Let’s face it—college days can be long and busy. Not only does class take up time, but so do extracurricular activities, internships, papers, studying, and social time. The long days can leave you winded and lethargic.
Here are the top 5 ways to keep your energy high—naturally. Ditch the coffee and try these tips instead:
1. Reduce or eliminate caffeine. Caffeine is a chemical found in coffee that is similar to a drug. It can give you ups and downs, leaving you dependent on it for stable energy. This can cause many health conditions later on including chronic dehydration, caffeine addiction, and adrenal fatigue. Try reducing or eliminating coffee and notice how you feel. If you like the coffee taste, a great alternative is Teeccino, which is a caffeine-free herbal coffee. It won’t give you the crash coffee does, and it is delicious!
2. Make morning or afternoon smoothies a ritual. When you are craving energy, your body is really lacking something. While caffeine and sugar keep your body lacking, natural energy in the forms of fruits and vegetables give your body the sustained energy it’s looking for. Try making morning or afternoon smoothies for the boost you need!
3. Replace the sugary snacks with healthier snacks. Here are some great snacks on-the-go: nuts, dried fruit, Larabars, rice cakes, fresh fruit, 70 percent dark chocolate squares, yogurt, dates, edamame, and tortilla chips.
4. Stay hydrated. I call water the “original energy soda.” Most college students are chronically dehydrated. Invest in a water bottle to carry around throughout the day. This will help curb your cravings and keep you energized.
5. Take time for yourself. Remember to find activities and things you enjoy doing. This will help naturally restore your energy because you are spending time doing what you enjoy!
Lindsey Smith, known as the “food mood girl” works with people who have a habit of looking to food for all the wrong nutrients: comfort, reward, fun and acceptance. Through speaking and coaching she motivates, equips and inspires people to sort out their relationships with food so they can live a healthy, balanced life. She is also the author of “Junk Foods & Junk Moods: Stop Craving and Start Living!” Connect with Smith via her Web site, www.FoodMoodGirl.com, on Facebook and Twitter @LindseySmithHHC.