Parenting is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world, but why is it, that as a Mom, you always feel exhausted? Hello …! You are on duty 24 hours out of every 24, with no weekends or evenings off (unless you take time out and get a baby-sitter in). You are so busy focusing on your children, that you forget to focus on yourself as well, and neglecting yourself is certainly not good for you and it is not good for your children either.15
Ideally you should be getting 8 hours of sleep and get up the next morning refreshed – but we all know how unrealistic that is.15
Tony Schwartz is a journalist, professional speaker and author who started a project called “The Energy Project” with major business corporations, and his motto is – “Manage your energy, not your time”.16
Whenever we are struggling under an increased workload, be it at work or at home, the first thing is to stop what we are doing and think about a better way to manage our energy, not to add more work hours to our day.
The one way to manage our energy is to look at our nutrition, which is the fuel for our bodies. Ask yourself if you keep a sustainable level of glucose in your blood stream. Most of us eat three meals a day giving us three distinct spikes in our blood sugar levels especially if meals contain cabohydrates17
. Snacks, like a chocolate bar or cold drink, will give you a short energy burst but also wild fluctuations in your sugar level, which can be rough on your energy level, leaving you more tired than before. Rather eat regular, small, healthy snacks between your main meals.15
One important nutritional hint is to not skip breakfast – studies have shown that people feel more satisfied by food eaten in the morning and this feeling can translate into better energy for your day.15
A healthy diet will help you to:18
- Manage your weight, control blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, decrease risks of a chronic disease, enhance your immune system (to make you healthier), control appetite and food cravings, and most importantly for Moms – increase your energy levels and concentration
The energy-giving nutrients that our bodies need are carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Carbohydrates (sugar, starch and fibre) are the body and brain’s preferred source of energy and are converted into glucose to raise our blood sugar levels. Glucose is used for energy but also stored for later use as glycogen and fat. Proteins (when paired with cholesterol) and fats, slow down the absorption of sugar for longer lasting energy and concentration.
If you are feeling tired and need an energy boost – consider taking a multivitamin like Vita-thion®
, which also contains ATP.1,2
The primary source of energy for most functions within the cells of our bodies.8
The main message is to get the right amount of protein, carbohydrates, fibre, fats and nutrients throughout the day, at regular intervals and in the right combination, to give you steady blood sugars. This in turn will give you steady energy levels and keep you healthy. In other words - eat a healthy diet.4