Whether you’re a morning person or a night owl, it’s still important that you start your day in a healthy way. By focusing on healthy eating first thing in the morning, you’ll be much more likely to continue eating natural, nutritious foods for the rest of the day. In this post we’ll be focusing on that very topic and listing five top morning habits that will help you eat healthy.
Habit 1 – Drink A Large Glass Of Water As Soon As You Wake Up
As you’re sleeping, your body becomes slowly dehydrated because it goes without water or any other fluid for more than six hours. So to ensure that your body and brain operate optimally when you wake up, make sure you drink a large glass of water as soon as the day begins. This water will kick start your hydration and metabolism and also flush out toxins, allowing you to start the day full of energy.
Habit 2 – Eat A Light Nutritious Breakfast
For me, personally, I don’t eat my pre-prepped breakfast until 10am while I’m at work. I have a cup of green tea first thing in the morning as I’m getting ready. But many people skip breakfast completely either because they’re in a rush or they believe doing this will support their weight loss efforts. However, doing this makes you prone to mid-morning hunger cravings which then increase your chances of indulging in unhealthy foods before lunch. Not eating breakfast also has a negative impact on your energy levels, concentration and mood.
So make sure you eat a light, nutritious breakfast every morning. Good healthy breakfast choices include fruit, Greek yogurt, oatmeal, omelets and smoothies. Doing this will provide you with the nutrition and energy you need to get going in the morning.
Habit 3 – Practice Eating Your Breakfast Mindfully
Eating your breakfast mindfully is a morning habit that will allow you to better recognize and respond to your body’s internal hunger signals. This then enables you to fine-tune the process of eating just the right amount that your body requires to get going. Mindful eating involves eating your breakfast slowly, focusing on every bite and paying attention to your body’s hunger signals. By doing this every morning, you’ll be much more receptive to how hungry you are and know exactly when to stop eating during every meal. Not only does this prevent you from gaining weight but it also allows you to enjoy the tastes and flavor of the foods you eat much more than if your mind is elsewhere.
Habit 4 – Focus On One Healthy Eating Habit For The Day
Healthy eating is a long term process and if you try to change too much too quickly, you’ll become overwhelmed and are likely to fail. So instead of trying to make drastic changes to your diet each day, simply focus on one healthy eating habit that you want to change that day and give it your full attention for five minutes. When you do this, you’ll set a strong intention for the day and because it’s a single habit, you won’t feel overwhelmed.
Habit 5 – Grab Some Healthy Snacks
Eating a snack whenever you feel hungry in between meals is a great way to satisfy your cravings and boost your energy levels. However, usually when we start to feel hungry in between meals, unhealthy processed foods are the only things within reach. Vending machines, gas station snacks, and drive thurs are full of unhealthy foods. By grabbing some healthy snacks and taking them with you every morning, you’ll avoid this problem and always have instant access to some quick, convenient, healthy foods. There are lots of healthy snacks you can choose from with fresh fruits, Greek yogurt, nuts and seeds just some of the many wonderful options available. I carry a small lunch kit to work to hold my breakfast, lunch, and snacks so that I’m not tempted to waste money on unhealthy foods.
With these five morning habits, you can drastically increase your chances of healthy eating success. Once start practicing these habits every morning, you’ll find that it becomes much easier and more enjoyable to stay consistent with your healthy eating goals.