The terms quick, happy and easy going would not normally be associated with me and mornings. I need time. Lots of it. I need space. Lots of it. And I need quiet. Lots of it.
It takes a great effort for me to get out of bed. Sometimes like a 30 minute effort. I am the slowest waker upper ever.
So when I tell you I have a whole morning routine (exercise, meditating, gratitude journaling, affirmations, and reading) that I get through before I even start work you best believe that I need the most help with getting myself out of bed and my day started.
If you are like me and in struggle sheets in the morning, here are a few hacks that will get you going quickly and happily.
* pull down on your earlobes with your fingers and take a deep breath (it will help you wake up)
* drink water (lets the body know you’re awake, hydrates you and helps you along with your morning toilet session)
* march on the spot with high knees (left arm with right leg and right arm with left leg. This gets your energy going.)
* make your bed (gives you a sense that you’ve already accomplished a task for the day. Remember the happiness chemical dopamine?)
* stretch your body
* have a cold shower (or at least alternate between hot and cold)
* eat a healthy breakfast (sets the tone for the day)
Here’s a tip for a healthy breakfast you can prepare the night before.
Ingredients for the basic overnight oats
* Chia seeds (or any other seeds you have on hand)
* Nut or seed butter (peanut butter, almond butter, sunflower seed butter)
* Milk (whichever best suits you – coconut milk, almond milk)
* Sweetener (honey, dates, maple syrup – this is optional. I personally don’t add in any sweetener)
* For non-vegan you can use yoghurt ( use a combo of milk and yoghurt to make it creamy)
These are the ratios to play with.
* 1/2 cup oats
* 3/4 cup liquid
Add oats to a bowl or sealable jar. Pour in your milk or yoghurt (or mixture of both). Add the nut or seed butter ( amount is as per your taste). Add fruit of your choice, sweetener of your choice and seeds on top. Put it in the fridge overnight and the next morning you’ll have a soft, creamy, yummy AND healthy breakfast to eat.
I love it because it’s so versatile and it will keep you full until lunch time. And there are a number of combinations you can prepare to keep your taste buds happy.
For the combinations below, use the basic recipe above and add the ingredients for the different versions.
Leave out the fruit and nut butter and add:
* cocoa powder
* shredded coconut
* mashed/sliced banana
* cinnamon ( and nutmeg optional)
Leave out the nut butter and add in:
* grated carrot
* shredded coconut
* raisins (optional)
I tried the carrot cake option the other day and it was divine.
* mashed pumpkin (preferably roasted pumpkin)
* cinnamon and nutmeg
* pumpkin seeds
* dried cranberries
* chopped apples
Whatever you can prepare the night before – clothes, bag, breakfast, gym outfit – do it. If you are looking to have a calm morning start, it is better to be over prepared than under.
And if you are curious as to my daily eating plan and how I keep the weight off, I eat oats every single day except maybe on a Saturday where I’ll replace it with an egg breakfast.
If you have any questions or need any help, feel free to reach out to me at anytime.
I’m here as always looking out for you and your health.