4) Coffee & Alcohol – I’ve done various healthy eating challenges before but I’ve never cut out coffee. I love its rush of morning energy! However, coffee while not “bad” is something it’s nice to take a break from to give your body a rest. While I missed the taste and routine of my morning coffee, after the first few days my energy levels not only improved in the mornings but that usual afternoon slump was much less noticeable. I normally have a hard time falling asleep at night, but I saw improvements in that area. As far as alcohol is concerned, I’m not a big drinker so this wasn’t too hard for me; like coffee, the occasional glass of red wine certainly isn’t harmful but it’s nice to give your body a detoxing break from it on occasion.
5) No Eating After 6:00 pm – My family is from Germany and there is a saying there that dinner should be the smallest meal of the day and is always eaten early usually around 5:00 pm. However, this change turned out to be the hardest for me and I modified it to 3-4 hours before bed which was 7:00 or 8:00 pm for me. The biggest gain was that even though I didn’t follow the strict “before 6:00” rule, I wasn’t
snacking right before bed either.
6) Sleep – My takeaway: A much greater awareness of how much (or little) I sleep. I was under the impression that because I might “go to bed” and wake up roughly 8 hours later that’s how much I was sleeping. What I didn’t account for was trouble falling asleep or waking up in the night. I realized I’m sensitive to caffeine and when I drink coffee even if it’s in the morning there is a greater chance I will have a harder time falling asleep at night. By the end of the 10 days, I was pleasantly surprised by the energy I had throughout the day but then I felt tired close to bedtime and fell asleep and stayed asleep.
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