Making the most out of our morning routine
What does your morning look like? Do you stay in bed until the last possible second or are you an early bird?
Here’s another important question. Do you do something that makes you feel good and happy before you go to work? Here’s a little Nutrinut tip to help you start your morning on a happy note:
Do a little something special for you every morning. Especially when you are feeling super grumpy. That’s when you need it the most!
And if you are wondering what does this even have to do with nutrition, I’ve got your answer. As you know, I am madly in love with the topic emotional eating. So naturally my reply will go in that direction. When we are sad, angry, tired, annoyed, we are more likely to search for something to compensate for our mood. Many many times, that something is food. Sugary, starchy, and processed foods.
So you see, it’s in your best interest to invest in your mood and emotions. And why not start in the morning!
What’s my little happy morning secret? Music…especially the ones that make me dance. And what’s currently my morning cup of coffee music? The movie Coco has the most perfect soundtrack. I am particularly in love with Proud Corazon and Un Poco Loco. I mentally dance (yes, that is totally a thing) to that all day!
What are some of your morning jams?
How to determine if something is healthy or not
One of the main questions that I get asked by clients about food is “Is this healthy?”.
And that is never a yes or no answer. My reply and what I want you to ask yourself every time is:
Compared to what?
The perfect example is juice. Is drinking juice healthy? Well, what are we comparing it to? Soda or water? If we are talking about soda, then YES. Fresh juice is definitely healthier because it comes from nature and contains loads of vitamins. Whereas soda does absolutely nothing for you or your body.
But if we are comparing juice to water then I would vote for water. Although juice has great nutrients, it’s also quite high in sugar. So I say drink water and eat your fruits instead!
It’s always important to put things into perspective. Like everything in life, nutrition is not so black and white. So don’t forget to ask yourself: what am I comparing it to? This will always help you make the better choice from what’s available to you at the moment.
Bringing back balance into your food choices
Finding balance in all aspects of wellness is my main priority when it comes to my health and my clients. That includes finding balance in foods. I often have to ask myself “Is this meal getting me closer to rocking this day?”. And I am not only talking about feeling good in my skinny jeans. But is it helping me thrive on my day-to-day.
Have you noticed that when you eat well for days on, and then decide to have that one donut at the office, you just completely bloat, feel like cr*p, and let’s not forget the guilt? We know that this is going to happen but we still do it! Somehow, sometimes that is just not enough to stop us from diving into the so called “bad foods”.
When we cave into our cravings, there’s usually a reason behind it. Stress, fatigue, sadness. Binging on foods is like impulse purchases. It’s definitely not the fact that we need to shop or in this case that we are hungry. It’s a way of coping with an emotion or situation that we haven’t quite figured out how to deal with yet. So we turn to food or shopping.
Which is why I want you to practice this exercise. Whenever you feel that loss of control over food, ask yourself the following question: Why do I want this?
Believe me when I say that that one reflective second, will actually many times help you snap out of it. And that’s all you need. A sweet moment to reflect and calmly make a decision. To bring you back to balance.