Why does this have such a profound effect?
When you start the day with a bowl of sugar-filled cereal or two pieces of toast, you spike your blood sugar. This in turn raises your insulin levels to try and bring your blood sugar back down to normal. This sets off a cascade of hormonal changes in the body that negatively affects everything from your weight to your mood.
However, when you start of your day with protein and fat, rather than carbohydrates, you trigger a series of hormonal changes that sets you up for wellness and good health. This is why I find this one of the most useful changes my patients can make on their journey to optimal health.
Switch off TV, tablets, phones and laptops one hour before bed.
Modern life is full of endless things that we feel we have to do and, in reality, can never fully achieve or complete. There's always a text message, email, tweet, Facebook post, newflash that we “need” to deal with. One of the underlying causes for lots of health problems I see these days, such as anxiety, insomnia and depression, is an inability to switch off.
I've found that by switching off all electronic devices one hour (ideally two hours!) before bed, patients tend to experience higher quality relaxation, which in turn leads to higher quality sleep. For insomniacs it can result in them finally sleeping. For those patients who didn’t think they had a sleep problem, they usually come back reporting better quality sleep.
Better quality sleep in itself has many health benefits: