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Healthy eating for energy, clarity and motivation in your business

Healthy eating - Saskia Fraser

Raw food mentor and life coach Saskia Fraser has some expert tips on how healthy eating can help us run our businesses with more energy:

We all think that we should make more effort to achieve healthy eating, but it’s so much easier said than done, especially when you’re working from home.

Stress, anxiety, boredom and procrastination often drive us to the fridge for distraction and comfort. Our energy levels and concentration dip, so we reach for the coffee or the biscuits to give us a boost.

Most people aren’t fully aware of the effects of what we eat and drink on our energy, clarity and motivation. Refined sugars and carbohydrates (e.g. bread, biscuits, chocolate and sweets) cause blood sugar imbalance and wreak havoc with our emotions and our concentration.

Then the stimulating qualities of caffeine and sugar increase our stress levels and deplete our adrenal systems, causing tiredness and increasing anxiety.

Combined with the toxic overload from rich and fatty foods, our natural energy and vitality becomes greatly depleted. No wonder it’s hard to maintain focus and positivity when we’re at our desks!

So how can you make changes in your food and drink choices to become happier and more effective working from home? Here are my top tips for increasing your energy, clarity and motivation.

Try these simple healthy eating steps for 2 weeks and see what happens!

1. Replace biscuits, toast, chocolate and cake with fresh or dried fruit, vegetable crudités with hummus, or nuts and seeds. Notice your cravings for sugary, starchy foods calm down.

2. Increase your intake of raw fruits and vegetables – have a green smoothie in the morning (click here for my favourite green smoothie and other delicious raw food recipes); eat salad at least once a day. Notice your energy increase.

3. Reduce your coffee or tea down to one cup a day, or less if you can manage it. Drink herbal teas or hot water with a slice of ginger and lemon. Notice your stress levels drop.

4. Replace dairy products (milk, cheese and butter) with almond or oat milk, olive oil and raw nut cheese recipes, or cut dairy products out altogether if you can. Notice your skin looking younger.

5. Always have a big glass of water on your desk – try to drink 2 litres of water a day. Drinking it warm with a squeeze of fresh lemon makes it easier for your body to rehydrate. Dehydration is one of the most common causes of a foggy, unfocused brain, so you’ll notice feeling clearer if you’re hydrated.

As we get older we tend to experience a drop in energy levels and our brain function becomes less sharp. It doesn’t have to be this way! Upgrading your food and drink choices to healthy eating can turn back the clock and get you feeling energetic, vibrant and sharp.

We work from home because we want flexibility and to be in charge of our lives. We want a great quality of life, but low energy caused by unconscious emotional eating and drinking can put a big damper on those dreams.

Reclaim your natural energy, clarity and motivation so you can reap the rewards you dreamed of when you started working from home. Empower yourself – make a start on healthy eating today!

Saskia has helped hundreds of busy working women to experience greater energy, mental clarity and shining self-confidence. Check out her website for free goodies and lots more information about raw food.

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5 Comments on "Healthy eating for energy, clarity and motivation in your business"

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  1. You give some good tips for healthy living. Drinking plenty of water is a must. Substituting dairy with other foods such as almond milk is a very big step towards improving health. Dairy cause so much mucus buildup in the body, which compromises the immune system.

  2. Ali Davies says:

    Thanks for these very important reminders. I really notice the difference in all areas of my life when I am eating healthy or if I have slipped into back habits. Am using your post as a nudge to get back on the case as I always feel so much better.

    • That’s great, Ali 🙂 It must be extra difficult to maintain good habits when you’re learning about new shops and products – hard enough when everything is familiar!

  3. Ali Davies says:

    Learning new shops, products etc has been more tiring than we expected Judy. Been foussing on getting back into healthy habits now that things have settled down a bit and really noticing the difference. Hope all well with you.

    • It must be exhausting. Even moving to a new house within the UK is time-consuming as you learn all the new cupboards, keys, switches etc, where the shops and postbox are, when to put the bins out…
      But it certainly makes you feel alive!
      Let’s say it’s interesting times here!