Eat a Burger and Lift Your Mood

I have been in a funk lately. If you've ever been in one you know how difficult it is to get going and get through your never ending list of to dos.

And it's really frustrating when you're not sure why it's happening and when your brain knows just moving will help so much. But the heaviness is challenging to overcome and your body is not into it.

So, I forced myself to go to yoga on Saturday morning, got a short Thai massage on my legs and then Sunday morning I did an easy-moving yoga sequence designed to lift you from depression and made myself go on a 3-mile hike with my sweet Ellie.

Of course, the way you move does change your state.

But then my sweet Ellie had energy therapy with my friend Lisa and she reported that her adrenals were depleted and her right hip was congested.

Then it dawned on me. OMG...she mirrors me. I noticed my right hip was tight during yoga on Saturday morning {which was weird}. AND realized I have not been eating enough protein at all or taking my Qi formula for energy and protein to support my adrenals...which is one big reason why I was feeling low and run down.

Protein is crucial {and so are adaptogenic herbs}!!! And this was just a smack-in-the-face reminder of how much so. My body especially reminds me during the luteal phase of my menstrual cycle because I am ravenous for a burger.

Did you know we need roughly 8 grams of protein for every 20 lbs. of our ideal body weight? So, for me, that's 64 grams. I have maybe been getting 1/3 of that in the last month because I wasn't giving it the attention I usually do {why?...well, stress, duh...and why I escaped to a cabin in the woods to regroup}.

When I work with my private clients, I include a digestive health survey and palpation exam to explore nutritional deficiencies. Protein is a primary macronutrient and a deficiency can cause a host of issues, including depression and hypothyroidism.

Once I studied the role of nutrition and enzymes, I realized how being a vegetarian for 6 months over 4 years ago threw my body into complete chaos. I thought I was just unhappy at the time, but it was quite physiological. Who knew it was simply because I didn't know how to eat enough plant-based protein each day {and honestly I've learned that my body does need animal-based protein...everyone is different}.

So, thought you'd enjoy this video explaining how crucial protein is and 9 other nutrients are when it comes to regulating your thyroid; and thus, your mood and energy, too.

Enjoy!

Wild blessings,

Xo, -Alyssa