Being on a vegan diet does not have to mean that you can’t have the same amount of energy as you did before. In fact, you could achieve MORE!
Think about it: what is it about animal products that gave you any energy? It was probably more a psychological crutch than a verified energy boost. Meat and cheese are offenders when it comes to zapping your energy, especially if they are fried as these make your digestion have to work harder to process their fat content. You don't need animal products to feel the rush of energy that you crave.
- Eat This!
Here are some foods that are bursting with energy to make you feel good: blueberries, beans (yes, really!), strawberries, mangos, spinach, nuts, whole grains, sweet potatoes and refreshing citrus fruits. It can be good to have some of these on the go when you’re in need of a healthy snack and a boost to your energy levels the healthy way.
- Get Moving to Move!
Exercise might not sound like a good solution when you don’t have energy, but once you start moving about a little, you will want to do it more and more. A brisk walk on a fresh morning can do wonders to get you feeling amped to face the day. Exercise also works with your diet: it can help you overcome sugar cravings and it increases the health of your blood vessels which transport nutrients.
- Beat the Blues
You might not realize that the source of your tiredness and/or lack of energy could be down to a bit of depression. If you’re not getting enough Vitamin D, DHA (an omega-3 fat) and B12, you could be feeling low, with pains, aches or extreme tiredness. Try to get some sun exposure to increase your Vitamin D production and eat more fortified foods, such as cereals, to increase your Vitamin B12 and DHA levels. You could also speak to your doctor about possibly taking supplements for these.
- Ditch the Sugar Crash
If you’ve ever experienced a blood sugar low, you’ll know how terrible it can be. You might experience the shakes and feel weak, and if these strike with a vengeance, you might reach for any foods you can - such as chocolate, cakes or sweets - to get your sugar up, without realizing that these will just make you feel flat later. Slow-release carbohydrates are important, especially if you have a low glycaemic index, because they will keep your blood sugar under control. Try sweet potatoes, oats, barley and quinoa.
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