I am one tired Mama! Happy, but very, very tired. Thankfully, the lovely people at Nutri Advanced have invited me to trial their 30 day energy boost programme, and the timing couldn’t be more perfect.
Since becoming a Mum at the end of July my previous routine has well and truly disappeared, and my current one obviously revolves around my daughter. This has meant that my diet is all over the place, as is my sleep schedule. I am permanently exhausted and have seemingly forgotten how to look after myself properly. I’m not complaining, that’s just how things are for the moment. So this opportunity to work with Nutri Advanced is very welcomed. It means finding the time to read through the programme, plan my food and be a little bit selfish even for just a few minutes each day.
Before starting the programme there is a health symptoms questionnaire to complete, and my results make for pretty bad reading! I have to fill the questionnaire in again at the end of the 30 days, so it will be interesting to see if there is any difference. Fingers crossed!
There are 5 essential principles to stick through during the programme, which are:
- Reduce caffeine and alcohol intake by half
- Set a consistent going to bed and waking routine
- Aim to do 30 minutes of exercise 3 times per week
- Take MegaMag Energen Plus daily
- Follow the Top 5 Food Tips and stick to energy-increasing foods
After 9 months of almost no caffeine I have to say I’ve enjoyed drinking full strength tea, but there’s no difference in the taste of decaf tea or coffee, so I’m hoping that won’t be too difficult. I am expecting headaches though! My going to bed and waking up time revolve around my daughter, who is fairly consistent. More sleep would always be good, but I have to be realistic with what’s possible. I take her out for a walk every day, for at least 30 minutes, so that won’t be a problem. I do want to get back to my gym routine, but again this will take time. I have just started taking the MegaMag Energen Plus. It comes in both raspberry and orange flavour. I have the raspberry and it’s not too bad when mixed with water. I have used MegaMag Energen Plus before but this time there is a full programme to follow, so although I had good results last time, due to my current circumstances, I am very interested to see how I get on.
The top 5 food tips are:
- Start the day with breakfast and aim to eat every 2-3 hours, made up of 3 meals and 2-3 snacks
- Choose energy-increasing foods
- Drink more water – 1.5 – 2 litres of fresh filtered water per day
- Get sugar savvy
- Choose energy-boosting combos
These tips are all things I know I should do, but can honestly say I don’t stick to. This is why this programme is going to be really useful for me, as it’s a daily reminder of what I should be aiming to do to help me. It may sound silly, but I don’t think I’m eating enough, so the idea of eating so often is quite daunting. I’ve never been someone who ‘forgets’ to eat, but at the moment finding time to make something nutritious is difficult. Let’s be honest, toast is quick and convenient and you can eat it with one hand, something you become very good at when you’re constantly attached to a baby. But this needs to change. I know the way I am eating is contributing to my level of tiredness, and I also know that more colourful and fresh foods will improve this.
So, for the next month I will be sticking to the programme as much as possible. I will be honest now and say I’m sure it won’t always go to plan and I’ll miss things as my brain seems to have permanently left me, but I will keep you updated on my progress. I have some great recipes to try, and will post the results of these when I get round to making some of them!
Wish me luck, and send energetic thoughts my way!