Do You Listen to Your Body?
Daily, we are polluting our bodies with chemicals and ingredients that were not intended for our bodies.
WE WERE NOT DESIGNED TO THROW CRAP INTO OUR BODIES IN THE WAY THAT WE DO.
We “fuel” ourselves with coffee yet, coffee is the one thing making us exhausted and we are all afraid of not having coffee in our lives because we think it helps us.
Since I stopped drinking coffee 4 months ago, I sleep better, I function better and I am generally a happier person. My anxiety has diminished by about 90% – I also think that has a lot do to with quitting alcohol too.
The threat of headaches can be a put-off but honestly, I experienced one headache on day 3. It was the back end of the summer holidays too. I drank lots of fluid including naturally caffeine-free herbal and fruit teas instead.
I gain absolutely nothing by sharing what I have discovered from this, other than passing on good vibes and hoping that if anyone is struggling with addictions such as coffee and alcohol, I have some blog posts that might help you start your journey to the bright side!
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not all cupcakes and rainbows every day, but I am coping with life so much better I used to than when drank and eat the foods I drink that I used to.
So many of us are used to drinking caffeine in order to function. 5 months ago I would have 110% agreed and read something like this and wondered what this crackpot was going on about. “Of course you need caffeine to survive.” How wrong was I? I now listen to my body. Like I said, our bodies were not designed to intake caffeine.
But everyday life can be exhausting, especially if you are a parent. I get that! I am a single mum to twins. But by listening to our bodies, we are better equipped for dealing with life.
Here are my 5 Ways to Combat Tiredness Without The Use of Caffeine
1. Sleep – Yes, totally obvious of course but be disciplined enough to go to bed early as many nights as you can. It’s difficult if you have obligations, children that keep you awake or deadlines, I know all too well. But where possible, try and get as many early nights as possible and practice a good bedtime routine. Excuse the pun, but… “you can’t pour from an empty cup” can you?
Single poor night can increase appetite and slow metabolism, say researchers. Even a single night of missed sleep was found to slow a person’s metabolism the next day, reducing energy expenditure for tasks such as breathing and digestion by between 5% and 20%. The students also had higher levels of blood sugar, appetite-regulating hormones such as ghrelin, and stress hormones such as cortisol after sleep disruption. The sleep loss did not, however, boost the amount of food consumed during the day. Source: The Guardian
2. Drink Water – The first drink you should have in the morning is water. A glass of fresh, cold water usually picks me up instantly. Depends if I have been up with the girls most of the night. I get that it won’t work always, but keep drinking water, it also counts drinking herbal and fruit teas. Your body needs water and we know this.
The amount of water in the human body ranges from 50-75%. The average adult human body is 50-65% water, averaging around 57-60%. The percentage of water in infants is much higher, typically around 75-78% water, dropping to 65% by one year of age. Mental performance and physical coordination start to become impaired before thirst kicks in, typically around 1% dehydration. Sourced from: ThoughtCo
3. Rest – Rest when your body is telling you to. Sometimes, we think that by pushing ourselves through the tiredness is effective but it isn’t. Prioritise what needs doing and everything else can wait until you are rested.
4. Eat Nourishing Food – Another obvious one, but eating fruits and vegetables will naturally boost you. Eating processed and fatty foods will make you feel sluggish and tired. Swap your biscuit or cake with a nice uplifting fruit salad, piece of fruit or garden medley salad.
5. Walk – Take yourself off for a stroll in the fresh air. If you have been sat indoors with the heating on, that will make you feel tired. Get out in the fresh air and breath in the goodness – you’ll soon feel more awake.
Instead of reaching for that cup of coffee, why not attempt the above to see how you get on. There is a lot of support available for ditching caffeine including the amazing Allen Carr book The Easy Way to Quit Caffeine. I haven’t personally read this book but I have read others. The process is the same and I am thrilled I no longer smoke, drink alcohol, drink caffeine and I am virtually sugar free.
I would love to hear how anyone gets on if they decide to take the opportunity of making this healthier lifestyle change. Or, get in touch if you already have – it’s always great to hear from my readers and I appreciate your messages and emails.