Wednesday Resources: Preventing Energy Crashes
It feels impossible that we are already halfway through a week thanks to a holiday round these parts on Monday, but I am not complaining! I am beyond excited to start adding in a fourth run to my training this week and am starting to feel like an actual runner again!
I have mentioned it before, but right now, I am beyond busy with some huge projects and campaigns at work. Having a job that requires a large amount of my mental efforts and having a training schedule that requires a lot of my physical stamina can leave me feeling depleted by the end of the week, despite the fact that I am a fairly high energy person.
I try really hard to stay healthy in as many ways as possible, with a nod to some of my 2015 goals of sleep 7.5 hours a night, 5 nights a week and drinking 8 cups of water a day, but there are things I try to do beyond that as well.
Cutting down on coffee has been an important part of my stress management. I tend to use it as a crutch when I get busy or become sleep deprived. It truly is liquid sleep for me. I have worked it down to one small cup of black coffee in the mornings and MAN I love that cup of coffee!
I am in the middle of training for Boston so carbs are very important. I cannot stress this enough. I often eat a very carb heavy breakfast (my Love Grown oats…every morning) and have a lighter carb lunch (a salad…literally every day) but I vary my dinner if I have a second workout in the day. This has proven to be the best way for me to manage my energy levels throughout the day. I also rarely consume sugary carbs when training to help keep inflammation low, however it is a favourite off season activity of mine.
I sometimes can use a bit of extra help in the energy front, especially if I am doing a second workout that day and so instead of reaching for a second coffee, I grab Greens + Extra Energy. It is designed to help improve feelings of drowsiness and fatigue both acutely with a low dose of caffeine, while also providing a long term solution to low-energy by nourishing the body through a carefully selected blend of herbal extracts, vitamins, minerals and highly nourishing wholefoods that give to our body, instead of taking from it.
If I am feeling a fruitier drink, I will mix the Orange with water and it literally tastes like a cup of orange juice. I like to take this before evening workouts.
My favourite way to take it down is in the form of a double chocolate Frappuccino and it is legitimately healthy for you. And no, I am not lying.
– ½ cup full fat coconut milk
– 1 cup almond milk or liquid of choice
– 1 tbsp raw cacao or cocoa powder
– 1 scoop greens+ extra energy cappuccino
– 1 banana, preferably frozen
– handful of ice
– toasted coconut/dark chocolate shavings for garnish
In a blender blend all ingredients together until smooth.
HOLY YUM! Recipe card available here.