Sometimes when we wake up in the morning, whether it is weekend or a workday, most of us can’t seem to get started unless we’ve had our energy-shot for the day, and that comes from our coffee, right? That’s what we’ve been counting on for years, not believing for a moment that there are quite a few other things that can really kick- start our day.
The thing is with coffee, yes, it sure does make us feel great as the caffeine gets to work, but once it starts wearing off not too long afterward, then we are still left feeling sluggish and foggy again – that’s when we reach for another cup, maybe even with a bit more sugar added this time to keep up with the day’s hectic schedule.
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If you truly do want to last all day and stay alert and ‘with it’, there are some other better ways than coffee to supercharge your day – there literally are high energy boosting healthy foods to stop you yawning before night time comes along.
Bananas have plenty of vitamin C in them, plenty of fiber, as well as antioxidants and they’ve got a lot of natural sugar in too, fructose, sucrose, and glucose – these are converted into energy in your blood and the high fiber helps the sugar to be absorbed slower, to give you the energy to last right through the day.
How does a smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel sound for breakfast? Well, it’s got the all-important omega-3 fatty acids which are perfect for brain health and energy production; let alone looking after your heart. Fish serves you protein to stave off those hunger pangs, giving you energy and crushing any of those post-carb yearnings that we all know about.
Lusty lemon water
There are plenty of us who don’t drink enough water, but some warm water with natural lemon juice is hydrating to the body and skin and has plenty of vitamin C added as well. Studies show that those who don’t have drink plenty of water in the day feel the tiredness and fatigue setting in more than those who do.
Great green tea
If you want to switch off the coffee and add a bit more zest to your life and diet, then green tea is for you. It has also got caffeine in, but far less than your cup of Joe. Green tea helps you concentrate too, filled with antioxidants and nutrients that can give you quick boost during your day.
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Eggs are abundant in protein and iron and that means you get real sustainable energy for a busy day. Eggs have a nutrient called choline in them too, excellent for the brain, the muscles, and metabolism.
A smoothie with nuts is the ideal breakfast drink to start your day because it is full of minerals, vitamins, and fats. Furthermore, they are downright delicious! Filled with fiber too, to keep your blood sugar levels balanced and protein to keep you full for longer. Just the nuts stashed away in your desk at work can give you an energy boost if you haven’t got time for the smoothie.
Gorgeous Greek yogurt with some berries
To get the most out of your snack, just choose some low-fat Greek yogurt; staying away from the flavored one because they come with plenty of sugar added. For that extra sweetness, just add in some delicious fresh berries with a bit of honey to control the sweet tooth in you. And if you want to go the extra mile, you can toss over your yogurt some delectable crunch toppings such as granola, which contain the necessary fiber.
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By this time of year, healthy eating may have taken a back seat to summer vacation, back-to-school madness, and your subconscious seems to know that January 1st is nowhere in sight.
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Do you stroll in the house after a long day at the office and simply sigh at your cluttered home?
Have you planned to organize one morning but do not know where to begin or are just not in the state of mind? Are you captured in a vicious circle: as quickly as you organize one room another one has turned to chaos? Maybe you just have to prioritize, find motivation, and ask for help. Easier said than done ?
Prioritize As with most goals in life, you want to pursue progress and improvement, not perfectness. Most of us do not have time to achieve perfectness in everything we do and still live a happy, fulfilling life. When you set goals, make them achievable, attainable. When you make that progress, create a visual way to track it or remind yourself of all you have accomplished (i.e. stickers on a chart, a check list, a flower/penny/or other item to represent each task you have completed). Since we will never have more than 24 hours in a day, we may need to say "no" to some activities and activities. As you list each goal, task, or activity, ask yourself if it is necessary, if it supports my ultimate goals, or if any other task or person will be negatively affected if it does not happen. You may see your list shrink before your very eyes J. If you are not sure how to narrow your list, search the Internet, ask a friend, or consult a professional organizer (we help with both the tangible and intangible).
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Do you start the day with the best of intentions to de clutter the "bathroom" only to loose your drive because it is "simply not worth it"? What is it worth to you? What do you value? Why? These questions may not seem to have much to do with organizing, but they can be the key to your motivation. How much time do you spend on tasks that relate to your values (i.e. to spend time with your family, to eat healthy food, etc.)? Most of us would probably answer "not enough". Then why would you ever spend time on a task not related to you values, such as organizing?
The answer: organizing allows you to focus more on your values.
Organizing means less time searching for the other shoe, fewer arguments over who last used the scissors and did not put them back, less time cleaning around the clutter ... With less time wasted, you have more time to be with family, exercise, eat healthy, and pursue those life goals that really matter. The next time you wonder why you would ever make time to organize, remember that organizing can be a means to an end. If you find a task that seems pointless, ask yourself how that task can bring you closer to what means to the most to you. It is amazing how a change in attitude and knowing what is "in it for me" can motivate.
Ask For Help Even if the majority of your chores and daily tasks are "value added", they are not always fun and often too much for one person. Solution: spread the responsibility among the whole household. What is boring to one person may be fun for an additional. One person's weak spot may be an additional person's strength. Some people have time in the morning to help everyone get ready for the day, and others have more time at night to help everyone get ready for bed. When you do ask for help, simply remember to be specific or be prepared for "not exactly what you expected". Letting others pick what they want and find their own way, within reason, may even make them more willing and productive.
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