In our training we focus on our physical conditioning, nutrition, hydration, and our mental game. But how much do we incorporate sleep into our training plan? Sleep is just as important a component in our training as any.
Here are 10 ways sleep can lead to improved performance and well being for athletes:
1. Overall improved health
2. Less risk of injury
3. Quicker reaction times and faster reflexes
4. Better accuracy
5. Clearer focus and mental acquity
6. Less stress
7. Better recovery
8. Enhanced mood
9. Improved motor skills and coordination
10. More energy
Do you find your sleep affects your training and performance?
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I had allllllll the veggies going on in meal prep today. Feels SO GOOD knowing all our meals are now prepped and ready for a super nutrient filled and savory week! 😊Yes, it takes awhile, but it makes every day afterward so much more open and I can be much more productive with my time! I even showed you a sneak peak into my pantry in my IG stories which I've never done and wasn't planning on doing until you accidentally got a peak when I had to go turn off the fire alarm 😳
Tell me, what questions do you have about meal prep? What about food or nutrition in general? As a functional medicine nurse practitioner, I've learned a few things over the years and would love to hear from you and answer your ?s!
🍉**GIVEAWAY TIME**🍉 .
I'm excited to giveaway 5 Life-Changing Foods books written by the #1 New York Times Best-Selling author Anthony William @medicalmedium.✨ These books were by favorite x-mas gifts to gift last year, (& this year as well), because they contain so much valuable information about so many healing foods, foods that can heal your body, emotions, & spirit!🍓 In our house, we call it the Food & Health Bible. I’ll quote about how Bananas, for example, help us at an emotional level:
“Bananas strengthen the core of who we are, encouraging us to peel back our false shields and expose our true selves. They can help reverse a state of mind that is saturated with fear (eating three or more a day can help reduce PTSD), and they help us express our true desire to be productive, overcoming procrastination and other unproductive behaviors in the process. If you think a friend is holding on to resentment, offer her or him a banana, and it will help dissolve the feelings of ill will.” .
These books were generously gifted to me by @medicalmedium, and I am honored to pass on the love.
So, would you like one of these precious books?
1) Follow @foodsinmykitchen, & @medicalmedium.
2) Tag 3 friends who could benefit from these books.
Giveaway is open to USA & Canada, and ends on Monday Dec 18th.
Winners will be chosen randomly, & I wish you all the best of luck!👍👍
I woke up regular people sick this morning with a sore throat and a stuffy/runny nose. Then later on in the day I got super bad abdominal pain and an upset stomach. I’ve been shaky for a few hours (worse than my normal shakiness) and I’m having a lot of muscle twitching. I’ve been laying in bed for a least an hour without getting up and I can feel that my heart is beating fast so I just checked and it’s 124. I’m literally laying down. And even though it’s beating so fast I’m super fatigued, like way worse then normal. Ughhh
Postpartum Thyroid Dysfunction- Part 2
How low thyroid hormone may compromise your milk supply!
Knowing if you have a thyroid issue becomes much more complicated during the postpartum period. The symptoms of an under active thyroid gland often mimic very common complaints in the postpartum period- fatigue, feeling depressed, constipation, weight gain and feeling intolerance to cold. You can see how these complaints are often brushed under the rug and attributed to "don't worry, it's normal- you just had a baby!".
But another symptom that could indicate there may be an issue with your thyroid is low milk supply.
Thyroid hormones play a role in the regulation of oxytocin and prolactin-crucial hormones in lactation that help drive the production of milk and also your let-down reflex. If you are struggling to make a full milk supply you may want to consider asking your doctor for lab work to check your thyroid hormones.
If diagnosed with hypothyroidism you can continue to breastfeed safely with the medications used as a thyroid hormone replacement and this may help to increase your milk supply!
One side note: If you have either an overactive or underactive thyroid gland it's advised to avoid anything containing fenugreek as it has the potential to alter your thyroid hormones, in particular T3. It's always advisable to seek the help and guidance from an experienced IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) who can help you navigate the challenges of low milk supply!
I talk about gut health A LOT!! Mostly because of what it’s done for me and my friends and family.
But you know what!?!?! I didn’t even know I had bad gut health 🤷🏼♀️🤷🏼♀️ I didn’t really struggle with tummy issues, pooped fairly regularly (or so I thought), and never was bloated per se.
But what I didn’t have was
-#fatigue ..... like the kind where I needed a daily nap. -skin #breakouts .... I mean seriously.... I thought that was supposed to stop at some point
-i craved #sugar ..... I had taught myself to refrain from eating it..... but the cravings were definitely there
-I was addicted to #caffeine ..... see fatigue comment above
-and no matter how hard I exercised or dieted..... there was still a layer of fluff on top of all my muscle.
Y’all, these are gut health issues!! ALL OF THEM! And there are SO MANY other health issues that are directly related to gut health (allergies, anxiety, auto immune issues.... the list is ginormous). The balance of bacteria in your GI tract is incredibly important to your overall health..... and I’d be willing to bet that yours is #outofbalance !
So take a minute to consider if gut health might be the missing link in your health journey! Even the fittest of #fitpeeps can still have gut health issues! Why not give yourself the gift of balance to start out your #healthgoals in 2018!! Y’all know I’m an open book! Let’s talk!