Why you may want to give it a try.
I have found that changing my morning routine has been pretty difficult. Especially when it comes to changing my eating habits or should I say my not eating habits.
When I started to drink water only for breakfast the improvement was so dramatic it couldn’t be denied. I felt so much better physically. I felt sharper mentally. I felt better emotionally because I felt as if I had one victory for the day.
I came up with 7 reasons that drinking water only for breakfast as improve my life. I won’t suggest that everyone needs to do this but I will suggest it’s something worth considering for yourself. You may want to just run an experiment see what happens.
My new water only breakfast routine is much simpler. I drink 10 ounces of water. I get dressed. I make a cup of green tea. I grab my lunch and go on time. Previously I would come downstairs grab cereal, cereal bowl, crab cream for the coffee, pour cereal in the bowl, get some milk, pour the milk in the bowl, put the milk back, grab some coffee, put in the microwave. Start eating cereal while I wait for coffee. When coffee is out, add cream and sugar, take both to go sit down. Eat the cereal, drink the coffee. Take the dirty dishes put them in the sink. (start the day by making dirty dishes that will have to be cleaned sometime later, that’s a great idea) Then head back upstairs find something to wear, get dressed. Go back downstairs make another cup of coffee for the road. While I wait for the coffee, I grab the lunch, then add cream to the coffee and head out the door. If I’m lucky I would be on time. Simple is a good thing in my book.
By drinking my water only breakfast, I’ve greatly reduce the amount of steps I have to go through to get ready for work. That leads right into my next reason.
I save about fifteen minutes every morning. I’m a morning person, so I love having this free morning time. I use the extra free time to read or listen to something inspirational or educational.
One of the first books I read on health and fitness was called “Your Body’s Many Cries For Water” by Fereydoon Batmanghelidj M.D. ( yes, last name does read Batman…) I have long known the importance of drinking water. Nevertheless getting enough water seems to always be a problem for me. Drinking 10 ounces of water first thing in the morning, hydrating myself to start the day seems like a great idea and I feel good about myself for doing it. I feel like I’m getting ahead of the game when it comes to hydration.
I know people who don’t drink any water during the day. Their almost offended if you suggest it might do them good to drink more water. They manage to get by on coffee or iced tea or Coke. Coke is no substitute for water. I read recently that your muscle cells are 90% water. if that’s true you need water for basic body maintenance. When I start the day with a 10 ounce glass of water I start the day feeling refreshed.
Feeling Lean Longer.
I love feeling lean. Feeling lean for me is that empty stomach feeling I have in the morning, if I did not gorge myself the night before. It feels like a slightly flatter stomach. I feel slightly sunken in, around my ribs. I feel lean in the morning if I don’t put food in my belly immediately. My 10 ounce glass of water delays the moment I put the first bit of real food in my mouth for the day. I get up before 4 a.m. but I’m not putting the first food in my mouth until 7 a.m. that gives me 3 extra hours, feeling lean everyday first thing in the morning. It feels great.
I need energy in order to have a great day. I need to eat foods that provides that energy. However, it takes energy to digest the food we eat. You can demonstrate that by eating a meal just before you go to bed and while you’re supposed to be resting in sleep, your body will be busy, hard at work digesting that food. You’ll wake up lethargic and perhaps exhausted. Why? Because you’ve been working all night digesting while you slept.
Drinking a 10 ounce glass of water first thing in the morning allows me to extend that period of time where my body doesn’t have to do the work of digesting food. For me it extends 3 hours till 7am. I can feel the difference in my energy levels.
A good night’s sleep has amazing restorative power and I just feel so much better. The mental freshness you have after a good night’s sleep is the surface result what your body is doing behind the scenes all the way down to the cellular level. Drinking water first thing in the morning allows me to extend this time of restoration. Three extra hours of restoration time every day can only be a good thing in the long term.
– Remember, I’m not saying that everyone needs to do this. It’s an idea you may want to try for yourself. Run your own experiment and see what happens. If nothing else it will break up the monotony of a morning routine that has gotten a little stale.
Happy Habits – Jim