Could the Tryptophan from your Thanksgiving turkey be making you tired? Or is it the thought (dread) of Black Friday shopping? Well, with a little research it seems that the Tryptophan in turkey is not solely to blame for our after-feast sleepiness. It’s the combo of Tryptophan and carbs (stuffing, mashed potatoes, pie, and so on) that can create the coma-like reaction. That said, you may need a little help boosting your energy the day after the feast. Here are a few simple ideas to help you get moving again:
Nosh on Breakfast
Studies show that people who eat a healthy breakfast have more energy throughout the day. A mix of protein, carbs, and healthy fat is ideal. A yogurt parfait with fruit, nuts, and granola or a smoothie including yogurt, fruit, and protein powder are a of couple quick, yummy energy boosters.
A walk around the block, on a nature trail, or downtown to shop can actually increase your energy. The energy boost from a 10 minute walk can last up to two hours.
Even mild dehydration can make you feel tired. Water can help curb false hunger signals – sometimes your body is just thirsty. Add a little lemon to your water for flavor and a vitamin C boost.
Stretching can increase circulation which can help improve energy levels. There are many resources online to match your health and fitness level. Check out this 15 minute series at realsimple.com. Take a yoga class. Many people feel yoga helps combat fatigue, and boosts energy and mood, as well as countering some of the effects of sitting too much.
Stress can be exhausting. Try to keep a positive outlook, especially if you are out shopping on Black Friday! Make a plan with a reasonable list. I love to shop with a friend to ensure lots of laughs. Plan to get sidetracked with something you enjoy… sipping a yummy latte, browsing a local craft fair or farmer’s market, or a post-shopping trip to a movie or show.