36 Morning Habits for a Great Start of The Day

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Getting up early and having a morning routine every day is one of the best things you can learn to do in your life.

It’s not a coincidence that all successful people have always done it. The benefits are tremendous.

And it’s not really for everyone, many of those who try soon give up. It takes ambition and purpose to start doing it, from then on – consistency, willpower and motivation.

You need to be patient and responsible if you want to lead a lifestyle like that. But all that happens over time.

The best way is to change one thing at a time, focus on just doing the action for the day, not to be distracted by other new behaviors you’re trying to adopt, and to always keep in mind why you do it.

But sometimes, even after people get used to getting up early and they have all that time for themselves that they never had before, they wonder how to fill it.
Or maybe you’ve been reading so much about how successful people spend their mornings, that you feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start.

Well, you’re already on the right track.

Now you need to choose a few morning habits to add to your morning routine.

The truth is that it doesn’t really matter how many of them you’ll do, which one will come first, or whether or not you’ll dedicate them a lot of time. Your only job is to do the same thing tomorrow, and the day after that.
Try different variations, combine a few of the following mini habits and see what you enjoy the most, what makes you most productive and what boosts your energy and kickstarts your day.

It’s important to try a few things first and see what works best for you.

So here are some of the best things you can add to your morning routine that can give you great results:

Morning Habits for a Successful Start of The Day

1. journal your thoughts;
2. plan out your day;
3. define 3 most important tasks;
4. break them down into smaller ones so that you can start with the first right after your morning routine;
5. read a passage or two of something motivational;
6. meditate;
7. make your bed;
8. cleanse your face;
9. brush your teeth;
10. use mouthwash;
11. floss;
12. stretch;
13. have a quick workout;
14. drink a glass of water with lemon;
15. listen to music;
16. write down a few things you’re grateful for;
17. have your goals written and read them out loud;
18. say some positive affirmations in the mirror;
19. take your vitamins;
20. go for a jog;
21. take a cold shower;
22. read a powerful quote;
23. have a healthy breakfast;
24. let some fresh air in your room;
25. watch an inspirational video;
26. breathe deeply;
27. get excited about the things you can achieve today;
28. ask yourself “If I get one thing done today that will make me feel accomplished in the evening, what would it be?”;
29. read fiction;
30. drink tea;
31. track your sleep – write down the time you went to bed, how many hours you slept and when you woke up;
32. write down 3 things that will make today great;
33. visualize your ideal lifestyle;
34. read your favorite blog;
35. write a blog post;
36. stop and reflect.

Most of these take no longer than a few minutes. But finding the willpower to do them daily is what will get you ahead of other people.
And by the time they get up, you’ll have done a lot for your personal development.

Choose a few morning habits that will let you work on yourself mentally, physically and spiritually. And you’ll see improvement in every area of your life.

So how do you spend your mornings? Do you find time for any of these mini habits?

See also:

10 morning habits successful people swear by
22 quick habits to add to your daily morning routine
Build your morning habits first

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Facts on Saturated Fat and How it Affects Women’s Health

Facts on Saturated Fat and How it Affects Women's Health

If you’re confused about what food are good for you today, but bad for you tomorrow, you’re not alone.

Take fat, for example. One day, all fats are bad. Then we’re told we need healthy fats. Another day, the perception of what’s considered ‘healthy’ fat is under scrutiny. Here’s the skinny on saturated fat.

The Truth About Saturated Fat

Just a few decades ago, fat was the enemy, especially saturated fat as found in butter and other animal-based food products. They’re the kind of fats that solidify at room temperature, which is due to their atomic makeup; the carbon cells are completely covered, or saturated, by the hydrogen cells.

Foods that contain saturated fats include:

– Red meat
– Eggs
– Cheese and other dairy products
– Poultry
– Pork
– Palm and coconut oil

Saturated fat was thought to cause high cholesterol and ailments like heart disease. However, new research has shown that a diet that includes saturated fat and reduces carbohydrates actually has the opposite effect, especially in women over the age of 50. This has led to the rise of low carb and paleo diets.

The benefits of saturated fat has been studied by researchers, dietitians and journalists like Nina Teicholz, whose book, The Big Fat Surprise, summarizes nine years of research on the subject of saturated fat and women’s health.

The conclusions reached by many who’ve viewed the data are that there is no conclusive evidence that saturated fat causes heart disease or obesity when eaten as part of a balanced diet. In fact, over the period between the first recommendations by the American Heart Association demonizing fat in 1961 and now, heart disease, obesity and related conditions have increased.

How Did Saturated Fat Become the Enemy?

The big turning point came after the release of the so-called “Seven Countries” study conducted by Ancel Keys. This research – and false conclusions – looked at diets around the world. Keys determined that the seven countries with the highest rate of heart disease also consumed the highest amounts of saturated fat.

What the study overlooked, and what turned out to be the real cause of adverse health effects, was that people in these countries also ate the highest amounts of processed carbohydrates and sugar. The problem was that Keys went in with a hypothesis about the correlation between fat consumption and heart disease, and rejected any findings that didn’t support his theories.

What’s it All Mean?

We’re not suggesting that fat doesn’t raise cholesterol, which is a contributing factor in heart disease. However, certain kinds of cholesterol are beneficial, even necessary, to good health.

Adding modest amounts of saturated fat and reducing sugar and refined carbohydrate consumption increases the HDL (good) cholesterol and lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol. The trick is to choose the right kinds of saturated fats, not deprivation.

Food With Beneficial Saturated Fat

The right levels of saturated fat in your diet allows you to enjoy eating again. Food tastes better and is more filling, which means less temptation to binge and less over-eating. Choose saturated fat from healthier foods like coconut oil instead of vegetable oil, and grass-fed beef over grain-fed.

If you’ve been depriving yourself and avoiding ‘real’ foods like red meat, cheese and butter, this is good news. The best diet for anyone is one that uses moderation without necessarily excluding entire food groups.