Posted on 16 March, 2017

My Morning Routine

By Jacob Andreae in Mix104.9, Radio Show, Health, Lifestyle, Change, Time Management My Morning Routine

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This week on Balls'N'All, the topic is morning routines. What is your current morning routine like? Listen in for some tips on what makes a healthy morning routine, and what I do to get going every morning. 

My Morning Routine

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Jackson - Welcome back to Balls ‘N’ All here on Mix 104.9. You’re listening to Jacko and across the studio from me is the 1 and only Jacob Andreae as always every Sunday morning. Now speaking of mornings Jacob, I’m very interested to know your morning routine. So before you come in, what do you do in the morning? I’ll tell you what I do Jacob, I set my alarm, I set 2 alarms right. Because I’m the most un-morning person you will ever meet. I set 1 alarm at 7:20, the other 1 at 7:21, and basically stumble around like a zombie. I live in the northern suburbs so it takes me roughly 15 minutes to get here. And basically no breakfast, I come straight in, normally off about 3 or 4 hours sleep on a sunday morning. Tonight I think I had about 3 and a half hours sleep maybe, I’m not sure why I was up so late but there you have it. Jacob, firstly rate my morning out of 10 in regards to health and what the day should look like. And secondly tell me about what you do to prepare for a show like Balls ‘N’ All.

Jacob - I don’t think it’s too bad.

Jackson - What, no breakfast, 3 hours sleep’s not too bad?

Jacob - Oh the sleep’s probably not very good so 4. But not having breakfast is not a bad thing. There’s an argument out there now for fasting and not eating breakfast. And a guy, a colleague of mine who’s from Melbourne has just written a book. What’s it called? ‘Start Late, Stay Light’.

Jackson - That’s like that intermittent fasting type stuff.

Jacob - Yeah, and so he doesn’t actually eat until about 2 o’clock. So all his eating is done between 2pm and 8pm. And that’s essentially what breakfast is, break-fast, so break the fast. I don’t think you need to go that long. I think the fact that you probably haven’t eaten for you know, 8 to 10 hours is - breaking the fast - is essentially a fasting. But it’s, you know, I’ve done it before. Since I’ve changed my diet to be more, not paleo but paleo inspired. So it’s more about lots of vegetables as well as organic, where it can be, meat, as well as omelettes and things like that. Like I can easily go until lunch time now and not feel hungry. And get to lunch time and then eat at lunch time. But this guy yeah, he does it all the time, and then when he does start to eat… So when I eat in the mornings it’ll be an omelette or a smoothie bowl. But when he eats it’ll be like an apple or something. So I think, you know, there’s an argument for it. So it’s not such a bad thing that you’re not having breakfast, depends on what you’re having that really matters.

Jackson - What’s the point of intermittent fasting? Like obviously without going to much into it and I’m not sure whether you do know a lot about it but what can you tell us about the premise behind intermittent fasting? Because it is a strange concept for people that grow up, and a lot of people... This sort of scientific stuff gets passed around from person to person and sometimes there’s so much contradicting stuff out there. I know you told… There’s probably, you know, people out there who told their grandparents “No actually see breakfast isn’t that good for you.” Or “You don’t need breakfast.” They’d say “Ah stupid Sammy, of course it is!” You know what I mean? So what is the background to intermittent fasting?

Jacob - Unfortunately, and I really hate to admit this but I don’t really know. And I don’t want to say on air without really knowing so I want to have a look at the research but I would imagine it’s got something to do with the fact that, you know, evolution. And people would have said, the argument would be, for people who believe this, that we didn't eat at set times of the day and so on. And so we didn’t eat breakfast back in, 10,000 years ago in the caveman era or whatever. And so that’s the way I’m going to eat now. Because you hear that with the paleo world a little bit. That this is how we used to eat 10,000 years ago. So I, yeah I’m not really too sure. I don’t really want to comment on it without knowing too much but I’ll definitely look it up and I’ll answer that question next week.

Jackson - Thanks Jacob, I’m very interested also to know how much time you give yourself in the morning. So I used to take great pride - I used to work at Wulagi Primary School, great school, great people. Basically I started work at 10:40 and I would set my alarms and the first time I would see the light of day would be 10:28. So I could make it to work waking up 12 mins before I was supposed to start. So basically that would require a 1 or 2 minute shower. Maybe not even a shower because I’d shower the night before. And I’d have my clothes on the bed that I was going to wear. Pretty basic stuff working at a primary school, not trying to impress anyone. So put the clothes on straight away, have an Up’n’Go for breakfast and I’d normally be ready to drive to work at about 10:35 so I’d give myself 7 mins and I lived about a minute or 2 away. You know if I’m being completely honest was probably about 30 seconds late every time I walked in the door. And that’s probably being kind, but you have, how many kids under the age of 5 or 6 do you have in the house? Like that must alter what time you wake up and how much time you give yourself in the morning.

Jacob - There’s 4 of them, so 6, 5, 3 and 1. And I’ve got a very, very good partner and they’ve got a very, very good mother so we’re very supportive in the mornings and we don’t actually spend any extra time I don’t think, getting them ready. But I’m not a fan of the Up’n’Go, I think that’s somewhere where you could improve your morning routine. There’s a lot of sugar in that, but for example so with mine like this morning I had to set several alarms this morning and normally I do. When I was getting up to do morning sessions with the Institute of Sport I was having to set 5 alarms. So there’d be 1 going off at 5, 5:02, 5:04, 5:06, 5:08. And then, actually I had another one at 5:30 just as like a safety backup in case I just turned all of them off.

Jackson - Yeah I do that as well, I call it like my worst case scenario bell. Like as in you suggest that you think... for example if I have to go in there at 8 o’clock here, it’d be like ‘what’s the latest possible time if disaster struck I could still maybe make it?’ Now that’d be about 7:40, 7:45 say? Is that sort of what you’re talking about?

Jacob - Yeah I did that this morning so I don’t know how you managed to get here before me getting up at 7:20. I got up at about 7 o’clock, I had an alarm at 7 o’clock, 7:02 and 7:04 this morning. And I had my worst case scenario alarm for 7:15. And I was out of bed, I think at about 7:08 or 7:10. Normally I’ll, I don’t have breakfast before I come in here but normally I will have a shower and brush my teeth. But I didn’t this morning because I knew I would be too tired, I didn’t get to sleep until 2:30 last night. After going home after last night’s game and sitting up and watching, you know, Fox footy, I wanted to watch a few games there and I wanted to watch a bit of our YouTube game. And so I knew I’d be struggling so I thought no, no shower tomorrow, no brushing your teeth I’ll just go straight in. I have been buying a coffee on the way in, which I did this morning. But that’s not, you know whether I do or don’t that’s no big issue. But yeah so for me on the Sunday mornings that’s my normal routine. And then I’ll go and have breakfast when I get home, it’ll usually be an omelette. Like I said for breakfast every morning I’ll either have an omelette or I'll have a smoothie bowl if I don’t have as much time. But never anymore will I eat cereal out of a packet. So when it’s a normal weekday we will typically we’ll wake up at 7 o’clock. I’ll just have, actually my partner’s got her alarm so I don’t even set my alarm anymore. Her alarm goes off at 7 o’clock, we just have that 1 alarm. And that’s not a problem, the kids are normally awake, you know, around 7 o’clock anyway so we don’t need those several alarms. And we’ve found that that, for me especially, works well. So I’ve talked previously about sleep and it’s not just about how much sleep but the quality of sleep you get. And as part of that quality of sleep it’s all about the time of day you’re sleeping. So I know that I wake up feeling phenomenal if I sleep from 10pm to 7am. I can move that sort of half an hour to an hour either side but if it’s with half an hour of that 10pm to 7am then I will wake up feeling fantastic. And I will naturally wake up anyway. So then when we get up I will then start preparing my omelettes. I’ll start making that and it doesn’t take me very long. It’s just 3 eggs and 3 different vegetables that I chuck in with some coconut oil and then hopefully I’ll have some meat but often I don’t. It’s just whatever we have in the fridge(?). But if we’re lucky, if Holly has gone and bought some bacon I’ll maybe chop up some bits of bacon and chuck that in there as well and that helps to fill me up a bit. But the first thing I’ll do when I do get up out of bed, apart from going to the toilet is to go and get, we’ve got all these tupperware 1 litre bottles in our fridge. And I’ll grab 1 of them out, and I’ll drink that while I’m eating my omlette. And what I’ve found now is, and again I’ve talked about this previously with routines and habits. It’s now started to become a habit, where if I don't… So drinking the 1 litre of water is a routine but it’s becoming a habit because I start to feel funny now if I haven’t had that 1 litre of water. Like I kind of feel dried out inside, and my theory for that is really funny. So when I was about 15 I was reading, flicking through some magazine I don’t know what it was, let’s just say it was Women’s Day. And there was an article there with Elle Macpherson, and I was reading this article and it said, she said that part of her morning routine was to drink 1 litre of water every single morning. And that was her theory for having, you know, the beautiful lush skin that she had and that was her secret to health. And so I thought well if it works for Elle then it can work for me so I started doing it. And I’ve gone away from it over the years cause that was what? I’m having a bit of a worrisome thought now, that was probably about 20 years ago. But yeah so it’s become more of a routine in the last few years again where I do that. But I just feel great, and the reason for it is you’re flushing your system, you haven’t drunk anything for the last, you know, 6 to 10 hours. So your body’s a little bit dehydrated so you’re hydrating your body, you’re flushing it out so you’re clearing out toxins. You generally need to go to the toilet like you know, an hour after that which is good for you. And your cells are primarily made of water and your whole body is made up of cells, there’s millions of them in your body. And so when your cells are hydrated they actually become bigger and full. And when your cells become dehydrated they sort of shrivel up and they shrink, and they don’t work as well. So it’s kind of like, cells are kind of like a battery and if they’re charged up, and the way to charge a cell is through hydration, then they start to work at 100% capacity. So you can imagine running something which requires millions of batteries and having those batteries operate at you know, varying degrees of lower charge. You know from 20% through to 50% and so on, but if every cell is charged up at 100%, then how good are you going to feel? And that’s the way I feel when I have my 1 litre of water.

Jackson - Very good Jacob. Well we definitely did go on a bit of a tangent there so it started with good intentions talking about morning routines, and suddenly we’re talking about cells and batteries and a few things that went over my head. Love your expertise as always Jacob.

About Jacob Andreae

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