Good Morning World

If you want to have  really great day then it helps to start out the right way………

As soon as you wake up every morning, before you do anything else, smile. Over 150,000 people die every day; today you are not one of them so smile and thank the Universe for giving you another 24 hours to enjoy. When you have checked that your nearest and dearest are also still alive smile again!

Next we need to think about getting some fuel into that wonderful machine we call our body. Scrambled or poached eggs are a great start to the day because they are super high in protein, they contain anti-oxidants and are a good source of choline which will help to maintain the health of our livers and our brains. Vitamins D, B6, B12 and B2 can also be found in an egg along with selenium and zinc all of which will contribute to your health and well- being. Added to all of this, they will leave you feeling fuller for longer which means that you won’t be tempted to start snacking mid-morning.

If you’re not a big fan of eggs try porridge oats with blueberries or Greek yoghurt with fresh fruit. If you want to lose weight, lower blood sugar and promote heart health then oatmeal is the way forward. It is full of vitamins and nutrients but, unlike other breakfast cereals, it’s not loaded with sugar so it will slowly release energy and keep you full until lunchtime. Greek yoghurt is high in protein and, again, will keep you feeling fuller for longer. With fresh fruit it makes a wonderfully tasty and nutritious breakfast.

So what should you avoid for breakfast? Basically anything that is full of sugar or fried (or both!!) Sugar will give you a pretty much instant energy rush but it won’t last and it won’t be long before you’re looking for something to snack on and that’s when the pounds start piling on because, more than likely, what you look for to snack on will contain sugar and you end up in a vicious circle – sugar-energy rush-hunger-more sugar-energy rush etc. Don’t be fooled into thinking that breakfast cereals are the healthy option either, most of them are packed full of sugar, have a look on the packet before you buy and avoid anything with more than 5g per 100g.

If you normally have a cup of coffee or tea with breakfast that’s great but try it without sugar and green tea makes a super healthy alternative. To re-hydrate your body and flush your digestive system try squeezing the juice of a whole lemon into a glass of hot water.

Ok, so you’ve fuelled the machine so now let’s use it! Most of you will be off to work so let’s just have a look at a few exercises you can do before you set off – just 10 minutes so no need to get up at the crack of dawn! What’s more, you don’t even need to leave your house.

When you’ve finished you should be feeling energised and ready for your day. Wherever you are off to this morning see if you can fit in a 10 minute walk, park a little farther from work or walk to the bus stop after the one you’d usually use or take the stairs when you would usually use the elevator. If your job involves a lot of sitting down just give yourself a mental nudge every hour and get up and have a walk around and keep the blood flowing and your energy levels up.

If you feel a little bit peckish during the morning, firstly, think whether you are really hungry or whether it’s just the case that you would normally snack on something at this time. If it’s the latter, have a glass of water and a little walk around and see if you still feel the need to eat something. If you do then try one of these great healthy snacks rather than reaching for something sugary:

Have a really great day everyone!

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