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Energy Boosting Food

I don’t know about you but my energy levels are all over the place at the moment. If you’re looking to give them a boost try incorporating these five energy boosting foods into your diet.

1. Green Tea
If you’re out and about it’s always tempting to have one of those super delicious flavoured coffees, but step back!! They are so calorific and they contain a heap of sugar. They taste amazing and you’ll feel awake after drinking it but then your energy levels will crash, and we all know what that looks like. Opt for a green tea and you’ll be amazed at the difference, it will help you to maintain steady energy levels because it’s packed with natural antioxidants. Try and drink three to five cups a day to notice a difference.

2. Bananas
There’s a reason why athletes eat bananas and it’s because they’re a great energy source. They are also really good for your skin as they are contain skin-improving minerals. Pop one in your bag for a snack or blend one in your morning or afternoon smoothie.

3. Oats
Avoid those sugary cereals in a morning, they are tempting and tasty but contain a serious amount of sugar. Eating a portion of oats drizzled with some honey or topped with strawberries or blueberries is a much healthier option. Oats are a fantastic way of providing your body with slow-release energy throughout the day.

4. Dark chocolate
I’ve stopped buying milk chocolate because it’s too tempting to eat the whole bar. I now buy dark chocolate and just have one square which is pretty much all you need to feed your sweet tooth. Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants that boost your energy levels and your mood. The darker the chocolate the better!

5. Quinoa
This wholegrain is so good for you. It’s high in protein, complex carbs, fibre and B vitamins, and it’s also known to help lower stress levels. Add some to a salad or have a portion with some chicken or fish.

Two Wolves
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Thought for the week

Being positive can be a huge stumbling block and over the last couple of years I have to admit I have struggled with it. Over the years I have come to the conclusion that being positive is actually fairly easy, it’s just whether you choose to do it or not. It really is as simple as that.

If you think back to a time when you’ve felt negative you’ll realise it took much more energy feeling and thinking like that. It’s not tiring or exhausting thinking in a positive frame of mind. Moaning and being grumpy is part of our make up but don’t let it take over.

I was introduced to a cherokee legend called the Two Wolves and I can honestly say it’s changed my outlook on things. It goes a little something like this…

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

For me this sums it all up. Being surrounded by positive people is a blessing so be grateful and take on board the positive thoughts that other people give you, but actually the one person that can really make you have a more positive outlook on life is you.

Feed the good wolf and life will get a little brighter, a little less difficult and you will see if you look around, you have everything there and life isn’t all that bad. Life is too short to feed the bad wolf.

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How to deal with an off day

When an off day strikes it can be pretty rubbish. I’ve had one today and I can’t wait for Tuesday to show its face. Yes I know I shouldn’t be wishing the rest of my day away.

Sometimes a crappy day can start from the minute you wake up. If this is the case action is needed to ensure your whole day isn’t a complete right off. Here’s five ways you can turn that off day into a pretty decent day.

Stick the radio on 

Music is known to make you feel better so instead of tuning into the TV whilst you’re getting ready listen to some music instead.

Share it

If there is something on your mind that’s making you feel crappy talk it through with someone you trust. When you’re stressed out and feeling on edge or depressed it can effect your stomach too. The New York Times reported that prolonged stress can effect the digestive system and irritate the large intestine making you feel super ichy. Talk your problems over with a friend and you’ll start to feel better.

Look at something funny

Laughing is pretty good therapy. I always look at videos of my niece when I’m in need of a pick me up. If you don’t have a funny video on hand google yawning puppies – it’s always a crowd-pleaser and I will guarantee you’ll feel better afterwards.

Take a shower

So you obviously can’t do this in the middle of the afternoon in the office but if you wake up and feel crappy head straight for a shower. Don’t be tempted to have a really hot one though, a warm shower with bursts of cold water for 20 seconds is ideal for getting your circulation going and washing away those negative thoughts.

Avoid social media 

We can thank social media for reuniting us with old friends and keeping us in touch with current one, but studies show checking social media triggers depression because we end up comparing ourselves to everyone else. Have a break from Facebook and Twitter and only check them when you have to.