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by 0 · June 16, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Hi everyone, I was just wondering what you guys do in the morning for breakfast if you have a routine...? I've always wondered what people do...I'm always being told different things like eat an hour within waking or eat small meals during the... (more)

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DawnseyDoll 0 · June 16, 2014 at 8:26 PM

I eat small amounts every few hours, so I actually eat about 8 times a day. This is what works for me. I have some fruit and an egg.

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by 0 · April 12, 2014 at 10:17 PM

I know that there are a lot of you who workout in the morning in a fasted state, and I have also been doing that for the last few years however, I have just discovered that I have very low cortisol upon rising (when it should be the opposite)... (more)

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mko 0 · April 12, 2014 at 10:17 PM

I usually eat a hard boiled egg in the morning before a workout. I boil a couple in advance so I can have a quick and easy snack i n the morning. It may work for you!

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by 0 · June 16, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Hi, I am eating Paleo (almost entirely pure, some bad carbs, no gluten) and I have had a tendency lately to wake up feeling really depressed and with anxiety about a lot of things I worry about. This feeling remains until I eat my breakfast... (more)

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wtfgod 0 · October 15, 2013 at 4:52 PM

i believe the theory is that your body peaks cotrisol production in the morning to raise your blood pressure, so you can go from a horizontal to a vertical state without passing out. ive seen some people suggest that you can mitigate your... (more)

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by 808 · September 16, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Before noon all I want to do is eat tons and tons of sugary crap. After noon I'm the very epitome of a mountain of will power. What gives? If I work out in the morning I gain a bit of will power for about an hour.

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haley12 0 · August 28, 2013 at 11:55 PM

Wow that is super unusual! I am the exact opposite, which makes sense because your willpower should wear down throughout the day... But you could try eating a very satiating and good breakfast and then immediately leaving the house. You can't... (more)

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by 35 · September 16, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Working on a new breakfast meal plan, wondered what foods I should try to include. Any help would be appreciated. Cas

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Andy_16 0 · July 22, 2013 at 11:03 PM

Here is what I eat: 1.) I start with some ground meat (usually pork). Flavor it with spices of choice. Ginger sage is good. 2.) I shred, or cut into small thin pieces sweet potato yam, or plantain and make a hash of them in the frying pan with... (more)

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by 10 · September 16, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Hi all so I have been doing IF for about a week or two and love it. I have decided to start carb back-loading as well. I usually train (crossfit 5-6 days a week) in the morning and as I understand it that's not the optimal time if you are doing... (more)

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by 1523 · September 16, 2014 at 8:06 PM

No, I don't mean cream or sugar. My girlfriend just made me this huge pot of coffee with cinnamon actually poured over the grounds before it brews. Tastes amazing. Anyone else ever done anything like this with other ingredients? My favorite part... (more)

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blueballoon 0 · March 31, 2013 at 3:24 PM

I use cardamom when I brew coffee, probably once a week. (The rest of the time I just brew it black.) My mother used to do that when I was younger, as did my grandmother on occasion. It reminds me of them (and tastes amazing).

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by 1241 · September 16, 2014 at 8:01 PM

Is drinking a lot of water first thing in the morning healthy? Is there any science that supports doing it? Seems to me like drinking something like a quart of water would severely dilute stomach acid.

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Kit_Peters 0 · January 11, 2013 at 3:18 PM

If you're thirsty in the morning, drink some water. If you're still thirsty, drink some more. Most likely, you'll have to pee after a while. This is normal, and you should pee when you get the chance. If you get thirsty again, drink some more... (more)

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by 2904 · September 16, 2014 at 8:01 PM

Generally, I have a ritual when I wake up. I try to adhere to it as regularly as possible. First thing when I wake up I drink 2 tall glasses of water (4 cups, so about 32oz of water.) While I'm sipping on the water, I'll meditate or screw around... (more)

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Angelina 0 · January 10, 2013 at 5:33 PM

I wake up with thoughts of gratitude for another day. I spoke to someone on the phone who is retiring on January 18 after 42 years of doing the same job (I called to get clarity on a bill and he is the person who helped with that.) He said he... (more)

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by 208 · September 16, 2014 at 7:59 PM

first, I have been scouring PH for previous posts, none seem to address my question or they made me have new questions. This is my second day of monitoring BG. I am a non-diabetic, overweight female. I have also slipped significantly in my... (more)

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MathGirl72 0 · December 08, 2012 at 6:57 PM

No, it isn't unusual to have your fasting BG be the highest, especially when eating low-carb. Research "dawn phenomenon;" your liver prepares you for waking and can cause a spike.

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by 10 · September 16, 2014 at 7:59 PM

Hi fellow paleoites :) I started Paleo a few months ago because I was fed up with my 1400 calorie a day diet full of "healthy" whole grains and low fat dairy. I didn't feel too great, and was not seeing the results I was hoping for. I found out... (more)

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Sarah_14 0 · December 03, 2012 at 10:09 PM

There are a lot of different approaches to this. Some women forged ahead and claimed that their "perfect paleo" diet is what cured their morning sickness. Some other women would be critical of you if you diverged from the diet for a bit to get... (more)

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by 1190 · September 16, 2014 at 7:55 PM

So I just tried something a little crazy and it worked! We all know that we are supposed to include grass-fed liver in our diet except some people, like me, find it too disgusting to eat in the usual ways. Yesterday after picking some up from my... (more)

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Monte 0 · September 29, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Disgustingly Brilliant!

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by 85 · September 16, 2014 at 7:53 PM

Hey Hackers! I've been hearing about Kiefer and his carb-backloading. It makes sense and I'm interested in trying it out. However, I can't train in the afternoon/night due to work so I train in the mornings. I heard that there is a morning... (more)

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KA24 0 · September 01, 2012 at 1:10 AM

Listen to Robb Wolf's latest podcast, #147. They address this question directly. Here is the transcript if you don't want to download it. It's a long discussion, like 12 minutes, so it's worth the listen. They address your exact question... (more)

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by 50 · September 16, 2014 at 7:53 PM

First thing in the morning when you wake up ? or not , pros and cons ? thanks

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CD 0 · August 29, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Breakfast, or quite literally, "the breaking of the fast" should be eaten once you are hungry. Your fast will be broken whenever you eat. That being said, here are a couple of scenarios where you should break regardless of your hunger level: 1)... (more)

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by 150 · September 16, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Just concluded a 90 day monitoring of my blood sugar. Sampled 3x a day: Morning (dawn) FBS (average: 90) 2 hours after lunch (average: 85) Bedtime (average: 81, 79 when I throw out a 'couple benders, but even a whole bottle of wine can't get my... (more)

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Nasty_Brutish_and_Short 0 · August 11, 2012 at 4:58 AM

You don't have Dawn phenomenon, your blood sugars are completely normal. Blood glucose spikes due to the Dawn phenomenon are perhaps an order of magnitude higher than what you're experiencing. As to your question about higher morning blood... (more)

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by 438 · September 16, 2014 at 7:49 PM

I have heard that the body has a natural detox mechanism that runs from about 4am to 10am, and that this detox process is disturbed when breakfast is taken before 10am. Is anyone aware of actual research that backs this up? I mean, I'm sure the... (more)

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Happy_Now 0 · August 20, 2012 at 2:42 AM

I heard another take on this recently, that actually encouraged eating pretty close to waking when bile production/digestive juices/liver function i.e. detoxing is at its peak so as to mobilize those juices and keep the pancreas working well. The... (more)

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by 55 · September 16, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Does anyone do AM workouts here? Do you do them straight out of bed? What do you use as a warm up routine? I was thinking of doing kettlebell circuits in the am.

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Dirk_Jan 0 · June 04, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Yeah, love AM-workouts! Pretty much the only time I'll do a workout... I hop out of bed (7-8AM), take a shower, get some BCAA's and hit it. Warmup depends on the workout. If it's strength, I'll warm-up with the specific movement but higher reps... (more)

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by 80 · September 16, 2014 at 7:46 PM

I used to get up hungry (starving!) when my diet was mostly carbs-based. No matter how many kcalories I used to eat (isocaloric regimen). Now that my diet is mostly rich in fats and proteins, sometimes I am hungry at bedtime, but the morning... (more)

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borofergie 0 · May 29, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Because your appetite is no longer ruled by BG swings, you can listen to your body's signals and eat when you are hungry. There is no reason why you should be hungry when your body can simply tap into its (practically unlimited) fat reserves for... (more)

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by 5 · September 16, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Hello, friendly people of PaleoHacksVille. Last week I started doing a lot of reading on paleo and primal nutrition, and 6 days ago, I cut out all grains, dairy, sugar and legumes out of my diet. I subsist mainly on meat and vegetables and have... (more)

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Vivian__1 0 · May 15, 2012 at 1:26 AM

Low carbing messes with your thyroid and serotonin levels...you can hack it by making sure to eat starch before you go to bed...just a little and experiment with the least amount you need. I do well with sweet potatoes, carrots, low glycemic... (more)

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by 1720 · September 16, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Morning, Day, or Night shower? Is one better than the other? What are your thoughts? What do you do and why? I'm curious.

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No_more_ 0 · April 24, 2012 at 4:24 AM

It is better to take hot showers in the morning as heat is stimulating and may keep you up if you shower too close to bed time. I often do some contrast hydro therapy before bed to promote relaxation. This involves alternating hot and cold... (more)

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by 2565 · September 16, 2014 at 7:36 PM

I just read an article http://www.naturalnews.com/034519_meal_planning_digestion_immunity.html#ixzz1i3BxWYgn suggesting that humans evolved to eat our biggest meals in the evening or night because our ancestors were very active during the day and... (more)

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Jeff__1 0 · January 02, 2012 at 9:18 PM

One thing to consider is that presumably hunter-gatherers were not leptin resistant. Part of the success with the leptin Rx may come from resetting diurnal leptin patterns that have become out of whack on a diet of processed foods, etc. This is... (more)

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by 253 · September 16, 2014 at 7:32 PM

First, a little background. I'm a pretty fit person, 24 yrs old, 6' tall 185 lbs I don't know exactly what my body fat is but I would guess somewhere in the 8-12% range. My problem is trying to use my diet to maximize energy levels. Due to my job... (more)

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Jamie_2 0 · November 05, 2011 at 1:03 PM

I know that I've read that Chris Masterjohn (the daily lipid blog) has stated that carbs before bed help him sleep. There's also a book called "Lights Out" that I believe recommends a spoonful of raw honey before bed to help with sleep. I WISH I... (more)

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by 15226 · September 16, 2014 at 7:31 PM

There are a variety of prescriptions for what to do first thing in the morning, which of course correspond to various states of health. What types of people would you into each of these... fasted weight training workout (a la leangains,... (more)

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Phoenix 0 · October 13, 2011 at 1:57 AM

First thing I try to do every morning is get some sunlight in my eyes to tell my pineal gland the nightman is gone and the dayman cometh.

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by 45 · September 16, 2014 at 7:31 PM

I used to wake up early without any problem , now I'm in my 4th week of paleo and it's getting harder to sleep less then 7 hrs. Everything else is OK, except that sometimes I feel weak most of the day, like my muscles are tired. I tried few times... (more)

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Rockgrrl 0 · October 08, 2011 at 12:04 AM

Maybe your more balanced body is telling you you should be getting more than 7 hrs of sleep per night.

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by 260 · September 16, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Since pretty much birth, I've been a night owl - and hated getting up in the mornings. Since going paleo early this summer I have been feeling so much better - all around. Better skin, less bloating, better digestion, better mood, a tiny bit of... (more)

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Beck_1 0 · September 27, 2011 at 8:10 PM

I was exactly the same...until I started getting meticulous about light exposure. A friend sent me this article on how to become a morning person and it seriously changed my life. I installed f.lux (a free program that shifts your computer monitor... (more)