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Mom, desperately trying to get the health thing right! I started this blog so that I can pass along all the great things that I learn everyday on damage control for our wonderful bodies. It is tough to keep up sometimes with all the things going on in our daily lives so hopefully some of the helpful hints that I provide can make your life easier and healthier. I welcome your comments and tips as well! I am a vegetarian, animal rights advocate and avid animal rescuer.
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2009-06-08

Hope This Gets You Moving In The A.M. - Healthy Morning Habits For Optimal Health!

I am not a morning person in the least but maybe with a little motivation like the tips below I can make it a bit more tolerable. Do these things to get your maximum health benefits in the morning and you may just feel better all day long!!

The Early Bird Gets The Worm


Say hello to sweet sunshine-Exposure to natural light in the morning signals your body to cut off production of melatonin, a hormone that makes you sleepy. Light is also a natural antidepressant, according to several studies and increases your body’s production of vitamin D (which can help prevent cancer and heart disease).

Eat Breakfast-Try to eat breakfast within 15 to 30 minutes of waking and no later than 8 a.m. as this will help you to keep from gaining weight. By skipping breakfast your body thinks it is in starvation mode and you will eat more food later on. A Harvard Medical School study indicated that people who ate a morning meal were one third less likely to be obese than those who didn’t. I would recommend that you go for high protein and fruits and vegetables that are low in starch and sugar (ex-strawberries, raspberries, cantaloupe, plain yogurt, eggs ,mushrooms, carrots). I love to have almonds with raspberries on top of plain yogurt each day-really gets me moving in the morning.

Weigh Yourself-A study from Brown University and the University of North Carolina showed that 61 percent of of people who did so maintained their weight within five pounds over time (compared with 32 percent that weighed in less often) mainly because it helped them catch their weight gain early. It is best to weigh yourself first thing in the morning nude, before breakfast for your most accurate reading. Weight gain can fluctuate within three lbs throughout the day!

Hit the alarm button for an extra 20 minutes of sleep-Our bodies naturally have more of the stress hormone cortisone in the morning so our bodies will get up and get moving, but postponing your wake-up time can lower those levels enough to take the edge off. According to a study at London’s University of Westminster, earlier risers (who woke up as early as 5:22 a.m.) had higher cortisol levels during the first 45 minutes of their day tended to be angrier at night than late risers who got up as late as 10:30 a.m.). This was regardless of how much total sleep they got. I am not a morning person at all so this must be another reason why. Getting out of bed in the morning is like pulling teeth for me-just awful!!!!!

15 comments:

Hot Rocks said...
Great tips! I always have my breakfast and love raspberries, almonds and vanilla yogurt with some granola!
BeadedTail said...
Great tips - especially the one about sleeping in!
Bill said...
Hmm i eat breakfast 15 minutes after i wake up but still gain weight. What your secret Miss Sexy Mommy LOL
iWalk said...
I am not a moring person too, But I wtill try my best to sleep earlier so that I can get up earlier. You know I always love to work still midnight, and get up late. :(
What if I get up at 4 a.m.? I don't generally eat until 5:30 (still well before 8:00). Is that okay? These are interesting tips and I'll be referring to them on my Friday "Things I Learned This Week" post with a link back here.
Empty Streets said...
Hi Healthy Mom,

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Fortunately, I have the snooze button covered! Great post as usual... :)
Interesting tips...I wasn't a morning person until a few years ago, slept as late as I could and often felt grouchy when I did get up..now I sleep approx 6 hours...and usually get up feeling good! A definite switch for me! Who knew?

Cheers
Maria said...
One more reminder to eat breakfast - maybe I will someday. I used to get up at 5:20 and that explains a lot :)
Mike Foster said...
Any tip that lets me hit the snooze button is a tip I dig!

peace,
mike
livelife365
VetTech said...
Does milk in my coffee count towards "breakfast"...I still can't face food in the morning.
Jarlin said...
Yes, you are absolutely correct. We can feel refreshed after having early morning walk.
foongpc said...
I am definitely not a morning person but I do enjoy waking up early once in a while to enjoy the sunrise.

I actually like the quiet hours before sunrise - very relaxing and calming.

Great tips here! : )
Jun said...
Finally, cues other than the numbers on the scale are equally important. How do you feel? Are your clothes getting looser or tighter? Do you feel stronger, healthier, leaner? Your own perceptions can be the most valuable tools to help you track your weight control progress

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