Waking Up Without Coffee Made Easy

Waking Up Without Coffee Made Easy

If you’re trying to cut down on caffeine or you accidentally run out of K-cups, there are other ways to wake up fast in the morning. Rub your eyes and take a look at these tips for natural energizers.

Breakfast Ideas for Waking Up without Caffeine

1. Drink water. Your body needs water to function efficiently, so a big glass in the morning will prime your metabolism and help you digest food. Rehydrate with 16 ounces of water served up at room temperature or colder if you prefer.

2. Peel an orange. Citrus smells have a stimulating effect, so indulge in oranges, grapefruits, and tangerines. Whole fruits have an advantage over juice in giving you more fiber.

3. Add mint. Mint is another invigorating choice. Brew a cup of mint tea, sprinkle mint on your eggs, or pop a breath mint on your way to the office.

4. Reach for protein. When you’re planning your breakfast menu, opt for dishes high in protein to give you energy. Some delicious choices are eggs, Greek yogurt, and bean burritos.

5. Focus on complex carbohydrates. Stabilize your blood sugar by eating whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. Starting the day with fruits and vegetables will also help you to reach the recommended 7 to 9 servings.

6. Prepare the night before. What if you’d like a hearty meal, but you know you’ll be in a rush, Arrange the ingredients before you go to bed. Whip up a smoothie that’s ready for the blender or a casserole you can pop in the microwave.

7. Pack it up. Design your breakfast to go. Buy individual packages of yogurt drinks or unsweetened cereal. Bring your hardboiled egg to work and eat it at your desk.

Other Lifestyle Ideas for Waking Up without Caffeine

1. Let in the light. Exposure to light signals your brain that it’s time to stop sleeping. Turn on your bedroom lights as soon as your alarm clock goes off. Open a window or go outdoors for at least a few minutes.

2. Skip the snooze button. Those extra few minutes of slumber are actually sabotaging your efforts. You wind up feeling more groggy than if you jumped out of bed. Put the alarm clock out of reach if you need help resisting temptation.

3. Take a cool shower. Count on cold water for an instant jolt. If a freezing shower sounds unpleasant, cool water will do. You can also splash cold water on your wrists and face.

4. Work out. Exercise is a great pick-me-up, especially in the early hours. Join a 24 hour gym where you can visit at dawn, and avoid long lines for the rowing machine. Sign up for a tai chi class in your local park.

5. Have a laugh. You can’t feel drowsy when you’re whooping it up. Spend a few minutes playing with your children or pets. Listen to a funny program during your commute.

6. Make some small talk. Engaging in conversation will challenge your brain to start thinking clearly. Share interesting news stories or daily plans with your family at the breakfast table. Greet your neighbors and chat with retail workers while you run errands before work.

7. Go to bed on time. Giving your body adequate rest is the ideal wake-up strategy. Turn off the TV and computers so you’ll have a full night’s sleep.

Moderate amounts of caffeine are considered safe for most adults, but you don’t have to depend on coffee to help you rise and shine. Even when there’s no Starbucks in sight, there are plenty of options to help you start your day bright and alert.

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Starving Ain’t Sexy: 10 Simple Ways to Never Go Hangry Again

Starving Ain’t Sexy: 10 Simple Ways to Never Go Hangry Again

“When I get hangry, anything within arms reach could be part of my number 20. Mmm, this is potpourri. Smells good, in my mouth. That’s not food. Hehe don’t tweet this.” ~Tina Fey in an American Express commercialhow to stop being hangry on a diet

Ever get hangry? That’s when you get so hungry that you get kinda pissed. That feels awful, if you ask me.

And I don’t know about you, but I am really into being comfortable. And that’s why when I lost 100 pounds, I did it without starving, sweating or surgery – but everyone wants to know: how’d I manage to keep the hunger pangs under control?

As we all know, that feeling in the pit of our stomach that makes us feel like we’re starving can be pretty lethal to our weight loss efforts. 

Let’s get real for a minute here: sometimes it’s hard to concentrate on work, family, or anything else because of the cravings. Luckily, there are several ways to alleviate this situation. I have covered a TON of them in Project Blissful, as well as the following:

 

Anyhoo…you should totally read those – but in the meantime, try these weight loss hacks to control hunger pangs and stick to your diet at the same time:

2. BREAK THE FAST! Get back into the habit of eating breakfast. It’s easier to prevent the pangs than to treat them, so eating breakfast is important.

  • Breakfast can help you control blood sugar levels throughout the day and stop hunger pangs from ruining your diet. It’s important to eat a complete breakfast that combines carbohydrates, proteins, and healthy fats into one meal.

3. No “meat,” no eat! Eat your protein. Protein can make you feel satisfied after a meal or snack, so you’re less likely to crave other foods.

  • You can select food that has protein and still fits your diet. For example, nuts and seeds are a healthy source of protein. Peanut butter and other butters, such as almond butter, also pack a healthy serving of protein.
  • A handful of cashews will stave off depression!
  • A few dark-chocolate covered almonds and a cup of coffee makes for a nice mid-morning pick-me-up – especially when you follow tip #10 along with it!

4. Slow the freak down! Chew well and eat slowly. If you swallow your food without chewing it enough, then it becomes more difficult to feel full. The rate at which you eat affects your stomach hormones and how you feel.

  • A study, titled “Eating slowly increases the postprandial response of the anorexigenic gut hormones, peptide YY and glucagon-like peptide-1,” found that eating slowly was better. The researchers discovered eating too quickly affected the release of stomach hormones related to feeling full. (That’s why I’ve got that 20-minute rule!)
  • Researchers recommend eating slowly, so the stomach hormones that make you feel full have a chance to become active.

5. Chew through the “pangs.” Chew gum in between meals. Researchers have found that gum can help you avoid temptation and stay on your diet. A study from the University of Rhode Island found that chewing gum encouraged people to eat less during the day. (It’s true! But so can brushing your teeth – and you’ll get less gas that way – just saying.)

6. Low-Carb is so 2010. Eat potatoes. Potatoes can be a useful tool for fighting hunger pangs. They have a resistant starch that takes longer to digest, so you feel full for a greater length of time. You won’t feel hungry while you’re still trying to digest the potato you had for lunch.

  • It’s important to eat healthy preparations of potatoes, so potato chips and French fries shouldn’t be on the menu. Baked or steamed potatoes can help you stay on your diet.

6. Add more grapefruit to your diet! If you like it, these citrus fruits can help you control hunger while providing more vitamin C. Grapefruits can help control blood sugar levels, so you avoid the dangerous spikes that lead to hunger pangs.

  • Fresh grapefruits are easy to add to your diet. They can be part of a fruit salad or smoothie for breakfast. They can also be cut into small pieces for a quick snack.

7. Aroma-therapy anyone? Did you know that smelling certain foods without eating them can help you control hunger pangs? Researchers have found that different aromas can be used to feel full.

  • A study, titled “Food aroma affects bite size,” revealed that aroma could be used to control hunger. Researchers discovered that people took smaller bites of food with different aromas. They noticed that controlling the scent of the food affected how much people ate.

8. Start adding coconut oil to your coffee or tea in the morning. This stuff has seriously changed my life, people. Not only does it reduce hunger, but it also helps your skin look better and can help you lose weight – especially around your midsection. I can’t say enough about the stuff – and you can get a month’s supply for under ten bucks.

  • Don’t forget to count the calories. Coconut oil has around 130 per tablespoon – but they’re worth it, trust me. 
  • If you don’t drink coffee or tea, you can add coconut oil to your diet by using it in your cooking .
  • Be sure to get the unrefined, organic coconut oil for maximum benefit.
  • Remember that a little fat in your diet is necessary, and coconut oil offers one of the best sources of it.

9. Drink a glass of water before you eat – a full 16 ounces. A lot of times when we think we’re hungry, we’re actually thirsty. So drink some water and wait a few minutes before you eat anything.

  • Ice water is best as it will cause your body to heat up and burn a few extra calories, but any water will do.

10. Try my 20 minute rule! Remember that it takes 20 minutes for your brain to signal your tummy it’s full – so anytime you want to have seconds or even eat something that isn’t on your plan for the day, wait 20 minutes before you do it. This deal works for me almost 100 percent of the time – and I totally use it still today. Give it a shot.

Hunger pangs don’t have to destroy your diet – just beat them with these diet hacks instead. By planning ahead and using these strategies, you can stay on your diet and subdue your cravings.

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Now it’s your turn! Tell me what works best for YOU to stave off hunger – leave your thoughts in the comments below. 

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