Updated: Jun 9
On Air with Ella - episode 222
This is a regular feature where I share one thing that I'm loving, one thing I'm not, and one super simple, yummy recipe.
THE GOOD: Beauty Pie
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This week’s bad is not something that is actually bad, but something that I am bad at. We’ve all heard about the importance of a morning routine, but I think there’s something just as important and that is a NIGHTTIME routine. And right now, I am not loving my nighttime routine.
The benefits of an evening routine are plentiful...it’s an opportunity to wind down from the day, to transition to a great night’s sleep, and it offers the chance to set ourselves up for success the next day. Let me tell you what’s working well for me and then I will confess my sins and tell you what I am doing wrong.
What works well for me each evening...
I have learned that if I want to create a habit, I need to make it really easy and convenient to engage in that habit. So every night I do a few things to make my morning easier or more enjoyable.
I put my clothes in the bathroom so I can easily dress for an early morning walk, I grind my coffee beans and set up the coffee maker, set out my mug, etc and I fill a water bottle with lots of ice and water so I have barely chilled water on my nightstand for the next morning (I don't drink much water during the day, so this is easier for me.)
In my room, I cover up all of the "blue light." So, the radio / speaker / clock gets a pillow thrown over it, and any other little lights in the room. Finally, I will play relaxing music and set a timer so it shuts off. And, I absolutely put my phone in airplane mode when I'm ready to go to sleep so I that am not microwaving my brain at night.
But here’s the confession: Prior to sleeping, I have developed a terrible habit of reading my phone in bed at night. Whether it's the day’s news, or scrolling on Instagram or any other social media rabbit hole...I'm spending way too much time on my phone IN BED at night!
This is such a bad habit - it’s so disruptive to a good night’s sleep to be blasting that might into my eyes at night, terrible for my brain to be taking in the news at that point in my day, and of course, I’m often seeing emails roll in etc even if I’m trying not to pay attention at that moment. So, I am confessing my bad habit to you and asking you for help.
What have you done to break this habit or avoid it altogether?
Way more tips for better sleep: Episode 004 with Shawn Stevenson
How about that morning routine? Check out Episode 039 with Jeff Sanders
Shout out to Katie Dickson Photography in NC. She's fantastic.
photo credit: EatingBirdFood.com
THE YUMMY: Chocolate Covered Raspberry Yogurt Bites
fresh raspberries (I prefer organic for all berries and greens)
vanilla yogurt or dairy-free vanilla coconut yogurt
melted chocolate, e.g stevia sweetened chocolate chips
coconut oil (optional)
1. Rinse the raspberries, gently pat the water off, and allow them to dry. Tip: Spread them out on a cloth and allow them to air dry while you're getting everything else together.
2. Once your raspberries are dry, dip them in a shallow dish of yogurt to coat them, and place each on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
3. When all the raspberries are coated in yogurt, pop them in the freezer to harden.
4. After ~40 minutes, take them out of the freezer and coat each berry with melted chocolate. (You can melt the chocolate with a bit of coconut oil or on its own - don't overheat it!)
5. Place the berries back in the freezer until the chocolate is set. That’s it!
Let me know if you try it or any variations!
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