Need Renewable Energy?article by deborah johnson
Need more renewable energy? Renewable energy is collected from sources that are naturally replenished. In our atmosphere, they are sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves and geothermal heat.
All those sources of energy provide the necessary elements for our lives, such as air and water. Through the decades we have added electricity, heating, cooling, and transportation. In your life, you need renewable energy for your daily tasks to sustain your health for work, play, and creativity.
Good nutrition and exercise are imperative for gaining energy. When I send my body to the gym early in the morning, it doesn’t feel like I’m gaining energy. My mind usually shows up about halfway through my workout. However, the steady energy I gain throughout my day is partly because showing up for a workout.
What to Eat or Drink before a Workout
There are many opinions of what to eat or drink before a workout. I take a small amount of my favorite protein powder, and mix it in pure cranberry juice. It sweetens the juice and I get a small protein boost, so as not to lose muscle mass. (Not that I work out that hard!)
I’ve been advised from my husband and son (Who as a personal trainer gained 30 lbs. of muscle creating the right diet and workout routine) that you need protein and a little fructose before and after a workout. Working out burns carbs or fat and most of us want to burn fat. The protein is a fat-burner!
After your muscles are ignited, they look to protein for repair. Understand you don’t need to be lifting huge amounts of weight or running long-distances for this to happen. In fact, light weights and interval training are of greatest value for women, especially at halftime. Yoga is also an excellent choice.
The Value of a Regular Diet and Enough Sleep
There is also great value in a regular nutritional diet. I have provided free downloads, including a lifestyle and nutritional goals you may find interesting. The nutritional timing chart is especially interesting and based on my son Daniel’s diet. As a busy attorney, he still eats the right foods and has also kept his muscle mass. He also works out regularly, but usually never more than an hour.
Keeping a regular diet and sleep schedule is tough for those who travel. It is also tough when working later than usual. My early morning body alarm clock dings whether or not I’ve worked a late gig or am traveling in a different time zone. I understand the challenges of getting enough quality sleep and the temptation of eating more than my share of fried food to gain energy. Those sweet potato fries tempt me often!
Planning ahead as much as possible is very helpful. I always bring my own snacks on planes. I may eat their peanuts, but can pass up the crackers and sugary drinks filling my own water bottle and bringing my favorite protein bars. (usually containing dark chocolate!)
The Diabetes Scare
If you’re always tired and not well rested, it’s difficult to keep a positive mindset and build momentum. Take an honest look at your schedule and personal habits. It may help to replace your devices with a good book at least thirty minutes before bedtime to help you fall asleep. Your routine will be different than mine or anyone else’s. Even a calming herbal tea or bath may help you.
According to the CDC, (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), 30.3 million Americans, or nearly 1 in 10, have diabetes. 84.1 million American adults, approximately 1 in 30, have Prediabetes. Over half of new diabetes cases were in adults 45-64 years old, which is halftime! Whether you are a woman or man at halftime, pay attention to your diet, exercise and sleep to keep replenishing your renewable energy! The benefits you gain will far outweigh any adjustment and revision in your lifestyle!article by deborah johnson