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So please to have Jules Galloway on Natalie Carter Talks Fitness to help us out with our energy levels. Jules is a qualified Naturopath with over 10 years experience and is on a mission to help tired, stressed out women to find their shine again- Hello! Perfect- just in time for Spring!
We all know what it’s like. Burning the candle at both ends. Partners, kids, work… it’s all a massive juggling act, which you’ve managed like a superhero… up until now.
But gradually, the warning signs have started to creep in. You’re tired. You’re not sleeping as well as you used to. You’re feeling bloated and have gained a bit of weight. Your digestion is all over the shop. You get aches and pains here and there. Frankly, you’re feeling a bit over it.
It’s not normal to feel this way. Yes, it’s very common, but that doesn’t make it RIGHT. There’s a better way to live – you CAN thrive again – by making a few simple changes. Here are six simple ways to improve your health that you can do right away… even if you’re time poor.
- Cut out the crap.
Get rid of the foods that are not serving you anymore. Gluten – you’re in the firing line. Dairy – you’re gone. Sugar – your days are numbered too. It’s time to give your body a rest from these hard-to-deal-with foods so that the healing and repair work can take place.
- Heal the gut
Introduce foods into your diet which contain good bacteria. Eat a small amount every day. Start with sauerkraut, kombucha or water kefir and notice how much better your tummy begins to feel. Your immune system cells are made in the gut, so improving the health of your digestion can have far reaching effects throughout the body, and scientists are now discovering that gut health also impacts on mental health. Sort your digestion out and things can then begin to fall into place for you.
- Pump up the nutrients
A healthy diet is not just about what you don’t eat. Taking out the gluten, dairy and sugar only do half the job. It’s time to go in hard with the nourishing foods. Adding juices, smoothies, bone broths and superfoods to your diet every day can help to increase your nutrient stores, which in turn speeds up the healing process. You will feel sharper, more energetic and more resilient once your vitamins and mineral levels are topped up.
- Move your body
If you’ve been struggling with fatigue, go gently at first. Yoga, stretching, pilates and simple weight training can all be wonderful for your body, but if you are suffering from chronic fatigue or adrenal fatigue, slowly slowly is the name of the game here. Do what you can and build up gradually. Working with a personal trainer who understands your needs can also help to get the ball rolling. Don’t have time to work out? Even 10 minutes of yoga will make a world of difference. Make an appointment with yourself – mark it in your diary – and show up. Every little bit counts.
- Calm the mind
We can’t always stop stress happening to us, but we can definitely change how we react. Practicing meditation or mindfulness can help to lower cortisol levels, which in turn will benefit our physical wellbeing. Think you’re too busy to meditate? Even 5-10 minutes of meditation has been shown to have a positive effect on the body. It all adds up. Can’t deal with the idea of meditating? Grab a colouring book and some pencils and spend 10 minutes colouring in. It’s a fun way to relax and recalibrate.
- Detoxify your home.
The more chemicals we come into contact with, whether it’s in the air, our food and water, skincare products or our household cleaners, the harder the liver has to work to break it all down. Giving the liver a rest by reducing toxins in our environment means the body can be brought back into balance sooner.
You don’t need to become a super clean-eating, om-chanting, blissed out yogi (who’s got time for THAT?) in order to heal your body. You don’t even need to activate your almonds (note: bonus points if you do!). But you do need to become mindful of your body’s delicate balance.
Increased stress = an increased need for nutrients, and an increased need for down time.
Otherwise… inevitable crash and burn. And full blown adrenal fatigue is NOT fun.
Just for a moment, close your eyes. Picture yourself waking up and actually feeling ready to face the day (with a smile!).
Jess has a fabulous program about to launch, Introducing Shiny Healthy You – Fatigued to Fabulous in 12 weeks. An interactive online program especially for tired, burned out women. Hurry – enrolments are closing on the 4th of September! Click here to find out more. Jules’ Facebook page can be found here also
Lastly and deliciously, Jules Galloway shares her Raw Matcha Cheesecake recipe