January 18, 2018

Balance College Stress – Natural Energy Booster #3 – Back off the sugar!

Felicia Harlow - Balance College Stress - Natural Energy Booster #3

You know you eat them. They’re a staple in any college diet: cold cereals, ketchup, hot dogs, chocolate, pop, cakes, cookies, donuts and other foods loaded with sugar, high fructose corn syrup or aspartame.  If you’ve ever attempted to remove sugar from your diet for even a short period of time and gotten a headache… chances are you’re a sugarholic. Some additional symptoms include  ‘the shakes,’ depression, inability to focus or study, even overall crabbiness and arguments with your roommate.

If you are anything like me when I first tried to remove it from my diet, you seriously considered getting back on the sugar fix pronto! Yes, I decided that I wanted to keep sweet stuff “in the mix” even though so many people advised otherwise. I know how hard it is to give up something you absolutely love. So, for the purposes of today’s energy booster, I will focus on strategies that help you adjust what you are already consuming, OK?

In strategy #1, we focused on how much you can boost your energy just by focusing on your breath and in strategy #2; we explored the idea of listening to your body and responding appropriately to its requests.

Stress-buster, Energy-booster # 2 is Adjust Your Sugar Intake

I know, I know you’ve heard experts say to “reduce your sugar intake” a thousand times over again! This time though, we are focusing on adjusting your sugar intake, not going cold turkey! Besides, it does provide energy. And you certainly need energy for making it through all-nighters, long lectures, frat parties and road trips to other campuses. Let’s face it, sugar is oh so sweet to the palette and is to be enjoyed!

The key is to make sugar choices that enhance your vitality rather than deplete it.

You can actually consume some sugar that supports you body and mind. Some ideas to help you get started on your road to adjusting your sugar intake include:

  • Use agave nectar in your coffee or tea instead of honey because it doesn’t spike blood sugar levels like honey does,
  • Eat real raw chocolate from the cacao plant (minus added refined sugar) because it enhances heart energy,
  • Choose fruit for an “in between class” snack instead of chips & salsa or crackers (yes, chips and crackers have sugar in them, just check the labels!),
  • Drink 8-16oz. of water first thing in the morning because it reduces your feeling of hunger which will lead you to make food choices that may not be so energizing!

Adjust your sugar intake by making responsible choices. When you decide to create just a small shift in the way you consume sugar, you feel better, study better, think clearly, and ultimately boost your energy!

Take Care of Yourself,
♥ Felicia
“Living a Growth in Motion™ Lifestyle”



Introduction to Mindful Breathing by Felicia Harlow

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About the Author: Felicia Harlow (43 Posts)

Felicia Harlow, the Heart Ecologist, Life Coach, & College Speaker, teaches women and students how to empower themselves through self care, heart awareness, and self direction. She encourages students to embrace her 4 step Growth in Motion Process™, starting with the Growth in Motion Oath™ and applying it by living a Growth in Motion lifestyle! Felicia is available to speak at campus events year round to help BRING BALANCE TO YOUR STUDENTS LIVES.

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