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Don’t start the day in a rush!

Wake up! Wake up! Get a move on!

Before I had my Heart Attack my day started in a rush.  My goal was to get to work as quickly as possible.  Time was money.  Every second counted.

I didn’t do breakfast.

I’d grab a coffee (and “back in the day”, a cigarette) as a “wake me up” when I arrived at the office.

I realise now that this set the rhythm of my day.  I was rushing from the minute the alarm went off.  This typically lasted until I’d finished work, usually a couple of hours after arriving home.

Breakfast

A healthy and happy start to the day!

I now have a new routine, enforced by the need to take my morning medication.  After that, I sit and eat.  I don’t eat anything special, fruit, yoghurt, wholemeal toast, cereal, etc. but it really sets me up for the day.  The time I take to sit and eat, just a few minutes, allows me to gather my thoughts, helping establish a more sustainable rhythm for the day.

A recent study published American Heart Association journal emphasises the importance of a healthy start to the day.  Men who reported missing breakfast had a 27 per cent higher risk of heart attack or death from coronary heart disease than those who reported eating a morning meal.  (Click on the picture below to read more).

Breakfast, but not the healthiest option!