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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 September 18, 2020

                7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                1. Exercise Daily

                It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

                2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                The basic nutritional advice includes:

                • Eat unprocessed foods
                • Eat more veggies
                • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                  5. Watch Out for Travel

                  Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                  This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                  If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                  6. Start Slow

                  Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                  If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                  7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                  Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                  My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                  If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                  I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                  Final Thoughts

                  Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                  Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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