If your anything like me you wake up in the morning groaning, and with blurry eyes you search for your alarm and hit that sweet savior the snooze button for 10 more minutes of bliss. Mornings are the worst for us bed dwellers so I’ve decided to search for a cure in the form of what we can eat. This is mainly because one of the motivating factors of getting up for me is breakfast!
The most obvious thing in the kitchen to help lift the fog of sleep from your brain is coffee, and lets be honest it works. The only problem with coffee is that it is actually a drug. That’s right you are a drug addict. And the side effects of drinking this drug in the morning can be less than perfect. If you over do it you can experience nervousness and shaking. If you start to rely on it to heavily as your morning energizer you can get withdrawal symptoms when you stop like headaches and irritability.
Instead of the coffee buzz you should think about drinking a tall glass of water in the morning. What most people don’t realize, including me is that most mornings you wake up dehydrated. If you think about it in terms of going a full workday without a drink that’s essentially what happens when you’re sleeping. One of the side effects of dehydration is fatigue and lethargy so this may be your problem. I think its mine so I’m going to wake up tomorrow to a large glass of water!
Also by eating bran based cereal you are more likely to feel more energized in the first part of the day. It is full of B vitamins, iron and magnesium all of which promote energy production. The high fiber content keeps you full for longer and stabilizes blood sugar levels. By adding some chopped up banana you can double the effects, as bananas are rich in potassium and B vitamins and make it taste yummy!
Coconut oils have types of fat that are structured so that they can be turned into energy quickly and efficiently. This can help make you feel less sluggish throughout the day. My flat mate, who is always bouncing around in the mornings (I should’ve known she had a trick) eats coconut oil and honey on toast for breakfast. It’s delicious and gives her energy.
I think of eggs for breakfast, as a Sunday morning luxury but perhaps I should be eating eggs to give me energy from the get go. Eggs have a lot of protein and are high in iron which give you sustained energy throughout the day but it also contains a secret ingredient choline. Choline is a B-vitamin that is required for brain function and energy production. They can be pretty quick and easy to cook as well if you like them scrambled.
So there’s a few tips to help start your day energized and full of motivation. It also helps if your alarm doesn’t make you want to pull your hair out!!