A successful, stress-free day rarely happens when the morning gets off to a rough start. If you find that your days have become a victim of a morning routine that is increasingly rushed and disorganized, here are a few simple tips from Mopfrog of The Hamptons to help you regain control of your morning and improve your entire day!
Hydrate and Nourish Your Body Each Morning for Energy and Focus
Food cravings, energy lags and an inability to focus on work are common problems that many of us experience during the workday. What you may not know is that these problems and many others are often caused by a lack of proper hydration and nutrition. If you are shaking your head as you read this because you think you have no time to worry about these things during your already hectic morning schedule, you may be simply over-thinking the process.
Break the Night’s Fast with Proper Hydration
Most of the systems in our bodies remain on the job while we sleep. During the course of the night, these activities use up much of the body’s hydration reserves, leaving us dehydrated, achy and sluggish when we awaken. To test this theory for yourself, place a glass of water on the bedside table tonight when you retire and drink the entire glass in the morning before you get out of bed. Doing this replenishes the body’s water reserves, leaving you feeling much more alert and ready to take on your day.
In addition to adding additional hydration to your morning routine, remember to keep energy levels high throughout the day by taking frequent hydration breaks. For the best results, choose plain water or water with a slice of citrus for flavor, instead of coffee, sodas or other sweetened beverages that can cause your blood sugar levels to spike and then plummet, leaving you ready for a mid-afternoon nap, instead of productive.
Grab and Go Nutrition
Although a sit down breakfast is a great way to spend time as a family, the nutrition your body requires can be obtained through simple foods that can be eaten on the run. Even better, these foods can be prepared ahead of time, so all you have to do in the morning is grab and go from your own kitchen, instead of stopping at the local drive-thru. Here are some great examples for you to try:
- Hard boiled eggs
- Fresh fruit bowl
- Yogurt and fruit parfaits
- Oatmeal with fruit and nuts
- Whole grain toast with a spread of peanut butter or avocado and tomato slices
To avoid feeling hungry a couple hours later, pick the right type of carbs – like fruit and whole grains – and pair with healthy fats and lean proteins. When shopping for these foods, always choose the healthiest ones possible. Look for organic labeling or source them from a local organic grower in your area to ensure that they are fresh and produced without harmful chemicals and additives. Avoid processed carbs and sugars and instead choose whole grains, healthy fats and lean protein to give your body the fuel it needs to stay alert and active all day long.