Healthy living is real simple! It just takes some character along with some added will power to stick to the necessary changes. The best thing you can do in my opinion, is to design a routine that ensures a healthy start to each and every day. By the end of this post, you will have more then enough information about what you can do every morning to ensure that your body, mind and soul are off to a good, healthy start.
The first thing I recommend upon rising is going to a place for a 5-10 minute meditation taking long, deep, and soothing breaths through your belly. This will clear your mind and get you focussed for the day ahead. Next, write down 1-2 things you would like to accomplish that day. It can be anything from a workout, completing something for work, seeing a friend or anything else you would like to achieve. After you have taken a very short time for some self reflection, now it is time to fill your belly. But what to eat?! Let me shed some light on some great ideas to break the fast.
Breakfast should generally be one of the bigger meals of the day, but it may take some getting used it. If you are a person who isn’t hungry in the morning, or someone who just has a coffee, then here are some suggestions to get started on a better breakfast option. Keep in mind, that although you don’t eat breakfast currently, your appetite may (and most likely will) change once you have established the habit of eating habitually in the morning. All meals should contain a protein, fibre and a fat. The ratio between those three is what changes from person to person. It’s really simple; If you have good energy and your appetite is truly satiated for 3-4 hours between meals, you have most likely eaten a meal that is right for your body type! *For more information on this, read my blog on primal typing* A good idea for the person who isn’t hungry in the morning is to have a piece of fruit such as an apple, pear, persimmon, orange or anything else of the sort! It would be wise to eat the fruit with a fat such as coconut oil, nuts or seeds. This will help with glucose regulation and insulin sensitivities! Also, some chopped up grab-and-go veggies such as carrots, cucumber, celery or anything else would be a great addition. These can be put into Ziploc bags for easy access each morning! Love coffee? Here are some tips on how to make your coffee taste better, and more efficient in energy production! Add some sort of fat to the coffee such as butter, hemp oil, or coconut oil to help your body metabolize the caffeine. You will have to blend this into the coffee. Coffee beans are very acidic, but if you add a pinch of baking soda (You should NOT taste it at all), it will alkalize your coffee making it a much healthier choice for you!
Now, if you are a person who has an appetite in the morning but may be eating high carbohydrate breakfast options such as: toast, bagels, oatmeal, hashbrown’s, pancakes or things with high sugar content such as: Jams, peanut butters, orange juices, syrups then you may want to take note of some things you can do to ensure you feel full, energized and ready for the day to begin! First I would recommend trying to eliminate your common breakfast options such as the ones I listed above. These are very high in sugar content and although they will keep you filled up, they also will cause a glucose crash in the early afternoon resulting in sugar cravings and low energy. Like I said before, all meals should contain a protein, fibre and a fat. It is wise to think of your first meal as ‘feeding #1’ opposed to breakfast. You will see and feel many results when you burst through the social stigma of only eating breakfast style foods in the morning. Some great options for breakfast may be any of the following:
- 2 hard boiled eggs, handful of walnuts, steamed broccoli
- Chicken breast, apple with coconut oil, zucchini with garlic and ginger
- Ground beef with turmeric and tomatoes, celery and pecans
- 3 egg omelette with spinach, mushroom and onion cooked in olive oil
- Hormone/antibiotic free bacon, brazil nuts, cucumber-tomato-artichoke salad with some olive oil and sea salt.
These options may (or may not) seem like a weird thing to eat for breakfast, but I can assure you that by eating these easy to make meal ideas, your waistline will love you for it. One other amazing tip when beginning your day which could very well be the best thing you can do is……
Start each day with a hot/cold shower
Before you consume any food at all, have a big tall glass of lemon water using REAL lemons. This water can be hot or cold, whatever you prefer.
Try these tips out for at least 10 days in a row and you will be well on your way to a healthier version of yourself. Your clothes will fit better, energy will be higher and you will even be more prone to making healthier options throughout the rest of your day as well. Have fun!!