Feeling Rushed? How to Have a Slower Morning

Good morning and happy Thursday!  It doesn’t feel like Thursday this week, does it?  I’ve been thinking a lot lately about this one change I made in my daily routine lately, and I thought it would be fun to talk about it here.  And since I’m enjoying my slower morning now, I figured it would be a good time to write this post.

how to have a slower morningWhen we travel, I always pick up some trinkets or souvenirs to remember our trip and the places we visited.  I usually end up placing them around the house, my office, or even in my car as a constant reminder of the amazing experiences and places we’ve been.

When we traveled all around Scandinavia, Russia and Europe this May, something felt a little different.  Of course, I wanted to get some of the classic items that the countries were known for, but I couldn’t help but admire more of their way of life than their material items.  A lot of things stood out to me.  Perhaps the one we’ve taken to heart the most, though, is slowness and consciousness in daily activity.  Let me explain….

I couldn’t help but notice a few things that were different in places like the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, etc.:

  • No drive-thrus
  • No fast food joints, except for the occasional train station or airport McDonald’s
  • Not a lot of to-go options at restaurants or cafes
  • Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts and Panera were missing and replaced by cool, chill cafes
  • No white paper cups in people’s hands as they hurried off to work or school (they’re too busy biking everywhere — no earphones or anything!). 

In other words, it seemed to me like their culture was not based off of being in such a rush all the time.  It made me realize that, although I love the U.S., we have an entire industry and culture dedicated to getting you somewhere faster.

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Since my brain tends to think about everything in terms of health and food, I couldn’t help but notice the effect this has, or seems to have, on our health.  So I thought to myself, “What can I do to implement small changes to slow down and enjoy what I’m doing at the time I’m doing it?”  I thought about how different my daily morning routine looked compared to that of a typical working person in the Netherlands, Denmark, etc.  I had to be honest with myself and think of how rushed I was/felt.

I’m usually rushing around, packing plenty of food (in to-go containers, of course), making coffee and putting it into a huge insulated mug, drinking coffee in the car on the go (not even enjoying it because I’m not stopping to think…), etc.

Now I’m trying something new.  Something that looks a little more like intuitive eating (thanks to Paige!), but which also applies to things other than food.  So what am I actually doing? Slowing down and enjoying what I’m doing at the moment — aka. having  slower morning.  Here’s what I’ve done to try to implement a slower, more enjoyable morning:

  • Go to bed at night earlier, in order to accomplish the next thing…
  • Wake up earlier 
  • Get out of bed within a few minutes of waking up
  • No TV in the morning (not watching the news has lifted my mood!)
  • Making coffee to enjoy at home with Ryan
  • Making a very small breakfast (I’m not particularly hungry when I first wake up – so I still like to eat my breakfast when I get to work)
  • Sit, without TV or my iPhone, with Ryan and enjoy our coffee and breakfast.

It’s made such a nice difference!  It’s a work in progress and it definitely can’t be every morning — I still have hearings, depositions, or other work/life obligations that don’t allow me to sit and enjoy each morning the same way.  But at least I’m doing it some or most of the time!

Have you guys ever brought home anything from a trip that has stuck with you?  Do you enjoy slower mornings or think they would help set you up more a calmer, more enjoyable day? 

Healthiest Travel Snacks | Flying Edition

Hi all!  I haven’t gotten into it too much on the blog quite yet, but I am a travel fanatic! I have traveled all over the world and in a few weeks I’m going to check several more places (Russia, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Netherlands, Estonia, etc.) off my list.  I can’t wait to write about it!  I focus on food on the majority of trips I take (shocking, I know!).  Although I’m pumped to try some exotic, new foods when I get to my destination, I know that the airlines are not going to give me very good options on my way there.

I’ve flown 25+ hours to fly around the world.  That’s a lot of time to eat snacks : )

healthy travel snacks

 

Whatever you bring, you want it to (1) be easy to eat on a plane, (2) not smell, and (3) stay well in your bag.

I try to bring a variety of snacks to combat the sweet, salty, and savory cravings that may strike.  Here are some ideas of things you can bring along with you if you’re traveling by plane:

  1. Fresh fruit you can eat with minimal mess: grapes, apples, pears, blueberries, banana.  I wash everything before I go to the airport, and pack them in Ziploc bags with a paper towel for easy eating.
  2. Veggies: cut up peppers, cucumbers, baby carrots, or other similar veggies and pack in a small lunchbox/cooler bag to bring on the plane.
  3. Hummus package: see #2.
  4. Good quality dark chocolate.
  5. Popcorn: I love taking Boom Chicka Pop and putting some in a Ziploc bag for the plane ride.
  6. Gum and mints.
  7. Lara Bars and KIND bars: Try to grab the KIND bars that have less than 5 grams of sugar so it’s more of a snack than a dessert.
  8. Justin’s Almond Butter or Peanut Butter packets: these are a life saver.  Keep a few in  your carry on to add quick protein and healthy fats to airport oatmeal (from Starbucks!), a piece of fruit (i.e. apple, banana), or some veggies (i.e. carrots, celery).
  9. Trail mix: either make your own healthy mix ahead of time, or grab some of the healthier options from Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, or Wegmans.
  10. Dried items: roasted chickpeas for some protein/fiber, raw almonds for protein and healthy fats, or dried fruit (with no added sugar) for something sweet.
  11. Protein Powder: to make your own packets, put 1 scoop in a snack sized Ziploc bag.  Bring a packet for each day you are away.  It’s so easy to toss in a glass of water, milk, or non-dairy alternative and have a quick protein-rich drink on the go.

Here’s an airport tip in case you need a healthy breakfast on the go –> if there’s a Starbucks or other coffee shop nearby, grab an oatmeal (it’s a much better option than that stale bagel that’s been sitting in the airport for 3 weeks) and use the banana and Justin’s almond/peanut butter packet you brought to create a more filling breakfast.  I like to slice the banana and add the nut butter on top.

Here’s an example of what I brought with me on a recent trip to Denver, CO:

travel snacks

Are there any snacks you like to bring with you when you travel? Is there anything you look forward to in the airport or on the plane? Who can resist airplane peanuts?! (Although I noticed they don’t serve them much anymore!)


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