Warning: If you are looking for advice on how to implement a mediation and journaling session into your morning routine before gleefully lacing up your running shoes and skipping out the door for a refreshing 5-mile run before getting ready for work…you probably want to read another blog. As a self -proclaimed “healthy person” even I have limits, especially first thing in the morning. This is real advice for real people that want to be healthier in a realistic manner. Being that it is not my intention to overwhelm you, this is a three-part blog with achievable steps to ease you into the morning routine.
Welcome back! How did implementing the Lemon Water 2.0 into your morning routine go? Keep at it. Habits take time to incorporate. Eventually, you will crave the lemon water when you wake up and notice how dehydrating it feels not to have it.
The second beverage in this morning routine is probably closer to what you already drink upon waking up and, hopefully, it is an easy upgrade.
Coffee 2.0 is simply coffee blended with coconut oil. If you’ve heard of Bullet Proof Coffee, this is an easier, less expensive, more realistic version, but if you feel motivated to make the “real version” more power to you.
Not only does Coffee 2.0 taste and feel like you are drinking a frothy, fancy coffee it has ample benefits due to coconut oil’s micronutrients and medium-chain fatty acids. Coconut oil improves brain function, fights inflammation, controls hunger, improves energy and, as I once read and thought it to be hilariously accurate, “lubes the tube” to keep you regular.
After consistently drinking Lemon Water 2.0 and Coffee 2.0 every morning, I can personally attest to the benefits. I’ve noticed a vast improvement in my mental clarity (which helps when you have to guide a room of yoga students at 6:00am), steadiness of my blood sugar levels (coming from someone that is hypoglycemic and will faint if not appropriately nourished), and regularity of my systems (I can almost feel my proper British husband cringing because I’ve publically mentioned bowel movements this many times, but it is a crucial component to being healthy, honey).
Here are the steps…
Week 2: Coffee 2.0
The prep work:
1. Go shopping and stock up on the following:
· Cold-pressed, virgin, unrefined, organic coconut oil.
Every morning after consuming your Lemon Water 2.0:
1. Put 1 Tbsp. of coconut oil in the blender (you can also do this the night before so it is ready to go in the morning!).
· If you really don’t like the taste of the spice blend (turmeric, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon) in your lemon water you could try adding it to the coffee before blending instead.
2. Add 8-12 oz. of coffee.
3. Blend for 10 seconds to emulsify.
· You could skip the blender and just stir in the coconut oil, but be prepared for the oil to stay separated from the coffee.
4. Pour and enjoy!
Get in the habit of drinking your Lemon Water 2.0 and Coffee 2.0 every morning for this next week. Be aware of how you feel and any changes that may occur.
Next week we’ll add the final beverage!