Recharge the bat­ter­ies

Are you sick and tired of feel­ing sick and tired all the time? Best-sell­ing au­thor, and mind and body ex­pert, Su­san Scott wants to en­er­gise you

EDP Norfolk - - WELLBEING - WORDS: Ju­dith Palmer

Lazy sum­mer days are one thing, but if your en­ergy lev­els just about en­able you to reach the sofa, then maybe it’s time to re-eval­u­ate the way you treat your mind and body. With her third book, Life Force, now out, Su­san Scott may just be the in­spi­ra­tion you need.

We recharge our phones, put petrol in our car, but for­get about boost­ing our own en­ergy. Why do you think this is? There are a num­ber of rea­sons why, but the two main ones are a) we have very lit­tle self-aware­ness be­cause we fail to spend time in re­flec­tion, and b) this crazy busy world we live in with all the pres­sures it cre­ates means we’re just too stressed to think about our­selves.

You are pas­sion­ate about look­ing af­ter the mind and body. Why is it im­por­tant that we fo­cus on them in tan­dem? They’re con­nected! Our mind is a part of our body, and our body, and in par­tic­u­lar our gut, has a huge im­pact on our mind. This is be­cause it is a sec­ond brain and there’s a con­tin­u­ous in­for­ma­tion ex­change go­ing on be­tween them, even while we sleep. This con­nec­tion af­fects how we feel, what we think, our emo­tions and moods, what we eat, how we so­cialise and how we make de­ci­sions. But what is of most im­por­tance to un­der­stand is that you can­not im­prove the health of one without the other.

You take a three pronged ap­proach – eat, drink and think. Why is this? Both be­cause I am a nutri­tion­ist and a psy­chol­o­gist, and be­cause the av­er­age hu­man body is around 60% wa­ter and there­fore works much more ef­fi­ciently when it’s hy­drated. I do be­lieve in a more holis­tic ap­proach to health and well­be­ing that en­com­passes ev­ery as­pect of our be­ing and Life Force re­flects this. This means I also con­sider sleep, move­ment, hav­ing a sense of pur­pose, manag­ing stress and con­nect­ing with peo­ple in the book.

It’s all very well say­ing we need to im­prove our ap­proach to en­ergy, but many of us don’t have time...

It doesn’t re­quire time, it re­quires a way of life. By build­ing healthy habits into your life you lay the foun­da­tions to op­ti­mise your en­ergy. Add veg­eta­bles to your din­ner plate, take the stairs rather than the lift, man­age the trig­gers that cause you dis­tress; sim­ple changes can soon be­come the norm.

What you eat is key to how you feel

Life Force: The Revo­lu­tion­ary 7-Step Plan for Op­ti­mum En­ergy by Su­san Scott is on sale in pa­per­back and eBook at all good book­shops and dig­i­tal stores, RRP £14.99; su­

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