Hey New Mom! 7 Simple Ways to Keep Your Energy Up
If that venti Americano never seems to get the job done, read on. These tips work just as well as that full night's sleep you're not going to get any time soon
Skip the saltOur minds and mouths crave the one-two salt-sugar punch: Ever notice how you crave something sweet soon after indulging in something salty? Not only is sodium dehydrating, which can leave you feeling sluggish, but the spike in blood sugar that follows a cookie or ice cream sandwich is always followed by a crash.
Mom energy advice: Skip the soy sauce with your Salmon Skin Handroll and you won't find yourself driving to the fro-yo store afterward. Experiment with salternatives, says Koff, seasoning your meals with basil, oregano, and rosemary. "Herbs have anti-inflammatory properties, so they act like little energy optimizers in your body," Koff notes. Some other potent salt stand-in kitchen staples: Mustard, fresh lemons, balsamic and red wine vinegar, chilies, pepper, and garlic. Beware of canned and packaged foods, which are often loaded with sodium.
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