Change Of Season Sleepiness? I Got You!

If the change of season is making you unusually sleepy and with low energy this year, try to incorporate the following wellness practices into your day and feel yourself again 

  • Consume most of your animal proteins for breakfast and lunch, avoiding their consumption in the evening. Dinner should be mainly based on good-quality carbohydrates (such as grains, legumes and legume pasta). Structuring your meals this way will optimize your metabolism and promote good, restful sleep.

  • Reduce your caffeine intake to two cups of matcha or coffee per day (maximum 150-200mg of caffeine/day). Also, concentrate your caffeine intake during the morning to avoid interfering with sleep (as it can take even 7 hours to metabolize and completely eliminate caffeine from the body). Finally, remember to drink matcha or coffee only after introducing a protein-rich meal to not negatively affect your hormonal balance, which would also ‘mess up’ energy levels.

  • Eat savory breakfasts. Try my high-protein crêpes with avocado smash and arugula, fried sage and oregano or ricotta and extra virgin olive oil. Or go for a tasty egg bowl with fried eggs, veggies (ideally dark leafy greens), some beans and avocado. 

  • Make 3 of your lunches per week seafood-based. Fish is rich in iodine and will support your metabolism and your nervous system, optimizing energy levels throughout the day.

  • Optimize nerve and muscle relaxation in the evening by introducing potassium-rich foods for dinner. Try brown rice with sautéed zucchini, parsley and 1 teaspoon of pine nuts, or teff pasta with hemp seed pesto (pesto here is functional because it contains basil, an adaptogenic plant), or cream of potatoes, zucchini and leeks with 1 teaspoon pumpkin seeds.

  • Drink nettle tea to supply the body with iron to optimize blood flow while supporting energy levels.

  • Supplement 300mg of Magnesium Glycinate per day. Take it before going to sleep.

  • Lower cortisol levels with acupuncture, yoga, meditation, infrared sauna and avoiding exposure to blue light (electronic) before going to sleep.

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