Are you familiar with this scene? I would be lying if I said I didn”t feel like this practically everyday. I”ve never been the best sleeper — but it”s the worst when you actually do get a full night”s sleep and you still feel like a dead weight. All. Day. And as much as I love my coffee, I can”t drink it all day, every day. I mean, as delicious as an all-coffee diet sounds, that whole “UNHEALTHY” neon sign is blinking in my brain. Nice thought, though.
The problem is that while we may get enough sleep at night (or not), we still have to take care of ourselves during the day. This means eating right and not skipping meals. I”m not sure about you, but it”s unlikely that I ever take the time to actually eat breakfast each day — more than likely I”m running out the door or I”m just too exhausted (see above) to even move, let alone make a meal.
To get your body started off on the right track, start your day off with a quick breakfast — like a whole-grain cereal with milk or a low fat yogurt with fresh fruit. Eating as you start off the day helps boost your metabolism (common sense, right?), so try not to skip it, if possible. Apples or grapes are a great on-the-go breakfast if you don”t have time to sit down and enjoy. In addition, if you can go without it, try to switch out your AM coffee for green tea, instead. If you can”t imagine giving up the java altogether (I”m not strong enough, either) maybe switch out your second and third cups for green tea, instead.
If you start to feel tired before lunchtime, have a snack! It is recommended that we snack between meals — this doesn”t mean having 5 meals a day, but keeping your body fueled and energized. Great between-meal snacks are things like almonds, fresh fruit, salsa and chips, cottage cheese and whole-grain crackers, celery with peanut butter, etc. Also, don”t forget to stay hydrated! Water is your best friend. Literally.
By eating a great breakfast and fueling up between mealtimes, our body should get that extra boost it needs — without the need for excessive energy (such as coffee, energy drinks). This way, your body can energize itself naturally without the caffeine crash, which means a happier you and less headache. Sign me up!
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