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Make Every Morning a Better Morning

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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.

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Shopping Tips To Help You Choose Safer, Greener Cookware

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If you have ever been horrified to discover that the “safe” non-stick coating on your cookware has ended up in your scrambled eggs, then you can understand the need to find safe, durable pots and pans. Unfortunately, it can be very confusing to sort through the maze of cookware available today and try to choose the ones that will actually provide a healthy, long-lasting option for cooking and baking the food we feed our families. If you are involved in this type of quest, Mopfrog offers helpful information to assist in making an informed choice.

The Problem With Non-Stick Surfaces

The first non-stick coating material was discovered in the late 1930s and quickly made its way into the kitchen. For decades it would be heralded as something of a miracle, causing many people to turn to it as a replacement for their perfectly serviceable (and safe) cast iron and stainless steel cookware.

Much later, non-stick coatings, like Teflon® for example, were found to emit toxic fumes when overheated. This was not only unappetizing, but it also caused flu-like symptoms and serious health risks. Today’s non-stick coatings are marketed to us as safe, yet still create potential for exposure to dangerous chemicals through fumes or by ingesting bits of the coating if it becomes damaged or too hot during the cooking process. When shopping for cookware, read the labels carefully and do your homework in the following areas.

Does The Cookware have a Reliable, Third Party Certification?

Many cookware manufacturers are marketing claims that their products are free of Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and polytertafluoroethylene (PTFE), yet the lack of regulation makes these claims questionable. These chemical compounds are toxic and known to cause serious health risks, including damage to the liver, cardiovascular and immune system, and are “likely carcinogenetic to humans”.

How is the Cookware Constructed and What Materials Are Used?

Many cookware companies use thin layers of materials that can loosen or degrade over time. When this occurs, miniscule particles are ingested along with the food. If these materials are toxic, serious health issues can occur, particularly for children and those with weakened immune systems.

In reality, the safest cookware choices have been around for generations. Quality cast iron and stainless steel are still the benchmark for the safest, healthiest food preparation and well worth your consideration.

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