I'm very excited to welcome you to my first official Be Marvellous blog! In the months to come I'll be writing about food, energy, our bodies, health and vitality. I hope you enjoy it and find the tips useful.
With the days getting shorter and colder, winter is wrapping itself around us, urging us to snuggle up indoors, eat more food and keep warm, I wanted to kick off my first Be Marvellous newsletter about our body’s connection to the rhythms of nature.
It’s sometimes hard to remember in our busy, crazy lives, that our bodies have cycles and rhythms that are directly linked with the cycles and rhythms of nature around us. That's just how we're programmed..
The rising sun wakes the day up and because our bodies are linked to this, our core body temperature rises too, so that we wake up and the energy burning factory inside us (aka our metabolism) does too.
Eating within an hour of waking up stokes your metabolic fire and gets the show on the road, whilst not eating could signal to your metabolism that actually it’s not needed right now, which slows it down. This can leave us feeling lethargic which is why we reach for caffeine to substitute our lack of energy.
By the middle of the day, the sun is at its highest and our body temperature peaks at this time too. This is when our digestive fire is at it’s greatest, so a decent lunch is what your body really needs.
Between 2pm and 4pm our temperature dips temporarily – now we know why a siesta looks sooo good at this time of the day, if only huh? Those sunny Europeans had the right idea all along!
Between 4pm and 7pm body temperature rises again and those that have had a nap have renewed energy and some other lucky ones might get a second wind too. I know this can be a tricky time for Mums…what with hormones all over the place, possibly a skipped lunch and definitely no nap - I’ve been there! I'll be talking a lot more about how to help our hormones in future newsletters.
By 9pm our body starts preparing for sleep. Our temperature drops and metabolic rate slows down. That's why eating a big meal at night sometimes doesn’t feel so good.
So in essence, exercise and eating is best done when our body temperature is rising and our metabolism is fired up - that way it won't feel like such a struggle - and when our body temperature is dropping, eating big meals and exercising doesn't work so well.
Moving into the Christmas silly season, it’s a good idea to be aware of these rhythms. Even though the season is all about exuberance and over-indulgence, nature is instructing us to look inwards, to let go of what we no longer need and focus on what is precious in our lives. So go with the flow, keep warm, snuggle up and enjoy the introspection and the longer nights.