Route 66 Installment #17: Junk Food & InsomniaReading Time: 3 minutes
For much of the country, bikini (and Speedo) season is less than 40 days away.
Because I live in AZ, I wear few clothes all year round, which doesn’t allow much latitude for bulking up over the winter. I’m more aware of how I eat and drink than ever before.
But clean eating is more than just a vanity play.
This month, I’ve talked about various aspects of your life and how you can “spring clean” them.
Sadly, processed food has been poisoning us for years. This book was a real eye-opener for me.
I recently discovered from personal experience that adult-onset food allergies are also a thing.
Yeah, I know you may love your ice cream, Cheetos, or breadbasket. Or, you might crave those 33 pounds of cheese that Michael Moss says the average American consumes each year. I’m not the food police. Splurge away. But just be aware that what you put into your body can have a significant impact on both your gut and your head.
Stressed and depressed?
It may be work or life pressures. Or, it may be that bag of Oreos you ate last night. Here’s how food correlates with mood and mental health.
According to recent studies, eating well starting at an early age can add as much as ten years to your life.
And, after you’re done eating…
Get some high-quality sleep!
I miss the days when I could easily sleep to noon on weekends (although it cut into my daylight fun time). Getting enough sleep is even more important as we age.
Here are 7 benefits of getting a good night’s sleep. Power down your devices, don’t stuff yourself before bed (or get up for a midnight snack) and track your sleep quality so you can pinpoint why you may be tossing and turning. I’ve started wearing one of these so I can better understand what keeps me up at night (literally).
Jacked, lucid, and well-rested
So, whether your motivation is that skimpy body-revealing bathing suit or just better performance at work and in life, you should consider what goes into your mouth and when you put your head on that pillow.
And if you want more tips about spring cleaning your diet and sleep patterns…
|These 9 foods are associated with longevity
|Ways to politely say “no” to a food pusher
|Don’t do these things after you eat
|Tips for faster snoozing