details. As moms, we are more prone to overlook the little details because our minds are spinning with the thousand things that need to be done on a daily or hourly basis. That is why we often crave more clarity and focus and attempt to find it in a cup of coffee or a chocolate bar – anything to pep things up and help us deal with the racing reality around us.
The fact is – Mom or not, working or stay at home, most of us lack the energy we desire or need to get everything done in our fast-paced, high-demand world. In our culture, it is difficult to stay focused, especially if you are not properly nourished. Food has the power to help you create specific moods; to enhance your energy and focus; and to increase your clarity and goal-keeping.
Food is powerful, and the beautiful thing is that we have the ability to tap into that power by choosing what to (or what not to) eat.
So how can we use food to our advantage to optimize our energy?
Inflammation is one of the key blockers of clarity, energy, and focus. Inflammation (caused by stress, diet, or environmental factors) inhibits our wellness by creating pain, discomfort or fatigue. Sugar, processed foods, low quality meats, rancid oils, and for some – dairy and gluten – create an inflammatory environment in our body, setting the stage for disease and illness. In contrast, foods like leafy greens (kale, parsley, chard, spinach, cilantro, etc.), cleanse the blood and neutralize the toxins causing inflammation. Leafy greens are also powerful sources of energy due to chlorophyll, which makes them green. Chlorophyll is packed with vitamins and minerals to help repair and rebuild damaged cells, prevent cancer, and improve digestive health. Greens can be easily incorporated in to your diet through smoothies, salads, soups or simply by steaming or sautéeing for a side dish. Other powerful anti-inflammatory foods include turmeric, ginger, garlic and wild blueberries.
Although most any fruit or vegetable will contribute to improved energy and overall health, there are specific foods noted for boosting brain function. Walnuts, broccoli, avocado, celery, olive oil, salmon, rosemary and green tea are full of antioxidants and micro nutrients, which fight inflammation and clear the muck that is blocking focus and clarity.
Including brain-boosting foods into your diet, is simple and doesn’t require a lot of effort. For instance, add blueberries, ground flax seed, and some walnuts to your oatmeal in the morning with a drizzle of olive oil or a teaspoon of coconut oil. For lunch, have a salad with avocado, celery and baked salmon. Dinner can include a curry full of gorgeous spices and herbs like turmeric, curry powder, ginger and cilantro. It is important to make the effort as well to cut back on sugar, processed foods, and caffeine to reduce your body’s burden and help it focus on cleaning things up.
Every choice you make to improve your health through diet will promote healing in your body. By choosing anti-inflammatory foods on a daily basis, we support our bodies by feeding our cells what they need, to function optimally. Which in turn, gives you the patience to deal with the kids, keeps the toothpaste off your shirt… and your panties on right.
Caryn O’Sullivan is an Integrative Nutrition & Health Coach, founder of Appetites for Life, and Mom of two beautiful young girls. She supports women who struggle with low energy, weight management, cravings and body image with a 5–step program that teaches how to tune-into your body, tune-up your health, and tap into the power of food. For more information please visit: www.appetitesforlife.com/
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