A lesson I learned last year: You set the energy and tone of your day depending on the things you do to 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 planet, but instead learning to customize choices that will work with you and linger for the long run.
My Morning Cup of Soul Therapy
My personalized daily rituals include praying before getting up from the bed. Pretty much, I say thank you for the blessings of waking up to a 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 and 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 precious and valuable to gift myself with this time alone in the early morning lights, before facing the world.
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 diet full of GMOs. 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 not allowed 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. The other day, 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 incredible benefits?
I stared defiantly at the beautiful wine glasses getting dust on the kitchen cabinets and probably kept there with the promise of “special occasions.” Wine versus turmeric, I examined. 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 a “special occasion” every morning. Click here to get the turmeric that I usually buy.
Yoga Inside My Stomach
Smoothies are the best way to apologize to our bodies for all the toxicity we made them go through on a daily basis. It provides a mixture of organic yoga and meditation inside my stomach. The ingredients below should be prepared as a shot of self-appreciation, for everything that we are about to create and what we yet have to 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. It could transform a garden of green veggies and colorful fruits into a glass of awesomeness, self-love, respect, secret miracles and cell repair’s weapon. Do you recognize a Superhero? Maybe the blender is our secret fountain of youth. Perhaps… we might be able to prevent our extinction one glass each day. Here is the recipe for my daily smoothie. 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 of 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 acidity, rich in electrolytes and reduces fatigue. Maca – Balances hormones, improves libido, improves menstrual irregularities, improve moods and reduce anxiety. Acai-berries – cut risks of heart disease, Alzheimer, and cancer. Make skin radiant, slow aging, calm inflammation, prevent and reduce muscle pain and boost the skin’s natural protection against solar radiation. I obtained these products from TraderJoes.com
We must feed our bodies with necessary healthy habits: food, oxygen, water, sleep. But when we feed our bodies (let’s say with junk food), 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 tends to occur inside your 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 our souls with new gestures, smiles, 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. Stroke is the number two killer around the globe. Young Professional Adults are rising among the new statistics due to modern lifestyle. Stroke is being called the “silent killer” and is no longer discriminating age or gender. Check your blood pressure and cardiac rhythm. Find ways to relax and slow your lifestyle. Avoid excessive caffeine and processed food. Surround yourself with positive souls (it will keep your heart and mind healthy and will add years to your life). Do activities that bring you joy and keep you happy (best preventive medicine ever!). Overall, you are the ONLY one responsible for your body and well-being. Keep your cardiac rhythm emotionally and physically stable. Take good care of yourself.
I remember the first time I tried meditation. It was a couple of years ago, and I was wholly convinced that I was going to become an expert on the subject. I mean, the list of positive benefits of meditating are never-ending and I needed them in my life. I usually walk around life looking calm on the outside but with an emotional hurricane inside. I desperately needed to find a way to sabotage my habits and direct them into an excellent practice like meditation.
I dislike discipline, and if it doesn’t come in some creative way, then I was convinced of becoming bored to death. Clearly, I didn’t understand how mediation works. My determination moved me to buy some of those mobile apps which help you control your breathing and stay calm (a complete waste of my money). I attended my first meditation class in the city at a famous Buddha center, and that didn’t work either (I fell asleep in the class). But my stubborn self-didn’t give up, and I searched under “Youtube University.” I found a yoga vlogger who was incredible, funny and humble in the way it teaches you to be determined and patient with your self. Besides teaching Yoga, some of the videos were towards “Intro 101 to Mediation”, and that’s when the magic happened.
It took me several tries but the moment it happened it changed everything around me, and I was able to do it from the comfort of my home. It became easy after that because all it requires it was for me to show up daily. To sit down, pause life and breath. No thinking about the past. No daydreaming about the future. Just the moment and my breathing. These are a few of the many morning habits and rituals that I start every day for a healthy and positive day. Which habit is your favorite? What would you add to this ritual?