My daughter figured out how to climb out of her crib late last week. As a result, she has been getting up in the middle of the night and getting up early almost every morning. Because I’m a light sleeper, her noises are waking me up, along with waking up our two year old who shares her bedroom.
None of this makes for a happy, energized Mommy! The Shaklee CorEnergy supplement has been incredibly helpful; I have more energy than I normally would because of it. However, because I’m tired, I find myself munching on food for more energy. I haven’t been drinking extra caffeine because it does create a bad reaction in my body the next day.
When I received the August 2010 Parents issue, I realized that there were foods that I could eat to help my body get through this week or two until my daughter got tired of climbing out of her crib. I’ve already tried using yogurt as a stress buster and I have always found that eating an egg yolk helps elevate my mood.
Here’s my crib notes from the article:
Oatmeal – increases serotonin, but doesn’t break down as easily as sugar in your blood stream so no roller coaster effect
Fiber-filled carbs like apples and carrots can also alleviate tension
Mixed Nuts – high in selenium, a mineral that helps elevate mood; Egg Yolks, Fish, Shellfish, and Poultry also have this mineral
Whole Grain Cereal like Cheerios or Raisin bran – good sources of B vitamins all of which help the brain produce serotonin, also bananas, poultry and spinach (I would check the ingredients for high fructose corn syrup and corn syrup because these will help give a sugar high and then low)
Green Tea – amino acid theanine which reduces tension and anxiety, though best to drink in the morning or early afternoon because of the caffeine
Berries – Blueberries and Strawberries, in particular, protect the blood vessels in the brain from inflammation, they have the flavonoid, anthocyanins, which protect your body from free radicals
Onions, Apples, Red Wine and Grapefruit have the flavonoid, quercetin, with the same anti-inflammatory property
Dark Chocolate and Cocoa have flavonoids which help reduce inflammation
Legumes – help reduce cholesterol – use soluble fiber-rich foods like beans, peas, and lentils
Fish – omega-3 – help reduce levels of cortisol which is the fight or flight hormone, help relax blood vessels and lower blood pressure; foods fortified with DHA such as certain yogurts, milk, and eggs can do this, too
Yogurt and Milk – has amino acid tryptophan which helps produce serotonin and relaxes you