Your Skinny Morning Routine

Apr 25 2018
Question@2x Hi Lisa, 
 
I’m trying to develop healthy habits, but I always start off the day on the wrong foot… I’m rushed, tired, and hungry! What are your secrets to a skinny morning routine? 
 
Running on Empty
Answer@2x Hi Running on Empty, 
 
Mornings are tough for a lot of people, but even night owls can achieve a healthy morning routine. Here are my top-of-the-morning tips… 

Wake Up Rested

More sleep has been linked to a lower body mass index, so wake up refreshed rather than rushed by heading to bed early. (Netflix can wait!) Set an alarm on your phone to remind you to start winding down at night. Turn off the TV, put away the phone, and stash the snacks (a full stomach can keep you awake). HG tip: Place your alarm all the way across the room, so you have to get out of bed in the morning to turn it off. No point in hitting snooze once you’re on your feet!

Hydrate

Give your body what it needs most after a full night’s sleep: WATER. I love to drink room-temp water. It goes down easy! Also, drinking water throughout the day will keep you feeling full. Caffeine lovers can still have their morning coffee, but I recommend pairing it with a glass of water. And switch to decaf once the afternoon hours hit. Reminder: Don’t turn your coffee into a high-calorie affair by adding loads of sugar and cream; stick with no-calorie sweetener and light milk. 

Stretch

Eliminate that sleepy stiffness… Your body will thank you! Try a yoga video on YouTube, or just freestyle it. Move gently and intentionally. Take deep breaths. Reach for your toes and then for the sky. Even a few minutes of stretching will make a huge difference in your body and mind. And when you’re calm and collected, you’re less likely to stress eat!

Housewalk

No time for a full hour of exercise? 15 - 20 minutes of physical activity is better than nothing! Once you’re on a good sleep schedule, waking up a few minutes early won’t be so hard. Get moving right at home with a little Housewalking (more on that here!). Calorie-burning tip: Walk up and down the stairs if you’ve got ‘em! 

Eat

Here’s the fun part… Breakfast! Trade sugary grab-n-go pastries for high-protein meals. I’m talking egg mugs and fruit-packed yogurt bowls. Not into eating first thing in the morning? Prep a make-ahead morning meal in advance, grab it on your way out the door, and eat when you’re hungry. More time-saving breakfast hacks this way! 

Chew on this:

It’s April 25th, a.k.a. National East Meets West Day! Sounds like a perfect day for our 150-calorie Southwestern Chicken Egg Rolls!

 

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