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Photos By Karen Woo
I was never a morning person until I became a mom. Sure, the thought of being able to get more done in the day if I rose earlier was tempting but sleep (and or tiredness) always got in the way. But nowadays thanks to Winston, my toddler, who is the earliest-riser of our family, getting up by 7am has become a norm. It’s because we’ve all started going to bed a little earlier. The saying that the hours you sleep before midnight are worth ‘double’ seems to be working for us. I love being up by the crack of dawn now, I can fit so much more into the morning: a run, a read, a flatlay and breakfast! I used to be a serial cereal skipper but nowadays breakfast is a staple in our diet.
Recently, I met a few nutritionists who advocate having more protein (and healthy fats) on our breakfast plates, to help us function better in the morning. Of course, low GI foods help to stabilize insulin release and therefore our energy levels too. Having protein and healthy fats for breakfast helps us to feel fuller for longer. Hubby was super happy to hear that bacon and eggs, his childhood favourite, was a menu option. My mom has been having oats and sweet potato every morning for the past decade and she is healthier, and looks 10 years younger than anyone her age. I’m a fan of having fruit in the morning because it has the shortest gut transit time. Plus, it’s a sweet start to the day!
What’s your morning routine like? Are you hoping to get up earlier too? One tip I give my friends who are night owls is to simply sleep 15 minutes earlier, so you can get up 15 minutes earlier. Do this gradually, and you’ll have formed a better and healthier lifestyle habit. After all, we need good sleep to prepare us for a good morning!