I was just listening to Robb Wolf's podcast (Episode 4...there are 11! Go listen. You'll get so much good info) and he broke down the 2 biggest things that will make the most difference in your training/recovery/mood/etc. etc.
Robb posed this question: "Do you wake up with an alarm?" If so, you need more sleep. I know, getting up at 4:52am to get to class may, in fact, require an alarm. BUT, if you wake up quickly and bounce out of bed when that alarm goes off, ready to start your day, chances are you are well-rested. 9 hours is A LOT of sleep- especially if you have family or other obligations. But just try it for a week or two and see how you feel. See how your recovery changes. Maybe you're good with 8 or 8.5 hours...
Real food. If it has a label, don't eat it. If man made it, don't eat it. Fuel your body with good quality food. You will see immediate results in all areas of your life. There is a learning curve with this. It takes time to form new habits and break the old ones. Be patient with yourself.
Anybody out there ever made homemade beef jerky? Please share tips and websites!