Early risers — both men and women — may indeed have a health edge. Compared with night owls, morning people make better choices throughout the day, according to the research. Night owls tend to eat more sugary foods in the morning, more sugar and fat at night, and less protein overall. If you’re a night owl, consciously plan meals you love that are nutritious. Choose a protein-rich breakfast, and swap out junky snacks for nourishing plant foods (think fresh fruit, nuts, hummus and carrots). Genetics play a part in determining whether you’re inclined to burn the midnight oil or rise early, but you can shift your habits. Try going to bed a half-hour earlier than usual to start, setting aside an hour before bed for winding down and set your alarm for the same time every morning. Or head for the woods. Research shows that camping for a week can help to reset your body clock!
“Your diet is a bank account. Good food choices are good investments.” Bethenny Frankel