Last night was Lost night and Jensen had a long day at work, cutting it close to getting home in time for our Tuesday night tv veg-out. He just grabbed dinner on his way home and I had a big ole bowl of cottage cheese with mango and pineapple and the last of my Eat Clean Apple Drop biscuits.
I was perfectly fine with our unexciting dinner. I cook most nights because I like to cook and hubby needs food after a long day of work and often little for lunch. However, dinner is not my favorite meal. I love to go out to eat and try new restaurants and the logical time to do that is usually dinner. It’s a great time to have a glass of wine and catch up with friends. When at home we always eat at the table and it’s our time to catch up on the day sans tv. I grew up this way with dinner as family time. I am a fan of all those aspects of dinner, but the timing is off for me. I’m just not that hungry at night.
In general my favorite times of the day are morning and mid-day, and my favorite foods are breakfast foods. I love exercising in the morning and feel I have more energy at that time. It’s funny that at one time (high-school and most of college) I never ate breakfast and hated mornings. Now, I’m a true morning person and prefer to be up early and go to bed early.
Do you feel more like this?….It turns out that being a morning person or a night owl is somewhat genetic. Everyone has an inborn basic biological rhythm called the circadian rhythm. In our teenage and college years, most lean toward night owl, but as people get older, they become more synchronized to their built-in biological rhythms. The begin to either showing a preference and higher energy level in the evening or in the morning. On the other hand, as we get older there is typically more of a need to wake up and go to a job or take care of children. If you want or need to join me in my morning glory, Newsweek has 9 tips to switching over.
1. Routine. Try to get up at the same time everyday.
2. Let the sun shine in. Open blinds to allow light in. Light is how the body sets its clock.
3. Get some extra help. Sleeping pills may be needed in the evening. They should be TEMPORARY, though, just long enough to establish a desired routine
4. Noises off. Do not read or watch tv in bed\
5. Smart snacks. Don’t eat heavy meals at night, but some snacks may help with sleep. Foods such as turkey or milk that contain amino acid tryptophan may help. Also, avoid alcohol. It may induce sleepiness but once it wears off it actually interferes with sleep.
6. Curb the caffeine. Do not drink coffee or caffeine in the afternoon.
7. Wind down, not up. Don’t exercise near bedtime. Exercise raises body temperature and can interfere with sleep.
8. Get help. If you are having trouble establishing a routine or sleeping well, it may be a sign of an underlying condition. See a doctor.
9. Don’t be hard on yourself. Morning slowness does not mean your lazy. It is at least 50% genetic. Even night owls tend to shift toward earlier bedtimes and earlier rising as they age, after 60.
What is your favorite time of day?/Favorite meal?