Sunday, October 09, 2005

Top 10 Ways to Increase your Natural Energy

1. Get 8 hours sleep a night.
This is one of the main requirements of the body and will enable you to be at your best. Wear your favourite pyjamas and have the window slightly ajar so you are breathing fresh air.

2. Eat 5 portions of fruit and veg a day.
Try to have one item of each of the following colours: green, purple, yellow, red, orange so that you get a variety of vitamins, minerals and bioflavanoids. Eat as much raw as possible to get the most vitamins, minerals and enzymes.

3. Laugh 30 times a day.
Laughing boosts the immune system and your energy!

4. Spend 15 minutes a day doing nothing or meditating.
This does wonders for your creativity and recharges your batteries, giving you inner peace for the rest of the day.

5. Walk outside in the fresh air for 15 minutes a day.
This clears your mind and burns some calories at the same time! Bonus point - if it is sunny, this will top up your vitamin D!

6. Exercise aerobically for at least 20 minutes 3 times a week.
Make sure you include a warm-up and a cool-down and stretches. The best way to ensure you are working at the right pace is to wear a heart rate monitor.

7. Do 1 hour of strength training a week.
This can be an hour strengthening class or two or three weight-training sessions.

8. Spend time with loved ones and animals.
Feeling loved and happy is a great immune system booster!

9. Smile!
There is research that has shown that smiling at yourself in the mirror for 20 minutes at a time can improve depression - even if it is forced!

10. Drink 1.5 - 2 litres of water a day.
Bonus point - add a few drops of freshly squeezed lemon for extra vitality and energy! And you will get some vitamin C too!

© 2005 Susie Kong

Raw Foods

There are many ways to easily increase the amount of raw fruit and vegetables in your diet. This is the best way to hydrate your cells and to obtain the necessary vitamins and minerals your body needs to function optimally.

When we eat fruit and vegetables raw versus cooked, they contain more vitamins, minerals and digestive enzymes and are much better for our bodies. They therefore give us more energy and are easier to digest than cooked food.

The simplest way to add more raw food into your diet is to substitute raw snacks instead of coffee, chocolate, crisps etc. Here are a few easy ways to increase your intake of raw foods:
  • Take chopped celery (bite-sized) in a bag to munch on at work.
  • Take some topped and tailed radishes as snacks at work.
  • Just eat an apple!
  • Chop up a banana and pop on top of your breakfast.
  • Add a chopped avocoado into your sandwich at lunchtime.
  • Plop a load of strawberries or raspberries or blueberries in some yoghurt for a healthy desert or midday snack.
  • Cut some raw carrots into battons or just peel, top and tail and take as a snack for the day.
  • Make up your own raw nut, seed and dried fruit mix - add walnuts, almonds, brazil nuts, dried mango, any other raw dried fruit, raisins, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds - put in all your favourite stuff!
  • Try raw asparagus tips dipped in sour cream or with cottage cheese

Here are some websites that have some great raw recipes:

Good luck with your experimentation with raw foods!

© 2005 Susie Kong

Susie Kong

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My name is Susie Kong. I am an Energy Coach and help busy people bring easy heathier habits into their life. I have coach training from CoachU (CoachU graduate) and Coachville.

To your health!