School has officially started and it’s back-to-work for many, so hopefully you are geared up and ready with necessary supplies, fresh clean uniforms/ school clothes, a doable schedule and healthy breakfasts every morning. Start the year off right and each day on a healthy note. Begin by getting a good night’s rest. Turn off the television, video games and computers an hour before bedtime. Get the clothes ready the night before, prepare for bed and read a little before you go to sleep. Get at least six hours of sleep (ideally 7-8 hours), wake up rested, and have a healthy breakfast. When you get enough rest, studies show that you are less likely to grab for caffeinated drinks and sugar-loaded items to keep you up and going through your day. Having a healthy breakfast each morning will feed your brain and body much needed energy, allow you to focus on work and school, increase your attention span, encourage a more positive attitude and keep you from being hungry until lunch. Ideas for breakfast are:
- Fiber-loaded cereal (eg., rice bran) with bananas and small amount of milk
- Whole wheat or Gluten-free waffles with 100% maple syrup
- Two boiled eggs with toast
- Vegetable omelette with turkey sausage
- Two pieces of fruit with herbal tea
Being prepared leads to a less-stressful, more productive day. Your household and school-/work- day will run more smoothly because the necessities will be taken care of. Incorporate my suggestions into your day and comment on how it’s working for you.
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Kyira Harris, MA, is the president of Keys to Abundant Life, Inc. Her four-step system effectively teaches participants healthier ways to eat and live more balanced lives.