A lesson that I learned last year: You set the energy and tone of your day depending on how you start your day. The key is finding and creating healthy habits that will stay with you. Not just what the doctor ordered daily for the whole planet, but instead learn to customize choices that will work with you and stay for the long run.
My personalized daily rituals include praying before getting up from the bed. I pretty much say, thank you for the blessing of waking up to a brand-new day. Cold water in the shower. Opening the windows to welcome the light. Kitchen habits: First thing, a glass of warm water mixed with Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar and half a lemon to alkaline the body before coffee. A fresh green juice. Ten minutes with my favorite meditation video and following twenty minutes of morning yoga. Listening to my favorite songs while I get dressed and prepare myself for the day. I call this daily waking up ritual “my morning cup of soul therapy” because it feels so precious and valuable to gift myself with this time alone before facing the world.
2 – My Best Glass is for Turmeric
Turmeric mix with orange juice is my morning fix. I gave up alcohol forever. It is a shame that we cannot find this on a restaurant’s menu. This is for sure a “kryptonite” against our modern world diet.
During last year, I developed the morning habit of alkalinizing my body first thing in the morning, drinking a glass of warm water with two spoons of apple cider vinegar –or lemon- and drank that as a ritual. I am no longer to see sunlight or speak to fellow humans without having my reviving drink. Not joking. Recently, after researching all the amazing benefits, I started adding a spoon of turmeric powder as well. I still don’t get along with the taste. Even so, it is okay. This morning, in a rare moment of awakening lack of coffee I realized that I was using the ugliest mugs in the kitchen to pour my magical revival morning drink. How was that possible? How ungrateful of me after receiving so many benefits?
I stared defiantly to the beautiful wine glasses, getting dust on the kitchen cabinets and probably immobile kept there with the promise of “special occasions.” Wine versus turmeric, I examine (lack of coffee again?). Isn’t it funny? I use the prettiest glasses to serve alcohol that can cause inflammation of the liver, increase blood pressure, damage heart muscle, disrupt the sleep pattern, lead to weight gain and cloud judgment.
However, turmeric -my current best friend- which has the benefits of being an anti-inflammatory, helps with chronic pain, lower blood-glucose level, inhibits cancer cell growth, anti-aging, improves the texture of the skin, improve the brain, increase memory, anti-depressant and anti-coagulant. So I am serving turmeric in a plain glass. Unacceptable! Move out-of-the-way alcohol. My healthy morning rituals are every single day a special occasion. Click here to obtain the turmeric that I usually buy and from now and on; these beautiful wine glasses belong to Turmeric.
3 – Yoga Inside My Stomach
Smoothies are the best way to apologize to our bodies for all the toxicity we put it through. It provides a mixed of organic yoga and meditation inside the stomach. The ingredients below should be drunk as a shot of self-appreciation for everything that we are about to create and what we have become. Everything we need is inside us or in our kitchen. I used to think that the star of the kitchen was the stove.
After getting sick and educating myself on recovering and naturally healing my body. I discovered that the blender is my real rock star of the kitchen. It could transform a garden of green veggies and colorful fruits into a glass of awesomeness, self-love, secret miracles and cell repair’s weapon. Do you recognize a Superhero weapon anyone? Who knows? Maybe the blender is our secret fountain of youth. Perhaps…we might be able to prevent our extinction one glass per day.
Here is the recipe for my daily smoothie that I sometimes take a morning habit. Warning: You might feel as if you now carry a superhero Cape on your back after drinking this elixir.
Blueberries – Improves memory, cognitive problems, and protection to the heart.
Grapefruit – Protects against colon cancer.
Green Apple – Healthy regulation of fat blood levels.
Chia – Decrease cholesterol levels and control weight problems.
Ginger – Alleviate symptoms of gastrointestinal distress.
Pineapple – Anti-inflammatory, digestive benefits, antioxidant protection, immune support. Help prevents the common cold.
Baobab – More vitamin c than oranges, boosts energy and alertness, reduces over acidity, rich in electrolytes and reduces fatigue.
Maca – Balances hormones, improves libido, improves menstrual irregularities, improve moods and reduce anxiety.
Acai-berries – reduce risks of heart disease, Alzheimer, and cancer. Make skin radiant, slow aging, calm inflammation, prevent and reduce muscle pain and boost skin’s natural protection against solar radiation.
I obtained all of these products from TraderJoes.com
4 – Spirituality
We often feed the body with necessary healthy habits: food, oxygen, water, sleep. But when we feed our bodies -let’s say with junk food- then we are volunteering ourselves to destroy our health.
However, how about our souls?
How about when we feed our souls with envy, anger, jealousy, resentment and negative energy?
What will it happen? The same thing that happens to the body for sure; it will become a rotten soul. It is necessary for us to walk around with our hands on top of our hearts. Protecting our hearts and minds from all the “junk vibes” and pessimism around us. We must start by cleaning and wiping everything inside that for many years have been dusty and damaging; and once the cleaning is in the process, then we are responsible for feeding that soul with new gestures that make us smile, love, laugh, believe and grow.
A healthy body will provide vitality and longevity, but a whole soul will give you the power of strength to overcome any needed changes.
These are a few of the many morning habits and rituals that I implement every day for a healthy and positive day.
With Love, Wen