The goal is to wake feeling amazing and to get the most out of my day. I crave jumping out of bed with oodles of energy and morning is my favourite time of day – breakfast is my favourite meal and I love the smell of morning air. Of corse this doesn’t happen every day. Like today I woke feeling pretty lousy with a heavy head. Didn’t drink a drop of alcohol last night but headaches run in my family and I also ate dinner after 9pm which doesn’t work for me and I notice I feel worse the next day when I eat late. It’s Saturday! I didn’t want the day to go to waste (plus I have a friends engagement party tonight) so pulled out all the yummy tricks and feel much better now. Here are my tips for beating that lousy feeling!…
The first thing I did when I got up this morning feeling lousy was head down to my local pool to do some laps. It took some motivation but swimming is one of the best ways to start feeling good. Headaches are a sign of dehydration and immersing ourselves deep in water compresses and shuts down the capillaries of the skin increasing perfusion of your brain. An ocean swim is better but the pool was closer to my house.
Before I ate breaky, on an empty stomach, I had a freshly squeezed cold pressed green juice. I could go on forever about the benefits of anything green. Drinking a fresh juice will give you a beautiful supply of vitamins, minerals and enzymes that will be easily absorbed into your bloodstream for immediate use. Try to always drink freshly juiced drinks immediately because the longer you leave it, oxidisation occurs which compromises its nutritional value. I then ate breakfast which was plain avocado on wholemeal sourdough.
I was very lucky that Sydney saw some sun today and I knew I had to see it for just 20 minutes! Vitamin D is best absorbed straight from the skin and although this is great for regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphorous for strong bones and teeth, sun simply makes me feel amazing. I got outside for 20 minutes and noticed a difference.
DITCH THE JUNK
Feeling lousy isn’t a time for unhealthy food so even though you may feel like take away and greasy burgers you will certainly feel better from nutrient-rich foods. Try something like my pumpkin and spinach frittata here, or if you are ordering out keep ingredients simple.
When you feel like this it’s also best to keep coffee and other stimulants to a minimum. Avoid sugar, processed food and loud noises. All of these will contribute to a heavy head and will possibly worsen your day.
Now it’s time for sleep and we all know the benefits of a good rest. Get under the doona and close those eyes.