As nutritionist for the Avagliano family, I know their days inside and out. They’re incredibly busy and getting everything they need to tackle done in a day can be challenging. But they’ve been working hard this month on getting to bed at a decent hour. Part of slipping between the sheets at a decent hour is the prep work you do to de-stress after a long day. Here, some tips we can all use to decompress before heading to sleep.
- Drink a warm soothing cup of milk or herbal tea and sit around the family room and discuss the day.
- Prepare a light snack such as peanut butter, whole grain bread and skim milk; a slice of cheese and an apple; a cup of warm soup or yogurt with fruit and relax with a fun card game or puzzle.
- Walk around the block or spend time with the kids and your pets.
- Take a bubble bath, light a candle and listen to your favorite music.
- Turn off your phone, computer, and TV. Pop some high fiber popcorn, using whole kernels, and read a novel, magazine or newspaper.
- Prepare lunch for the next day—so you’re all set for a healthy day.
Registered dietician Elizabeth Fassberg runs Eat Food, a New York City-based company that designs and delivers custom food and nutrition programs for businesses, organizations and individuals. She’s coaching the Avagliano family through the six-month Healthy Family Challenge.