After writing my last blog post I started thinking about my morning routine even more and how truly important it is.
If you are jumping out of bed after hitting the snooze button three times, chances are you are not setting yourself up for a successful day. If a hectic pace is set, and you already feel as though you are behind, you are going to spend the rest of the day running to catch up. That stressful state of go-go-go will produce a negative energy which will follow you through the day.
When in this state and with the feeling of not enough time, you probably are not going to make the time to nourish your body properly because you feel as though you simply don’t have the time. Consuming coffee, not eating breakfast or mindlessly munching on a chocolate muffin, will have a huge impact on your energy levels and how you feel first thing in the morning and throughout the day.
Spending the extra 15 minutes to mentally set yourself up for the day will be a game changer. Once you get into this routine you are going to start to feel better and you are in turn going to want to make other changes in your life. The next place to look at is what you are physically putting in your body.
Start your day with lemon water
I cannot stress how beneficial this is. Throughout the night your body is not only resting but it is also detoxifying which means when you wake up you are naturally a bit more acidic.
Don’t believe me? Visit your local CHFA health food store and buy some pH paper. Test your urine and saliva in the morning, in the middle of the day, and in the evening. Keep in mind what you eat impacts how acidic you are but typically you will be the most acidic first thing in the morning.
Lemon water is the best way to naturally alkalize your body. I like to squeeze as much of the juice as I can from a third of a lemon into a glass and then I peel the lemon from the skin and also put it in the glass. I fill the glass with room temperature water and once I drink all the water I eat the lemon. I don’t drink coffee or tea, but if you do make sure you have the lemon water before the caffeine.
Grab a green juice
With our grab and go pace of life it’s hard to get all the nutrients we need from food alone. Even if you have a healthy diet there could be gaps. A green juice in the morning will help ensure you are getting the phytonutrients and antioxidants your body needs. In addition to fruits and veggies, greens also have important superfoods and even sea vegetables, foods that you might not be eating daily.
Prepare your meals the night before
Mornings can be mental. Especially if you are trying to get yourself and your family ready. Just getting everyone out the door on time can be challenging. Making sure everyone has ate a nutritious breakfast and has a healthy lunch packed is tough to do. But preparing the night before will ensure you have already set yourself and your family up for success.
Make overnight oats which can be tossed in a back pack of brief case on your way out the door. Prepare your smoothie in the blender so in the morning you can add a bit of liquid, blend and pour.
Planning will prepare you for success. It will also decrease the chances that you will find yourself at the drive through ordering a breakfast sandwich to go with your large coffee or reaching for a doughnut during your 10:00 meeting.
Make sure your breakfast consists of fibre, protein and fat
These three superstar breakfast ingredients will ensure you are filling your body up properly and that you are going to feel satisfied and stay full till lunch. When your breakfast is full of simple carbs and refined sugar, you are going to be stepping onto the sugar roller-coaster, which you will spend the rest of the day riding.
Look at what you normally eat for breakfast, if sugar is listed in the top five ingredients you need to find a new breakfast food.
Also spend a bit of time noticing how you feel after you eat breakfast. Do you feel full till lunch? Are you looking for something to snack on by 10:00? Do you crave sugar? Does the coffee cup on your desk seem to be bottomless?
Taking the time to answer these questions will give you a good indication of how healthy your morning routine is and where you might want to make some changes.
How you start our day has a huge impact on how you feel throughout the day. What are you doing to set yourself up for success?