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Get Up And Go: How I Live Without Naps

So, I used to love napping. If I could squeeze in a nap between Judge Judy and Maury Pauvich of an afternoon, I would gladly do so. Sometimes I felt like I had to nap, because the kids were tiring me out, or I had to get up with them too early in the morning and so my body was owed some down time. But I haven’t had to take a nap in, oh, six months, and the difference has been entirely related to how I start the day, not when I start it.

I’m participating in a little science experiment with my body. I read a book (I won’t promote it here, but it’s easy enough to figure out what it is if you know me at all) that talked a lot about little changes and dramatic changes you can make to improve your health. I wasn’t in great shape, or eating well, or exercising, or really taking care of myself in any way, and I decided to change it. And the thing that has made all of that change possible is:

The counter top griddle.

The book I read talked about getting more protein in one’s diet, and getting a lot of protein within 30 minutes of waking up (or at least within an hour). I have done so, consistently now, for six months, the same period of time in which I’ve seen an elimination of my need to nap. I’ve seen other results that I don’t need to go into here, but the point here is that I’ve been able to get protein into my system very early on in my day (regardless of at what time the day starts), and I’ve been able to do so because I bought a $25 counter top griddle.

Here’s what I do, most mornings:

  1. I wake up, willingly or unwillingly. The kids don’t leave me much choice, but sometimes they let me sleep in a bit.
  2. I walk into the kitchen and I turn the griddle on.
  3. I set the kids up with their breakfast while the griddle heats up (it doesn’t take long at all, much faster than a pan)
  4. I add a little oil or butter to the griddle surface. Sometimes I don’t, but I don’t like my eggs sticking.
  5. I grab a handful of spinach and toss it on one side of the griddle (I like spinach because it cooks down.)
  6. I beat 3 or 4 eggs and pour them onto the other half of the griddle. I am making an omelet! (Alternately, I just fry 3 or 4 eggs on the griddle).
  7. I fill the omelet with the cooked-down spinach, and salt and pepper to taste. (Or, sometimes I serve the fried eggs over the spinach. Egg yolks are nature’s sauce.)
  8. Eat.

This process takes, at most, 8 minutes (apart from the eating, which takes however long you take to chew). The kids usually aren’t even done with their own breakfast by the time I’ve pre-heated the griddle and cooked my own.

Now, the effect all of this protein early in the morning (and often some other protein-heavy lunch) has had is that I never feel worn down in the afternoon. Six months and counting, with no naps.

How do you get up and go?

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