A Whale of a JobPosted: July 3, 2010
Apparently, I’m not the only one that’s willing to perform for food 😉
Throw some good chow at me, I’d do backflips too.
I think they’re trying to do the Bow pose 😉
I was ready to bust out some yoga when I got home as well. I swear, taking kids on field trips is so stressful. I finish up one head count and start all over again!
Staying on the heels of 47 children with the energy equivalent of a certain battery mascot hopped up on steroids, sugar, and Red Bull takes a LOT of focus and fuel!
Whether you’re wrangling kidlets, tackling a merger, or putting in the night shift, your life deserves all the oomph you can muster! There’s no room for the fuzzy, dizzy, unfocused feeling of fatigue!
How to Fight Fatigue (and win!)
- Eye the Index. The glycemic index, that is. All the technical jumbo makes it seem harder than it is; the jist of it, though, is that easily digestible carbs (think white and refined) release glucose immediately and spike your blood sugar but burn off too quickly to give your body any sustained energy. Meanwhile, unrefined carbs with a low glycemic index such as whole wheat breads, sweet potatoes, and spelt have much more staying power. Low GI foods have an absolute value of 55 or less, while those with a medium rating have numbers under 69. Shoot for foods in these two groups for the best chances of long-term energy. Check out Glycemic Edge’s glycemic index chart for an extensive list of index values.
- Don’t shun the Starbucks… Yes, I’m Team Caffeine. For all the bad rap it’s gotten, it can serve as a potent catalyst when used as a tool, not a crutch. Instead of running on a pot a day, strategically use your Americano consumption to give you an occasional jolt; just remember, the effects are best when your body isn’t used to operating on in non-stop.
- …but chug more than coffee. You know you’re in bad shape when you’re okay with paying $8 for a fruit juice and $3 for a bottle of Aquafina. As pissy as we were about it, that was the scenario the teachers found ourselves in at Seaworld, but what else can you do? Thirst and fatigue have been proven to go hand in hand, and the effects intensify in the heat – yet another reason to down those fluids!
- Move it or Lose it. Sometimes when all you want to do is curl up and nap, all that’s going to help is doing the exact opposite. I was slumping over a picnic bench dreaming of some shut-eye in the school bus when a student ran up, grabbed me by the hand, and challenged me to a race up the Happy Harbor obstacle course. By the time we collapsed onto the rope bridge in a fit of giggles, I was pumped! Chasing him for a high-paced five minutes chased away my grogginess for the rest of the afternoon. Sneak in a quick run, a stroll around the block, or even just a few minutes of jumping jacks to get the blood flowing back to your brain.
- Be an Iron (Wo) Man. It’s not just for pumping. Iron produces hemoglobin, which brings oxygen to your cells, which in turn manafactures energy. When iron is insufficient, resulting in one of the 400+ forms of anemia, fatigue emerges as the key symptom. Vegetarians can struggle to get enough iron, yet through eggs, spinach, enriched cereals, beans, and even oatmeal, quality non-heme sources are abundant.
- Get quality sleep. Even if you can technically claim a solid seven hours of bed rest per night, are these hours producing real rest? Certain light emissions from electronics and pre-pillow caffeination can make solid sleep fleeting. Challenging as it is, step away from the technology (and the tea!) in the three hours before crawling into bed.
What are your go-to tricks for staying awake, short of using toothpicks to prop your eyes open?
Hope you’re having a wonderful, energized weekend! Get out there, live it up, and be sure to pop in tomorrow for my very first giveaway!