You may or may not have noticed that I haven’t been writing for a while.
Whilst I would love to say it’s because I’ve been basking in the sun on a Mediterranean island, the truth is that I’ve been feeling pretty low in energy over the past few weeks. So much so that I ended up looking to supplements to combat the fatigue (Floridax anyone?)
Dips in energy are not uncommon for me. I blame it on a combination of poor eating habits (I mean, does anyone actually consume their full 5 a day?!) and a somewhat stressful job.
Whilst I know that a combination of healthy eating, exercise and self-care is the key to maintaining a steady energy level throughout the day, it somehow seems an almost unattainable way of being for me.
When you start to feel like something isn’t right then you look to Google for the answer, in the hope that simply reading about the cure will almost be the cure. This is why we as a species gravitate towards the perceived easiest solution to our problems.
If we are overweight we turn to Diet Pills and pray that within a week we will be able to fit into those size 10 jeans again.
If we have unexplained aches and pains, we take a concoction of ibuprofen and paracetamol and wait for the pain to disappear, albeit only temporarily.
And if we are perpetually exhausted we take a combination of Iron and Vitamin C and wait expectantly for that morning when we will leap out of bed full of optimism and passion for the day ahead.
This time I decided that enough was enough, and I looked for a more permanent solution to my energy problem.
In my quest to find the answer I had been looking for, I stumbled across The 4 Pillar Plan by Dr Rangan Chatterjee. The reviews were extremely positive and I decided I had nothing to lose (certainly not anymore energy anyway!)
Whilst I was somewhat skeptical about a health book being written by a practicing Healthcare Professional (I imagined that the advice would be both patronising and unrealistic) I found the whole concept of the book surprisingly refreshing.
Dr Chatterjee focuses on the pillars that directly link to your overall health and well-being by creating a series of sensible and attainable habits that you can easily start to build into your day to day life, as well as real case studies from his patients demonstrating the effectiveness of his theories.
The 4 Pillars that the book discusses are:
It’s pretty simple really, if you want to be healthy, full of energy and free from ailments then you have to put measures in place to make sure that you are giving your body the best possible chance to function properly.
Whilst the reader is provided a list of actions that will help towards the 4 Pillars he is realistic and understands that someone who doesn’t eat any fruit or vegetables is not suddenly going to start consuming 3 apples for breakfast, a bag of kale for lunch and 5 tomatoes for dinner. He offers easy ways to gradually increase your intake so that it becomes a habit rather than a chore.
Whilst I know it’s not going to be an instant fix, I am keen to embrace the challenge of improving my energy levels for good…..with or without the Floridax.