7 Tips for a Great Morning

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I’m a Registered Dietitian and wellness is my life.

Here’s how I start my day …

A morning routine can make or break your day.

It can make or break your week.

Really, it can make or break your life.

Over the years I've fine-tuned my morning routine to go from hitting the snooze button 3 times and rushing out the door to slowly waking, letting the light in and embracing the day to come.

Here's how I start my day …

  1. Open my blinds and let the sun in – it’s a great way to wake up, naturally. If you wake up really early or live in a grey city [lookin at you London and SF] this may not be possible year-round; try a light that mimics the sunrise like this one

  2. Drink water – 1 full glass with fresh lemon to be exact. Rehydrate your body and flush unwanted toxins. We lose water as we sleep [sweating and breathing] and we are often in a chronic state of dehydration. Kick start your water intake for the day with a large glass when you wake

  3. Set intentions and express gratitude – this didn’t happen overnight for me. Now, I use a 5-minute journal. It’s amazing what reflection, gratitude and forecasting can do for you at the start [and end] of your day

  4. Coffee and peanut butter toast – I like coffee for a little extra energy before I workout, but I don’t like having coffee alone. It’s an appetite suppressant that can leave you feeling full even when you’re not nourished. I go for a slice of Dave’s Killer Bread with fresh peanut butter. It’s simple, familiar and a great source of fuel for my morning workout

  5. More water – it’s never a bad idea

  6. Move my body – yoga, HIIT [high intensity interval training], Pilates, run, box, etc. // a morning workout will activate and increase your metabolism for the remainder of the day. I use a great app called MoveWith. Check it out, it’s amazing

  7. Breakfast – for me that’s often a green smoothie with added protein. It’s really important to combine protein and carbs whenever you can [carbs will immediately curb your hunger and protein will keep you satiated longer]. Check out my smoothie post HERE

Then it’s time to get ready and let the world in. I go over my schedule, head to work, check emails and so on.

If you can implement this morning routine [or your version of it] you'll be more alert and productive throughout the day. You'll also be much happier.

Do you have any morning rituals that help you start your day? I’d love to hear them!