“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”
– Marcus Aurelius
Everything In Moderation, Even “Superfoods”
Food research is complex—but the results are often simplified into catchy headlines. “In a cup of coffee are some phenolic acids that have a positive effect on heart health,” says a group of nutritional scientists, “but other compounds that can increase cholesterol.”
So, when a news story tells you to drink so much coffee or wine a day for health, be aware that the reality is not that simple. And, that too much of anything can be dangerous.
“Be wary about dietary advice that suggests you […] focus on a few ‘superfoods’ that seemingly have magical properties,” say the researchers. “Nutrition is much more complex than that — and eating a healthy diet is much easier.”
In short: eat a varied diet and everything in moderation! Read more here.
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Kevin Harris, Personal Trainer, Wrestling Coach & Founder/CEO of NANBF
The “lifelong fitness fanatic” and CEO typically rises at 6 am. He:
- Wakes using an analog alarm clock. “I leave my phone downstairs overnight, as I have heard blue light can poorly impact your circadian rhythms.”
- Heads straight to the backyard. “I plant my feet on the grass and try to soak in the sunshine and early morning noises. I love listening to my neighborhood waking up and try to practice gratitude first thing for the life I have been blessed with.”
- Makes a healthy breakfast. “I usually go for something packed with carbs and fruit/veggies, as protein is too heavy for me first thing.”
- Sits down with a cup of tea. “I read the news on my phone or do word games to try to become more alert.”
Why it works:
- Keeping your phone far from the bed avoids distractions and disruptive blue light.
- Gratitude is good for you—and so is planting your feet on the grass!
- There’s no simple answer on what to eat for breakfast (or whether to eat it at all). Your best bet is to find what works for you.
- Tea may have health benefits—in moderation of course!
When it comes to choosing what to eat, Kevin’s method of listening to his body is a good one. Are you a breakfast eater? What works best for you for day-long energy?