Morning Routine Poll: Results 138

morning routine poll results

Some time ago I created a survey about your morning ritual and posted it on the blog. Now I’ll summarize the results.

I asked 10 questions about different aspects of how you start your day. You can see the answers by clicking ‘Results’ at the bottom of each question.

1. How long have you stuck with your current morning routine?

The conclusion here is quite positive. Almost 40% of the people have been doing the same morning routine for years, while another 25% – for months.

It’s not a bad thing to make changes every now and then, though, as we tend to get quite used to habits we’ve had for years and do them on autopilot or aren’t mindful of the current activity just because we’re not excited about it anymore.

But if you’ve found the morning ritual that works best for you and are satisfied with the results, great!

2. What time does it start?

The winning answer is 5 am (or earlier). That’s fantastic! As I believe it’s not because of work, but because you’ve decided to get up earlier and have more time for yourself and to do some healthy and successful habits.

The other popular answers are 6 and 7 am.

3. How long does the whole routine take?

There’s no right or wrong answer here, as even 15 minutes of positive energy and creative activities can be quite life-changing in the long term.

Newbies tend to find a hard time doing all these successful things we’re talking about, and just find the time for one or two. Which is also fine.

The two answers with most votes are 1 h and 1.30 h. That’s amazing! It means that you’re probably having a quick workout, spend some time writing/journaling, reading or just planning the day. Meditating, checking email and just getting ahead of others before they’ve even woken up.

Keep up the good work if that’s the case!

4. Does it help you improve other areas of your life?

80% answered with ‘Yes!’.

I share their opinion.

As for the others, they’re probably doing unproductive activities, feel like getting up early and having a morning routine is an obligation, or don’t do stuff they enjoy.

5. What activities do you include in it?

The answers here can be many.

Most of the participants choose to have breakfast (hopefully a healthy one), to do some reading or writing, to drink their coffee and get ready for work.

I’m sure most women use the early hours of the day to take care of their skin and looks with a beauty routine. So they begin the day with meaningful beauty brand products.

Many more things can be added to that, of course, if you want to make the most of your mornings. Here are 36 morning habits to check out if you’re looking for ideas.

6. What about these powerful practices?

Here I’ve mentioned a few more mindful and focused activities.

People mostly chose drinking a glass of water, meditating, defining the most important tasks for the day and visualizing.

All these are great. And each improves so many areas of our life without us even noticing.

7. How would you best describe your morning ritual’s main theme?

Here the answers vary. Which means that everyone’s doing it for themselves and has different goals.
Some people answered with personal development, while others were more specific and chose productivity, positivity and spirituality.

8. Do you have it on weekends too?

Half of the participants have their morning routines on weekends, while the other half don’t.

I suppose the situation is like that mostly because the second half prefer to sleep a bit more, spend time with family and do other things they enjoy.

9. How does failing to follow it affect the rest of your day?

30% try to make up for it by being more productive later in the day. That’s also the best advice I can give.
Another 20% just get over it.

And less than 10% say it ruins their day. To them I can say that letting go and moving on is the solution to avoiding such stress and disappointment. Simply knowing that you’ve tried, that you still want to improve your habits and that tomorrow is another chance, is more than enough to inspire you to try again.

10. Can you say it’s the habit that produces the most results for you?

A similar number of people have answered ‘yes’ and ‘yes, together with 1-3 other habits’.

In conclusion, I’d say that the results are looking good. But that’s just a bunch of people. Hopefully, many more out there will realize how morning routines can change a person’s whole life – his attitude and vision, mood and level of happiness and success, relationships, energy level, etc.

I just finished an eBook called “The Beginner’s Guide to a Successful Morning Routine”. It covers absolutely everything you need to know. And goes together with another book that is a collection of 101 morning rituals and is a great source of inspiration and ideas.

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Facts on Saturated Fat and How it Affects Women’s Health 12

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.