Unlike your favorite food bloggers, I’m going to get to the recipe first and then talk about my reasons and experiences.
My Morning Recipe:
Wake up at 5am
Make morning salt water concoction*
Get some movement in
Work my brain a bit
Eat breakfast and enjoy some coffee
*Recipe for salt water concoction*
- 10-12 oz room temp filtered water
- 1/2 tsp Himalayan sea salt
- juice from quarter to half a lemon depending on size
I should first mention that I get ready for bed between 9-10pm so I’m aiming for 7ish hours of sleep. It is now 5am and my alarm goes off. I settled on 5am for a number of reasons. The first being that I’m a major fan of sunrises and I always seem to feel more productive if I start my day early rather than having a late night. I also really appreciate my solitude and getting up at 5am gives me a couple hours to myself in the morning before my partner Emily wakes up around 7am.
After waking up I head to the kitchen and make my morning salt water. The pink Himalayan salt comes from one of the oldest and largest salt mines in the world. It is minimally processed and contains minerals not found in traditional refined table salt. This drink helps me hydrate and also replenishes some of the salt that I lose when I’m working out. I’ll admit that it probably isn’t for everyone, but I definitely believe that starting your morning off with a hydrating glass of water will benefit everyone.
I’ve hydrated and now I get some movement in. Some days it’s a simple yoga flow or a few sets of body-weight exercises. Other days I hop on my Peloton and get a ride in at zerodark:thirty. Either way I make sure to treat myself to some movement to get my blood flowing and deliver fresh oxygen throughout my body.
Once my body is warmed up and my brain has had some time on autopilot, I grab whatever book I’m reading or find some puzzles and get some mental exercise in. Currently I’m reading How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan which is a fantastic exploration into the world of psychedelics based on scientific evidence as well as the author’s own experience. Puzzle wise I go a few different routes. I’ll work on crosswords, google random riddles, or do some logic puzzles. Nothing with any high stakes to it because I’m not trying to overload my brain and be worn out by 10am.
Finally after a couple hours of being awake it’s time for breakfast. I don’t have many food rules, but I do try to limit the amount of sugar and processed foods that I eat. Breakfast for me can be a sweet potato hash, bacon and eggs, oatmeal loaded with nuts, berries and seeds, or some incredible millennial approved avocado toast. I could talk about food for days and I know there are tons of people telling you what your “diet” should be. The truth is though that what works for some people might not work for others. I encourage you to experiment and find what works for you and to listen to your body.
That being said, there is one bit of advice that I do believe is universal and it comes from Michael Pollan: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”
There you have it, my morning routine. Since I made this a consistent practice, I have seen nothing but improvements in my life. My mood is much more upbeat and stable, my energy doesn’t have ups and downs, and my productivity is through the roof. Maybe some of this will work for you or maybe you’ll find other practices that compliment your lifestyle more. Play around with your morning and find what’s right for you.
Have a fantastic day and do good,