1. EAT. Sometimes when we wake up in a funk the last thing we feel like doing is eating. I always feel better once I get a little nourishment in my belly. Eating breakfast is one of the best ways to kickstart your metabolism. It is also quite possibly the hardest meal of the day to get right. As a society, we have created rituals and traditions around eating terrible food during breakfast. A greasy breakfast sandwich, a sugary donut, a double sugar mocha latte... I could go on. There are famous slogans (America runs on...) that encourage and normalize this behavior as well.
Having consistent energy levels throughout your day is important for being productive and reaching your goals, and is a sign that you are eating right. 20% of people skip breakfast altogether, and this greatly impacts our ability to control blood sugar, which in turn can change your appetite and affect energy levels. Eating sugary foods first thing in the morning will also cause similar imbalances.
Protein doesn't have to come from meat either. One cup of cooked beans has about 17 grams, while most nut butters have about 7 grams in just two table spoons. Vegetables, grains and seeds all have protein as well. Additionally, and thankfully, one of the most popular breakfast foods is also a great source of protein: eggs. It really is about what you pair them with.
2. Take an extra 5 minutes to savor your coffee. I sit on my couch and hold my coffee cup in my hands feeling it's warmth. I sit quietly and let any stressful or anxious thoughts or feelings melt away. In a sense, this is could be considered a form of mindfulness. If we were all able to introduce a little mindfulness to our mornings, or even some basic breathing techniques, we would all be on track for a more successful day.
Stress might often be considered by some to be an entirely mental condition, but there are numerous, tangible affects it can have on your physical body as well. Just high levels of stress alone can have an impact on hormone levels, your appetite, and even your immune system. If you wake up stressed, you may feel the urge to comfort yourself a little, and this could lead you to make not so great decisions when it comes to picking the right foods to start your day with.
On top of that, research into "chronic psychological stress" shows that a stressed body has a harder time regulating inflammatory responses, as cortisol (one of the main stress hormones) plays a role in regulating inflammation. Inflammation has earned its place as the new evil in the world of health research, as it has been tied to impaired immunity, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, to name a few.
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Hi! My name is Allison Hopkins and I am the owner of Wilcox Wellness & Fitness in Brunswick, ME. I am excited to bring WILCOX to Brunswick and share in my passion for living a great life through health and fitness.