It is very common for our energy to take a dip and cravings for sugar, salt, and caffeine to rise mid-afternoon. By 3pm you’ve already put in a full day – you likely got yourself and the kids ready for work and school, made breakfast and lunches, cleaned the kitchen, worked out, answered emails, completed tasks, had meetings, ran errands, and more.
Think about everything you do in the first 8 hours of your day! We exert a lot of energy, mental focus and have secreted and used up so much cortisol and other stress hormones to manage our day.
What we could all benefit from at this time of day is a cat nap! Most of us can’t or don’t take it, and so we crave sugar, salty snacks and caffeine for the pick-me-up we need to keep going for another 8 hours!
There are some key nutritional strategies however that can help manage your energy and help you to be more resilient and adaptive to stress and to prevent that cortisol from dipping too low mid-day.
5. To accompany your snack, also add in an adrenal supporting tea like Licorice Root tea.
6. Enjoy a balanced dinner of protein, steamed or roasted veg and a root vegetable (squash, yam, sweet potato)
7. Finish your day with a cup of calming herbal tea. I like Stress Soother from Traditional Medicinal Teas.
8. Insert a calming self-care practice like an Epsom salt bath, meditation, stretching, breathe work, sauna, games with your family, puzzling, reading, etc. Whatever you love that makes you feel relaxed.
If you take care of your adrenals throughout the day you will experience maximized energy, productivity, mental acuity and feel emotionally poised and have less cravings.
Yours in health & vitality,