I hope you all had a wonderful day today. The morning started off rainy, dark and cold here, but turned into a beautiful amazing afternoon.
I did my typical morning routine, woke up, did a big stretch, star fished the bed took a deep breath and I was up. Went down stairs to start my kettle for my yummy morning yerba mate green tea. Fixed my kickoff morning drink of warm water, lemon and a dash of cayenne pepper. Once I fished my lemon water, it was time to steep my tea. I sat down at my desk at home, working today and Thursday from home, we have the kiddos for their winter break all week. Ah, remember when we had winter breaks and spring breaks and summer? The corporate world needs to bring back week long breaks, OH and nap times. Oh what I would give to have nap time again. Minus the little mean boy who would always pull my pony tail while I was taking my nap. Jerk Face!
So back to my mornings. The mornings always start with lemon water with cayenne pepper. This little combo is a great way to wake up your system. Get everything moving and grooving. Water helps hydrate you, lemon contains antioxidants called bioflavonoids.They help the body fight infections, aid in digestion and constipation, no one likes to be full of it, improves hair, skin and reduces high blood pressure. Lemon juice also strengthens your immune system and cleanses your stomach. Cayenne pepper is a natural herb and is high in Vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin E, vitamin C, riboflavin, potassium and manganese. It is used to help in the treatment of high blood pressure, increases metabolism, cleanse the body’s arteries, reduces the presence of bad cholesterol and has great effects on your circulatory system. Yes all that power in a one punch, I can’t think of a better way to start a morning. For some it’s hard to get past the lemon taste or the warm water taste, if this is you, start off slow. To be honest the only way to be health is to think health and I’m not talking about an apple a day thinking. You have to mentally prep yourself, telling yourself every day that you are worth saving, you are someone who is loved and it’s time you had the power. Once you get mentally on board everything else just falls into place, I promise. Stop letting nagging nancy in your head take your power away, tell nagging nancy to take a long walk off a short cliff. Boom!
The other part of my routine, is making my favorite green smoothie. Half of an avocado, fist full of kale, one stalk of celery, one cucumber, coconut water, sprinkle some cinnamon and blend away! If it’s to thick I add more coconut water and TAA DAA a smoothie packed with God’s Green Goodness. If I’m feeling extra adventurist I add 2 table spoons of Chia Seeds. What are Chia Seeds you ask? Well they are these tiny little seeds that have loads of omegas 3 fatty acids and expand into a gelatin form that clings to all the nasties in your body as it takes a ride through the intestines. And yes there were your friendly happy plant pet in the 1980s. Yeah the chia sheep you had by your kitchen sink growing up was actually the healthiest thing you could have put in your mouth. Oh on a side note don’t turn shoving a tablespoon of dry chia seeds in your mouth into a challenge. They are natural designed to to absorb liquid in order to expand. Unless you want your youtube video to show up on Tosh.0. That is up to you.
My daily vitamins. I love the vitamins I take and they are not uber expensive, this family lives on a budget. Now I did go to a Integrated Internist to have a complete vitamin work up last year, that was a pretty penny, but I found out things I would not by just having a basic vitamin work up at my doctors office. Don’t get me wrong, I have a great team of doctors, I owe one my life, twice, but there are some things you have to go outside the doctor box for. My primary care physician was actually impressed that I did. Anyways I found out that I was completely depleted of vitamin D, my adrenals were failing, my liver and kidneys were struggling due to all the caffeine I was consuming and my antioxidant levels were that of a smoker. Ummm I don’t smoke. What was I doing to myself. She put together a list of vitamins that I would need to take on regular basis. Now at first I did buy all of the vitamins at the doctors office but after a little more research and looking at our budget I found vitamins that contain the same stuff for a lot less the price and had good reviews. So I take the following, a multi vitamin for women, liquid calcium magnesium with D3, acidophilus, B12 (because I don’t eat meat) omega 3 and 6 supplement and my favorite 2 table spoons of apple cider vinegar with mother. Now I’m not saying these will work forever, but I do feel great. Non of these vitamins or supplements hurt my stomach of make me feel odd. I go in for my annual physical in March and can’t wait to see what my results are.
Now, there is a website called, zrtlab.com , I have not tried them, but you can order different types of test from a simple Vitamin D test to adrenal/hormone test. The prices are reasonable and it’s good to know you have alternative resource
So that’s my morning kick off routine for the past month now and I love it.
So from my cup of hot tea to yours! Cheers my friend!