Good Morning

ImageWelp…it’s January 4th, how are those New Year’s Intentions going??? New Year’s Day inconveniently fell on a Wednesday. In all honesty, it’s such a bad day to start something new…I mean really!! Who starts a new diet on a Wednesday?!?! Who starts a work out routine in the middle of the week?!?! Besides, working out while hung over is the absolute worst!! Good thing it’s almost Monday!!

So after this week, I once again realized what kinda of person I am…I am an all or nothing, balls to the wall, all in type of person. I am strictly referring to food here. I hear so often “everything in moderation”. I have tried this!!! I can’t do it!! I slowly but surely lose the focus. I have to train my body and mind to be disciplined. Whenever I have the mindset of “everything in moderation,” I always fail. Even if I stick to gluten free, I am still eating crap, feeling like crap and wishing I didn’t eat what I did. I wear this on my face as I ALWAYS, without fail have a break out!

My boyfriend likes to tease me as I’m in the fetal position, moaning about the stomach pain I am experiencing from eating something I shouldn’t have, that my body is a finely tuned machine that requires the best fuel and maintenance. I curse him under my breath and might possibly give him the middle finger in my mind…but he is so right!! I got really caught up in the new year, new moon thing and I found myself indulging in a few too many beers (I lose discernment after a couple tequila and soda waters). I find myself dancing even though I have no rhythm, and next thing I know I’m drinking beer (I LOVE BEER) and twerking….

So how do I find my way back? I start with a solid morning routine. I find that if I start each day the right way, I am more successful than when I am waking up rushed. I like to wake up early, before 5 am. I leave the house fairly dark and light a few candles in my sanctuary I created as my safe space. I have a teeny-tiny home. This area is shared with my hope chest, a sliding door and a hutch. This is when I start my stove to heat water for my lemon water. While the water is heating up I run through a few rounds of Sun Salutations A and B. By this time, my water is boiling and I make my ACV-lemon water. I add a splash or two of Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar to hot water and add 1/2 to 1 whole lemon. Depending on where I am at, I will run through a few additional yoga poses, possibly a 25-minute sequence or I sit in silence for a brief yet necessary mediation and focus on positivity, productivity, or nothing.

Once my body is loose and my mind is free, I take my half-drank warm ACV-lemon water back to my kitchen for my beet kvass. Daily ACV has great benefits, aside from the taste which becomes very delightful after some time, it aids in digestion, alkalizes our pH levels, and has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. Among the ailments it is said to cure are allergies, acne, high cholesterol, joint pain, weight loss, rheumatism, arthritis, chronic fatigue, candida, sore throat, gum infection, sinus infection, flu, acid reflux, leg cramps and ear infections. It’s also used to help dissolve kidney stones, lower high blood pressure, and it’s also been shown to help with type 2 diabetes by improving insulin sensitivity.

As far as beet kvass, this is a super simple, homemade concoction of beets, salt and water. Beet Kvass is also known as The Blood Tonic. It has also been referred to as natures gatorade. It’s full of probiotics, B vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It alkalizes your blood; detoxes your liver, kidneys, and gallbladder; is anti-carcinogenic; and known for being an overall healthy wellness drink. It’s super simple to make, but I’ll touch on that another time and date. It is recommended to drink one 4-ounce glass in the morning and one 4-ounce glass in the evening to reap the full benefits of the Earth’s Blood. My 5-year old son said it tasted salty…it definitely does and will require some getting used to, but I quite like the flavor. It’s earthy and makes me feel closer to Mother Nature and true wellness.

After all of these righteous liquids are ingested I get myself ready for the day…hair, make up, work attire…and make my way back to the kitchen for breakfast and to pack lunches. I like to give myself close to two hours in the morning, even though it only takes me 25-minutes to get ready. Once my kids are awake, it’s pure chaos, so this allows me MY time to get my head on right and wake up slowly and peacefully.

Of course, there are mornings my two-year old wakes up at 4 and wants to watch cartoons or have me sing her a song and refuses to go back to sleep. At this point, I improvise, but do the best I can. I’m still trying to figure out how to maintain my morning routine while on the go. Once I master that, I’ll post an update. In addition, getting to bed at a decent hour will obviously help you get up earlier and as we all know, sleep is so important.

I encourage you to establish a solid morning routine. Not only will it add continuity to your life, but it will give you time to create a space within yourself to receive wholeness, nutrients and time alone. Don’t forget to drink water through out the day, keeping yourself hydrated is going to keep your energy levels up, your mindless grazing habits down and your blood flowing as you must find a bathroom at least once an hour.

Continue to be true to yourself and don’t lose sight of the big picture…

xoxo
-ash

ashley@thewellnessroot.com

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