We’d all like to lead happier and more stress-free lives. Many of us don’t have the time to devote to the kind of research and resource-gathering techniques that incorporating wellness activities into our lives requires. The good news is that, by making just a few simple choices, it’s possible to see some significant changes in your overall health and energy levels. Here are some ideas for changes in your routines that will help keep you looking and feeling great.
Eat something within one hour of waking up
Is breakfast the most important meal of the day, or totally unnecessary? It depends on whom you ask. Some people don’t get hungry in the morning, and others are ravenous. Regardless of which one describes you, there’s no question that once we get going, it’s easy to get distracted and find ourselves in the middle of something a few hours later and in a crabby mood because we haven’t eaten. If you eat something within the first hour of waking up, you avoid this problem. Once the day has begun, it’s often difficult to take time out to seek out a healthy snack, and we often grab whatever is nearest and easiest. Is the snack that’s nearest and easiest to you usually something that promotes your best health?
When you do eat, make sure to throw in some healthy fats.
It’s important to get some nutritious healthy fat into your body first thing in the morning. The latest wellness fad is to put healthy fat sources (MCT oil, ghee, cacao butter, coconut butter, or even just plain old butter) straight into your coffee. This admittedly strange-sounding practice, called “Bulletproof Coffee,” originated with a wellness entrepreneur named Dave Asprey, who has a list of other issues with how the coffee is supposed to be roasted, et cetera. But the bottom line is this: butter in coffee pairs with the theory that healthy fats help caffeine metabolize slowly and work longer, rather than spiking and then crashing as usual. The other benefit is the hours of energy you get with fat without being hungry.
Let’s say you’re not ready to dump butter into your coffee. Let’s reflect that it’s not that far off from what we do with milk or half & half. The theory behind a diet higher in healthy fats is that your metabolism is like a fire and putting fat in your body is like putting a log on the fire rather than a branch (protein), twig (carbohydrate) or paper (donut or other sweet). Whether this is an accurate metaphor, I’m not sure, but when I eat fat in the morning, I can go until past noon without being hungry.
Wake up at the same time every day.
We all look forward to sleeping in on the weekends, but it’s probably doing your body more harm than good. Even when you don’t have to get up early for work, you should try to stick to a routine with waking up and going to sleep. This helps your body adjust itself and become regular in its sleep cycles, and ensure that you get enough rest.