Morning Person 2016 – Lesson 8

Lesson 8: Mindful Nutrition

When your body is not nourished, feeling drained, or taxed by bad food choices – it shows. You feel lethargic, it’s harder to concentrate and you may even feel down and negative about life. If you want to feel vibrant, clean, fresh, capable with energy and gusto for life – your everyday food choices make all the difference.

How do you start to eat for your body, to feel your best?

  1. Eat nutrient-dense food, close to nature.
  2. Upgrade your breakfast – strive for a balanced breakfast of carbohydrates, lean protein and fat.
  3. Feed your brain – aim for at least 1 rich source of foods high in omega 3’s every day…like salmon, walnuts, spinach, kale, or kiwi.

When it comes to being a morning person, you’ll notice that a well nourished body has more energy to get up, get moving and sustaining throughout the day. So mindful nutrition is not about resisting temptation – it’s about being aware the food choices you make throughout the day. Often when we think about healthy eating, the first thought is eliminating the bad. Not only is this not sustainable  – the “I’ll never eat that food again” mentality never lasts – but it puts all of your focus on the very thing you don’t want.

Start thinking in terms of more:

  • What can you do to include more whole foods in your meal?
  • What’s one small change that you can make everyday, to put the focus on giving your body more nourishment?

Make a plan this week to upgrade one meal every day.

This assignment is from “Becoming a Morning Person” by Little Green Dot

I think the easiest meal to upgrade would be my lunch. What exactly I should upgrade it to, though…I’m not sure. Also, it’s already Tuesday and I’m working from home on Friday. So I think I should strategize my lunches for next week rather than this week. This week is already lost. Maybe I’ll get some good trail mix to snack on…make sure it’s got walnuts and dried kiwi in it. Eh? Eh? Oh blech…do you know what has a lot of Omega 3s? Nasty stuff is what. Flax seed is easy to add to stuff…but what should I eat? I really don’t enjoy salads and they’re a huge hassle. Plus everything goes bad way too quickly. Maybe some sort of sandwich? But I’m not really supposed to have deli meats while I’m pregnant. I just Googled “healthy lunches to take to work” and the first list I pulled up…80% salads. >.<

I did find a few things I might try next week, though:

I’ve missed at least one week of crock pot recipes, too… :\ I did buy some frozen stuff at the grocery store, though! We’ve got a couple of lasagnas and some frozen meals for two tucked away in our freezer.

Tell me how you REALLY feel: