First of all, let me say I do NOT like getting up early. I have enjoyed my night owl-ness even post kids. I’ve been known to push the snooze button every 9 minutes for an hour. Crazy, right?
You know what though? I rarely fall back asleep, at least quality sleep. I may doze for a few minutes here and there and that’s about it. Not only that, but I start to feel guilty because there ARE things that I could be doing that frankly, would make my day run A LOT smoother.
So would you be surprised to hear that all this changed over the course of last year? WHAT? Trust me, no one is more shocked than me. Suddenly, I can get up in the morning! Like NO PROBLEM! Don’t get me wrong, I still LOVE my bed and my warm covers, but more times than not, I wake up BEFORE my alarm. DOUBLE WHAT?
Seriously, I still can’t believe it. In fact, I was so disturbed by this turn of events that I actually sat down and figured out what changed. What happened? I looked back over the course of the last year and do you know what changed? What I did different? You want to know my secret? It’s life-changing on so many levels!
I changed what I ate.
Yep, it’s that simple. Diet has been the biggest change for me in the last year. I completely overhauled my eating habits to heal my gut which is another story for another day. I’m not saying it’s a walk in the park. I’ll be real and tell you it’s HARD, but let me tell ya, the benefits are WOW.
So what secret food did I eat to help me get up in the morning? I’m sorry to burst the bubble, but it was what I REMOVED from my diet that changed my morning story.
I REMOVED the following two food groups from my diet and it completely transformed my mornings. I went from painstakingly hauling myself out of bed (with much groaning and at time tears) to waking up before my alarm.
Removing sugar from your diet is no joke. I grew up on sweets. My life revolved around dessert, my favorite food group! I never felt like lunch or dinner was complete unless I had dessert.
How does giving up sugar get me up in the morning? Great question! Did you know blood sugar problems are the second leading cause to insomnia? Added sugar also generates a hormone cortisol that stimulates the brain….which you guessed it, keeps you awake or causes your brain to wake up during the night.
Giving up sugar will make you more awake during the day and help you sleep better at night, so you wake up feeling refreshed!
Other than sleep, why would you want to give up sugar? Did you know that eating sugar causes INFLAMMATION in your body? That inflammation can weaken your immune system, cause chronic diseases, joint pain, stomach aches, anxiety, yeast infections, weaken your eye sight, behavior problems like ADD and of course the big diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease. That’s just a small taste of the problems it causes.
Did you also know that it is one of the most common FOOD ADDICTIONS? I mean, I know we sometimes joke that we are addicted to sugar, but it’s true, you can be addicted to sugar! Your body creates a chemical reaction that causes you to crave it. And to top it off, food retailers encourage this addiction by creating products that reach the “bliss point”. What is “bliss point” you ask? It’s the ideal amount of sugar (or salt) that makes a food most palatable. I guess from a business perspective I can understand wanting to create foods that taste good so people will buy more of it, but at what cost?
I talked about my journey to cut grains out of my diet in this recent post. It was a baby-step process that took nearly half a year to accomplish, but I did it! I know you can too if you follow my 5 step plan. Eating grains or any carbs for that matter causes a spike in insulin which messes with your hormone production (aka extra cortisol and adrenaline are produced) and the whole mess causes INFLAMMATION. Sound familiar? Yes, even whole grains have sugar in them. So if you are a carb lover like I was, the simple truth is that your body can’t handle the onslaught. It just can’t keep up! At some point your body is going to say enough is enough. For me, it happened over a period of 5 years. I started eating more carbs to manage symptoms from my IBS and got addicted crackers and bread. It’s so easy, let me tell ya and you may already know and are ignoring that little voice in your head that says something isn’t quite right about the whole thing. I’m paying that price now. Save yourself the pain, inflammation, sickness and days of feeling miserable and cut the grains out. I know it’s hard, but I also know you can do it because it’s totally worth it.
I hope after reading this YOU are saying enough is enough! It’s time to take control of my mornings! (And as a bonus you also take control of your body and your mind). Are you ready to change your mornings so you wake up easily EVERY DAY?
What are you doing to make your mornings easy every day? Share in the comments below.