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Can getting up early improve your health and wellbeing?

Posted by Joanne Neville
Joanne Neville
Energetic lifestyle coach specialising in weight related issues, loving the outd
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on Wednesday, 14 May 2014
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5am and rising...would getting up at this hour of the day make a difference to my wellbeing?

I’ve often wondered how some people jump out of bed at the crack of dawn feeling refreshed and ready to get on with the day. Frankly, I don’t feel that way very often.  And I know that could be down to all manner of things, too much coffee or wine, a sleepless night, eating late, that my body clock is wrong, that I work late evenings with clients...

So after a number of my friends reminded me how they were up at 5am and feeling good and telling me I was more likely to:

Eat breakfast & exercise more readily

Feel more optimistic, positive, calmer and relaxed

Be purposeful and productive

And be more successful in my life

I thought, I’ve got to at least give this a try! But first I had to get over my nagging doubts and excuses that ‘I couldn’t do it, that it wasn’t for me, that those that did get up at 5 were mad!’

My barriers to this crazy idea were:

I work late and don’t get home until after 9 a few nights a week

I like my social life at weekends, so how will it work then - what about my nights out?

I’ll be really really tired (getting the right amount of sleep & quality – BBC news 13/5/14)

But the more I looked into it, the more I found research and reports that the benefits to being up with the lark were true. I read ‘The Ultimate Guide To Waking Up Early – How to start your day at the crack of dawn and transform your life by Gordon Sharp (Real Cool. Media)’ which was a great little E-book and also looked at some of the successful people past and present who attributed their success to an early morning start.

So now how was I going to do it- time for action!  5am may be a step too far to start, but how about 6:30am?

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Food and Mood Diaries

Posted by Joanne Neville
Joanne Neville
Energetic lifestyle coach specialising in weight related issues, loving the outd
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on Monday, 28 October 2013
in Wellbeing

Why use a food and mood diary...

Raises your awareness of what you actually eat

Allows you to reflect on how food makes you feel physically and mentally

Shows patterns in what and when you eat

Explores how you felt before and after eating

Allows you to calorie count easier

Helps identify meals and snacks more easily

Helps recognise the difference between physical and emotional hunger

Help you recognise when you are full or have eaten too much

Explores the idea that physical exercise can affect your mood

Identifies where you were and who you were with when eating and any impact it had on choices you made


Food and Mood diaries can be in paper format, set out in a table or a mind map, or you can use a spreadsheet on your computer or app for your smart phone or tablet.  Take a look at this example and check out what’s available on line and choose something suitable to how you work best.

Your Food and Mood diary

Your diary should include:

·         What you ate – the exact food and how much will be useful

·         When – be specific with the time and date

·         How was I feeling before hand – both physically and emotionally. Did you feel tired, fed up, lonely or bored

·         Have I exercised or been active today – what did I do

·         Also think about whether you’ve eaten this way a little, sometimes or a lot in the past and if you can remember when you might have started to do it.

The diary will give you insight and fact into what and how you are eating.  You can then look at putting solutions into place as to how you might change.


My Understanding Your Eating course can help with gaining a better insight into your relationship with food. 

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