In my column “Ask Robin” a frequent question I receive goes something like this:
“Robin, I am completely exhausted and have no motivation. How can I get started when I am feeling so tired and absolutely drained?”
There was a time in my life when I was just in this spot. It feels debilitating and hopeless. So here is my answer and I hope it will help you get started.
…I completely understand where you’re coming from. I think this is one of the hardest things…when you are too unmotivated to make changes due to low energy and/or low brain chemistry or both.
What this means is that your catecholamines are low and your mitochondria are dysfunctional. To make it simple, your get-up-and-go got-up-and-went.
Catecholamines are specific brain chemicals that help you feel mentally alert, up for exercise, physically energized, able to concentrate, more expressive and outgoing, and enthusiastic about daily life.
Focusing on these brain chemicals is a quick way to feel better fast so you so you have the energy to make the changes in your life for healing.
Here are some steps that you can do right now to get started:
- Make sure you have strong stomach acid to break down the protein in your food so you can make more catecholamines. Start with 1 tsp apple cider vinegar before each meal and gradually build up to 1 tbsp. (Discontinue use of antacids if you are taking them.)
- Add 1/2 tsp sea salt to your water each morning to support better adrenal function for improved energy.
- Eat enough protein daily. The amino acids tyrosine and phenylalanine build your catecholamines, and these amino acids come from the breakdown of protein. Healthy protein choices are: wild caught fish, 100% grass fed meats, cage free organic eggs, etc.
- Get enough sleep.
- Eliminate caffeine* – trust me on this one.
- Purchase the amino acid Tyrosine*. Take 500mg before breakfast, before lunch and mid-afternoon on an empty stomach (try the NOW brand). If you feel OK with that dosage, then try 2 caps the next day. If that is OK for you and you’re not feeling edgy, then take 3 caps at each interval the next day. You can go all the way up to 4 capsules, 3 times per day. *Caution: DO NOT tyrosine take if you have Graves disease, melanoma, bipolar tendencies, migraine headaches and be careful if you have Hashimoto’s (autoimmune thyroid) because sometimes tyrosine can cause too much jitteriness with Hashimoto’s based on the hyperthyroid aspect of the condition.
- Try licorice root tea, 2-3 cups daily.
- Turn off your cell phone at night and deactivate all alerts because they wear out your catecholamines.
*How to get off caffeine…begin taking tyrosine and once you’ve established the correct dose for yourself, place that dose on your bedside table at night before bed with a glass of water. The first time you wake up in the morning, take the tyrosine. Go back to sleep for 10-20 minutes and you should be able to get up without needing coffee! (per Julia Ross, The Craving Cure)
Let me know how this works for you. I think you’ll find that you are a new woman in a very short period of time!
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