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Thursday, April 28, 2016

20 Tiny Changes

HI folks,

As promised yesterday during our opera viewing, I said I'd revisit my Tiny Changes theme, first posted in 2014. Between now and when classes resume in late August, I'll post 20 Tiny Changes that can, over time, change your life for the better. And they really are tiny...but you have to do them. Since they are tiny, they're also fairly easy and painless. 

Here's the first: eat breakfast. Every day. For the rest of your life.

I know some of you don't, and some of you think it isn't important. Here are some reasons why it is:

Better memory and concentration. If you have trouble focusing in 8am Theory or a 9am voice lesson, the reason is probably because you haven't eaten. Don't just blame it on the early hour!

Studies have linked eating breakfast with lower "bad" cholesterol. This will make a big difference in your life over the long term.

Skipping breakfast throws off your body's rhythm of fasting and eating. Skipping breakfast often means you'll overeat later in the day.

Your moods will be more stable if you eat regularly. Blood sugar spikes and crashes can be responsible for feelings of depression, anxiety, or even anger. Ever feel "hangry?" You know what I'm talking about.

Weight control. This article from the Mayo clinic tells you why it helps. 

It doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. A protein shake, Greek yogurt (you can add fruit, nuts, or granola to make it more of a treat), eggs (they're cheap, and you can hard boil a dozen ahead of time to get you through the week if you don't like to cook in the morning), instant oatmeal, or even cereal (go for a low-sugar one with some protein, like Go Lean, which is pretty delicious). A fruit and granola bar can work in a pinch. You'll note that I've mentioned some sort of protein for most of these options: including protein is important, as it gives your breakfast more staying power. For now, consider it a triumph if you eat any sort of breakfast at all. You can always aim to improve it over time.

I say it again: eating healthy DOES NOT have to be expensive. It just takes a little planning and thought. Start this habit this summer and see how differently you feel throughout the day.

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