I forgot how just three months ago, I needed a nap (sometimes two!) every. Single. Day. Being a mom takes a lot of energy and I want to be present in my son's life. Not mommin from the couch, regardless how squishy and cozy it is! Caring for my son and house involved binge watching The Tudors (I’m obsessed!! I know I’m late!) while relentlessly exhausted, trying to find energy. Liam would lay and play with his toys next to me on the bed while laundry continuously piled.
Coffee was my lifeline, and it would perk me up for a little, until I suffered from that daunting caffeine crash. #pourmeanothercup Then I'd have to weigh if I should pour another cup and deal with possible jitters and anxiety from having too much caffeine, or continue to stare at the ever growing stink of laundry pile. #decisions
Not to mention this was all leading up to the grand finale of the evening, where I was passed out by 8-9 PM. Sorry Thomas, see ya in the morning.
I felt as though I couldn't enjoy my time with my son, the love of my life, my family... My life literally felt as it was passing me by from the comfort of my squishy couch. The worst part, the most precious days of my son's life are flying past me without me being able to fully engage and completely enjoy them. I know this sounds like a pretty whiny post cry me a river, I know, but this was my reality.
I felt like life was just passing me by while I felt too exhausted to participate. After YEARS of dealing with chronic fatigue and then becoming a mom increasing that fatigue x100, I FINALLY have found some freedom! *queue angels singing here*
What has been helping me?
Pretty plainly, being aware of and tending to my gut health. Gut health has definitely become a buzz word lately. But what does this 'gut health' have to do with energy levels? We all know that our food = energy. Not only is a nutritious diet important to give us fuel (duh right?!) BUT if our gut health is compromised, we are not able to properly break down our food's nutrients for energy. If you're wondering if this could be you? Well a staggering approximation of about 70% of Americans are in a state of dysbiosis (where the bad microorganisms outnumber the good in our gut!) The healthy microorganisms in our gut are also responsible for producing certain B-Vitamins, which play important roles in our energy levels. What is more is that our gut is also responsible for creating 90% of the serotonin in our brain- and serotonin is directly linked to our sleep, happiness and motivation- all things that affect our ENERGY! Crazy huh?! Mind. Blown.
So needless to say, I have been working hard to overhaul my gut health. Eating for my gut health, regularly finding time to refresh my spirit to de-stress, and a HUGE thing that has helped me a BOMB probiotic. I regularly take a system of supplements that include a quality probiotic to kill off the BAD microorganisms, an awesomely yummy pink drink to grow the good ones that are already there, and a supplement that ensures that when all that bad gunk dies its being flushed out of my system. SO IMPORTANT To flush out those toxins.
Recipes for gut health with more to come, so don't forget to subscribe! BOMB Probiotic system 7 Day Trial of my pre-biotic (fertilizer for the good bacteria) pink drink.