Good morning everyone!
My goodness – let there be LIGHT 8) It hasn’t been this light in the morning since June! Thanks to daylight savings time, I went on my morning Mom walk under a full moon and dark sky, got ready, and when I emerged it was nice and bright!
This morning’s breakfast mirrors my light induced, bright mood. I’m having a simple Banana and Cherry Cashew PURE Bar.
Love this flavor – it’s got a nice tangy zip from the cherries and big crunchy pieces of walnut throughout the whole bar.
Bananas have been getting bashed lately as being detrimental to weight loss due to their high sugar and carbohydrate content. I say, psshhht. It’s a banana! You can’t write off bananas! Do you eat bananas?
Lunch is very exciting today…
I packed a Crunchy Sweet & Sour Salad
In the mix:
- Romaine hearts
- Chopped baby carrots (crunchy)
- Dried cranberries (sweet)
- Sliced pickles (sour)
Dressing is a creamy, honey-mustard style dressing.
I also packed a Honeycrisp Apple with some Homemade Pumpkin Butter for dippeage.
Mmmm – this might end up being one of those times where the apple slice is just the vehicle to get the dip in my mouth. I could eat this stuff by the spoonful, I tell you!
Speaking of daylight savings time, it was certainly a shock to the system when 5:30 rolled around last night and it was pitch black outside – eek! A lot of people tend to get the “winter blues” around this time of year and it’s not hard to see why when a lot of us go to work or school when it’s dark, and come home when it’s dark! Here are a couple of ways to beat the blues:
- Eat foods that are high in Vitamin D such as fish, milk, oatmeal and mushrooms to increase serotonin levels in your body, which influence mood.
- Purchase a sunlight lamp which can increase the release of serotonin, and place it on your desk at work or bedside table.
- Keep a bottle of coconut or tropical scented lotion in your purse or on your desk, for an instant mood-boosting scent reminiscent of the beach!
- Get outside and expose yourself to sunlight everyday – even if it’s just for a brief five minute walk.
- Stay away from sugary snacks, which cause a momentary high but will ultimately decrease your energy levels as it wears off.
- Give yourself something to look forward to every week by joining a group or volunteering.
- Try to keep a normal sleep schedule. Don’t go to sleep early, just because it’s dark outside.
- Exercise regularaly to keep your endorphins up and stress levels down.
- Add blankets, candles and decorative touches to your home in shades of the sun – red, orange and yellow.
Is there anything you do to stay positive in the dark winter months?
Among the items above, I try and always plan a Spring vacation so I have something to look forward to. It works!
On a brighter note – enjoy the weather and sunshine today if you can, and have a great Monday!
Do you prefer bright mornings and dark evenings, or dark mornings and bright evenings?
I’d be fine if it didn’t get light out until 10am – as long as it was still light out at 9pm. I like my sunshine at night…so I can wear my sunglasses and not look a fool…