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7 Superfoods To Restore Energy When You’re Burnt Out

7 Superfoods To Restore Energy When You’re Burnt Out

If you’re like many people, life just comes at you too fast to take much time out for yourself. Work, kids, commutes and life in general keep you on the go and there is little time for exercise or other healthy habits.  However, there are ways that you can make your lifestyle healthier even with a really hectic schedule. Nutritionally speaking, super foods give you more bang for your buck and load your body with the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber you need to do everything from fighting off cancer to reducing your risk of diabetes. Read below to learn more about the best super foods to include on this list and how to get them into your diet.

1. Almonds

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    Almonds are a great source of plant-based proteins and fibers that will keep your energy levels high throughout the day. Also, their unique blend of vitamins B and E as well as minerals like magnesium and iron are a great way to fight fatigue, no matter what life throws at you.

    2. Hot Peppers

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      Peppers will add some real zest to even the blandest diet, but they will also bring you some great health benefits as well. The compounds, like capsaicin, which give these peppers their heat also help to increase circulation. That will bring higher levels of fatigue-fighting oxygen to your brain.

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      An easy way to get more peppers in your diet is this recipe for a spicy gazpacho.

      3. Leafy Greens

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        Greens like spinach, arugula, Swiss chard, and kale are great fatigue-fighters, particularly if you suffer from anemia. These greens are not only rich in iron to help build your red blood cells, they are also high in vitamin C, making it easier for your body to absorb the iron. What a perfect combination!

        In order to add more leafy greens to your diet, try this recipe for a quick and easy spinach salad.

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        4. Spices

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          Spices like ginger or turmeric will add zest to any number of dishes as well as make you healthier. Their active ingredients, including curcumin and gingerolis, help to reduce inflammation and prevent many illnesses by strengthening the immune system, which can lead to less fatigue over time.

          To spice up your diet, try this great recipe for turmeric milk.

          5. Bananas

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            Bananas are another fast and simple way to get healthy without very much effort. Bananas are also rich in the fiber that will keep your blood sugar levels consistent throughout the day and their potassium puts some pep in your step as well, even if your day gets pretty physical.

            Want a fast and easy way to get those bananas on the menu? Then this recipe for a banana smoothie is perfect for you!

            6. Quinoa

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              Quinoa is a great alternative to dishes like pasta whose high levels of carbs can leave you feeling sluggish and fatigued.  These great grains are actually fairly low in carbohydrates and provide your body with some great high-quality vegetarian protein to keep energy levels up.  Nutrients like B-complex vitamins, magnesium, potassium, and iron will fight fatigue as well.

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              Get more quinoa into your diet with recipes like quinoa with veggies.

              7. Chia Seeds

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                Like quinoa, chia seeds give your energy levels a boost by providing high-quality protein without excessive carbohydrates or unhealthy fats to keep blood sugars steady and hunger at bay.  Their fatigue-fighting properties are helped by the presence of B5 and because they can absorb large amounts of fluid, they can help prevent dehydration-related fatigue as well.

                Try this great recipe for chia pudding to add more chia seeds to your daily fare.

                In short, you do not have to make radical or time-consuming lifestyle changes in order to reap the benefits of the superfoods listed above. Try the recipes listed to make these changes even easier to implement. Then sit back and watch your health improve!

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                Last Updated on December 2, 2018

                How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

                How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

                Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

                The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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                The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

                Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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                Review Your Past Flow

                Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

                Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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                Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

                Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

                Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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                Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

                Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

                We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

                Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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