Hi everyone welcome back or hello to first time readers!
This is part 3 of 3 of my ‘positive series’ where we do 3 simple things to help us feel positive.
If you’ve missed my last two blogs ‘How 3 Thoughts of Happiness and Positivity Are Key to Your Success’ and ‘3 Positive Ways to Start the Day by Feeling and Looking Great’ the links for your reference will be at the end of this post.
This next step ‘3 Things to Help You be Positive by Starting Your Day with Nutrition’ is about fueling our body so you start your day productively. I know it seems like such a basic thing but for years this wasn’t in my daily practice due to many factors.
‘Flashback’ - In my earlier years’ Living between multiple locations, homes and family members I went to school for years without food. Eating wasn’t part of the morning routine which then followed me into my early working years.
In my late teens, one of my parents forced me to ‘eat’ something. I was nearly throwing up because it made me feel sick eating in the morning. So, I compromised and started having a ‘Sanitarium Up and Go’ which was a liquid breakfast drink. I’ll pair that with a cigarette (or two) as I walked from the car park to my work. Oh my how times have changed!!!
‘Fast forward to the present’ Now I must have breakfast otherwise I’m completely hopeless. My brain will not function plus I get tired, cranky and hungry. Now I’m all about the smoothies or juices to start my day #lovemybreakfastnow
Here are 3 Things to Help You be Positive by Starting Your Day with Nutrition
1. Have a smoothie or a juice
I know there are mixed reviews on juicing and smoothies. Are they bad or good because of the fruit/sugar content? Let me put that to rest! The best way to go is ¾ vegetables and greens and ¼ fruit.
I find smoothies quicker as I simply throw things into my Ninja and blend. And for the record, my Ninja travels the world in my suitcase so I can make smoothies anywhere, anytime #noexcuses although hotel rooms can be limiting….
I’ll be blogging on my different combinations of both smoothies and juices to help you out. In the meantime, however here’s a juice I like Juicing for health - My C32 Healthy Juice #1 and a smoothie The C32 Hydrating, Hormone Balancing, Stress Reducing Super Smoothie!
2. Take some vitamins/supplements (Vitamin B12)
Again, there are very mixed reviews on vitamins/supplements. I’ve found them to be very beneficial. I take Vitamin B12 as my research suggests lacking this vitamin can be one of the many contributing factors for depression. Other things I take are mixed green tables that consist of things like Spirulina, Wheatgrass etc. A few times a week I have Maca which I put into my smoothies.
3. Coffee, Tea and Food
After I’ve had a juice or smoothie I like to follow that up with a coffee (yes I know there’s mixed review on that too!). In winter when it’s cold (when I’m not living in Singapore) I require more fuel so I eat things like a gluten free porridge. Sometimes we just need some comforting food.
So what does the ‘Big 3’ Stress Solutions Puzzle look like when it comes to 3 Things to Help You be Positive by Starting Your Day with Nutrition?
From personal experience, I’ve noticed the massive difference it makes to my day when I get off on the right start. Remember my motto ‘Little puzzle pieces create a big picture’.
The combination of ‘body fuel’ I’ve listed above helps me reduce physical stress. It helps the body remove unwanted environmental stress and it nourishes at the same time. My hormones are being supported, my brain is being fed (blog for another time) and overall I’m looking after myself.
When I wasn’t eating breakfast my energy levels were low. My brain would be foggy and I was tired because I needed food (physical stress). Drinking my ‘Sanitarium Up and Go’ whilst smoking my cigarettes wasn’t doing me any good either (environmental stress). In hindsight, I was very moody, irritable and tired when I think about it. These feelings set off my emotional stress because my body was under physical and environmental stress. This can happen when you don’t look after it.
For the record, I’ve done this experiment on my husband as well (he can be a difficult subject!). We’re both ex-smokers who never ate breakfast or if we did it would be toast or a bagel at work #thatisnothealthy Now slowly over the years we’ve adopted this ‘new routine’.
We both agree how much better we feel having some juice, supplements and food. We both feel more productive, and my husband says he’s work output has increased. Now he notices the difference when we’re travelling and out of our routine.
If I can get my husband to do it…. So, can you! #noexcuses
This concludes my 3 part ‘positive series’ on how we can get our day off to a ‘cracking great start’ #aussiesaying
The power of 3 will set you free!
Until next time be thoughtful, be mindful, be present. This is Character 32 doing her best to help you!