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Whether you’re a seasoned mom with a minivan and five kids or a first-time parent, we all have one thing in common: feeling like every ounce of energy has been sucked right out of us. Long days and sleepless nights become the norm, and when that happens, it’s tempting to reach for caffeine or your go-to sugary pick-me-up treat. While all of these things seem like satisfying strategies at the moment, they will not successfully sustain your energy for a busy life.
No matter your family size, agenda or the number of diapers to be changed, try these ten foods and tips to gain long-lasting energy—and keep your tank full all day long.
Keeping your blood sugar stable, dark green leafy veggies are a nutrient-packed superfood high in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and folate. My top pick of leafy greens includes spinach, kale, broccoli, and arugula. Try adding them to a morning smoothie to kick-start your day!
The importance of adding omegas to your diet can be pivotal. The levels of omegas in salmon help to decrease blood sugar levels, balance and sustain energy and help you feel full longer. Also, research shows that low levels of omegas are linked to fatigue, mood swings as well as depression.
No more low-fat, fat-free foods. We now know those good healthy fats are critical not only for brain health for you and baby but they also help stabilize blood sugar and digestion. When your gas tank is low, reach for an avocado and stuff it with tuna or salmon for a quick boost. Nuts, flax seeds, chia seeds, and sardines all benefit your body by absorbing the nutrients, naturally keeping your energy up from sunup to sundown.
Oatmeal is one of the easiest and most delicious meals! A personal favorite, this superfood contains the healthy type of carbohydrates that are an excellent source of energy. Providing nutrients like vitamin B, thiamine, folate and niacin, oats help metabolize the energy in your body. Plus, you can customize your oatmeal. Try throwing in whatever ingredients you like—sliced almonds, walnuts, fresh berries—for a high-fiber, nutrient-rich breakfast or snack.
An antioxidant powerhouse, berries are low on the glycemic (sugary) food list. Not only do berries help to boost nutrient absorption and maintain blood sugar levels for sustained energy, there are no sugary highs and lows. A perfect snack when paired with a handful of nuts, yogurt or mid-day green energy smoothie, fresh berries are an easy addition to your daily diet.
It can be a challenge in itself to stay hydrated, so it’s time to ditch dehydration. Water is a powerhouse for the body, and your cells require water to work properly. H2O helps to metabolize proteins and carbohydrates, aiding in the release of toxins in the body. This function supports a boosted immune system and in turn, gives you energy.
A great source of iron and protein, grass-fed meat is higher in antioxidants than traditional meat and is high in carnitine—a driver in mitochondrial, fatty acid transfer. It is also much leaner than it’s traditional counterpart, with grass-fed beef having about 50% more omega-3 fatty acids than standard beef.
Easy to cook and a great source of protein, egg yolks have a lot of Vitamin D which helps boost energy as well as strength—something every mom needs. Make hard-boiled eggs for a grab-and-go snack, as a topping on your favorite salad, or add a fried egg to a burrito bowl for extra protein.
Bone broth is trending, but the benefits far outweigh its popularity. From healing gut issues to supporting a healthy immune system, bone broth is good for muscles, bones, hair, skin, and nails. Nutrient-rich bone broth also provides an outstanding source of fat, protein, and collagen. The process of allowing the bone broth to simmer anywhere from 8-24 hours helps fight fatigue and boost energy naturally. Try a sip!
Keeping blood sugar levels balanced is essential. Skipping meals, fasting or low-calorie diets will not help fuel your body for all the energy motherhood requires. Stay supercharged throughout the day by choosing healthy, nutrient-rich superfoods with a good source of fat and protein.
Tipping. While it can be a taboo topic that no one really wants to talk about publicly, the fact is, it’s a very important one that shouldn’t (and can’t) be avoided. This is all too true, especially now, when it comes to beauty services. Even before, “all of this” happened, there appeared to be some ambiguity about exactly how much to tip, when, what’s a respectable amount, and why. Now that we’ve tried our best at #homebeauty, it’s time to head back to the salons, spas, and other boutique beauty businesses (if you haven’t already). We’re here to guide you through gratuity in the new normal and why tipping a little extra to show your stylists and service providers you care during this tough time is the right thing to do.
To make sure we get you all the right answers, we asked around about it (so you don’t have to). Turns out, our Instagram followers had a lot to say about how to tip your stylists and show them some extra love right now.
Here’s what you think:
79% of you said you’ve been tipping more for beauty services recently. We’re all so grateful for our stylists—with split ends, grown-out roots, out-of-control brows, and terrible home-cut bangs to prove it. And now that many of us can return to our salons and spas, we’re appreciating the ones who help us feel beautiful even more right now.
We got a range of responses to this question. Some said they tip 5% more than they previously did, and many said 25%-35% total! Not only are these stylists actual artists, but they’re providing services we just can’t do ourselves. On top of that, many had to close their doors for several months, many were displaced as their salons shut down for good, and all of them are trying their best to get back to a sense of normalcy and do what they do best—help us look and feel beautiful. So, take this as a guide. Tip what you can but remember how much these wonderful people do for us.
When it comes to trying new services, 69% of you gave it a big fat NO, while 31% remain intrigued. It makes sense that many would stick to their go-tos right now, as salons are just starting to reopen in some areas or may not be open yet at all.
Depending on where you live and your overall health, you might be sticking with the bare minimum for now. But if your city has put in place safe reopening guidelines and measures, and you feel ready to head back out there, you can do so safely at a Mindbody salon. And you may be interested in trying out some new services right now as a way to show your local salons some extra support. If that’s you, browse beauty on the Mindbody app—and filter your categories to find out what’s out there.
Another way you can support your stylists right now? Shopping. It’s the safest way to show them some love without actually going in for a treatment. Many salons offer pre-payment on the Mindbody app and curbside pickup or a plethora of shipping methods, so you can keep contact to a minimum as much as possible. Plus, they have some pretty great stuff. If you need to invest in a good shampoo—especially because you haven’t gotten your hair done in months—so why not buy it from your stylist? According to our poll, it’s a pretty even split. 55% of you haven’t bought any products yet, while the other 45% have been shopping away. If you’re part of that 55, consider checking out your salon’s product offerings (you might see something you like).
Finally, we asked you all open-endedly how else you’re supporting your stylists right now. We got a lot of great answers. There was a lot of overlap, but we thought you might like to see some of the ones that stood out. So, if we didn’t cover it all so far, we’re about to—because you all are awesome and you did it for us. Here are some of the great ideas you had:
• “Paying in advance!”
• “Being more diligent about scheduling appointments versus letting my hair grow out”
• “Referring friends!”
• “Being flexible” (this is a good one—check out the 5 things your stylist wants you to know before you book)
• “Scheduling my next cut before I leave!”
• “Sharing their photos on Instagram and telling friends!”
So, if you’re a stylist reading this, thank you. We all want to continue showing you support during this time and beyond. And if you’re a regular person like me who really needs her highlights done, just schedule the damn appointment already (if you feel comfortable) or buy some purple shampoo from your favorite salon.