Exhaustion and Vegetables

by Robin
(USA)

I can remember so clearly how utterly exhausted I was after having my second child. I felt like I was on drugs. I was parenting a 1-year-old, nursing a newborn, working full-time, and I had an excruciatingly long commute to and from work five days a week.

And my symptoms were obvious. I misplaced things, forgot to do things, forgot to go to events--at times, I could hardly formulate a sentence.

Anyway, to make a long story at least a little shorter, I made some changes in my diet that really, really helped. It probably sounds obvious, but I couldn't believe the results when I made these changes.

My acupuncturist recommended green smoothies, and I started having one every morning, BEFORE my coffee even. It took about two minutes to throw some kale, a banana, some frozen berries, and a little water into the blender each morning. And even though I was still very tired, this honestly gave me a little buzz of energy.

I also started eating mostly veggies for lunch. I'm not very creative, so usually it was just something simple like carrots and peanut butter, but I made sure there were veggies involved.

I continued to eat my normal dinners, which were probably not very healthy and probably too large, but I transformed my breakfast and lunch. I won't say this cured me of all that ailed me, but it did allow me to survive those months. And it did give me a tremendous energy boost.

Hope that helps! Eat your veggies! (But you knew that already, right?)

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