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
Stop dieting!Chronic dieters are no fun to be around: They're always cranky because their hunger is up and their energy levels are down. That's because traditional dieting revolves around restrictions and deprivations: Rather than a constant flow of energy, you experience highs and lows. Then, when you can't resist the cupcake's siren song any longer, you binge -- which sends your body into an energy tailspin.
Mom energy advice: Be a better mom to yourself. "You'd never let your kids out of house with just coffee in the morning, or serve them low-quality food," Koff says. "Why not hold the same standards for yourself?" Rather than diet, focus on better quality nutrition. Shoot for a balanced combo of carbs, protein, and fat at every meal and snack -- it's your best shot at sustained energy. And remember, all calories are not created equal: A 100-calorie pack of sandwich creme cookies won't fuel you nearly as well as 150 calories' worth of low-fat Greek yogurt.