5 tips for a winning start to your day

I totally resonate with the quote that belongs to Tim Ferris. “If you win your morning, you win the day.” It cannot be argued that the way you start your day will dictate how that day will unfold. You may not be able to make all the changes that I will introduce shortly, but even choosing one every couple of weeks is a sure way to find success.

My first tip starts the night before. Leave your cell phone outside your bedroom door. I know you are probably saying that you need it for your alarm. You feel you are safe from EMF if you put it on airplane mode. Rising with light as close to the rising of the sun as possible is far more relaxing and encouraging than a shrilling alarm. This way you are eased into consciousness and have a more relaxed start to the day. Available on amazon https://www.amazon.ca/ecozy-Sunrise-Sleepers-Simulation-Controlled/dp/B09YHBRHC4/ref=sr_1_5?crid=3EF7AKY58JAPS&keywords=sunrise+alarm+clock&qid=1704815308&sprefix=sun+rise+%2Caps%2C93&sr=8-5 Added to this fact, leaving your phone outside the bedroom limits you scrolling before bed which is must to try and avoid at all costs.

If you are a stay-at-home mom or work from home, the worst thing you can do is stay in cozy lounge wear. Either put on workout clothes, which may motivate you to move more throughout the day or get dressed as if you are leaving the house. Wearing loose fitting, relaxed wear day after day brings less awareness to what you are feeding yourself and can promote more comfort foods and weight gain.

It is very important to alkalize (cleanse) your internal terrain before consuming coffee. When we sleep, we are in a stagnant acidic state. We are not moving, and our lymphatic tissue is still all night. We are also less hydrated. If we immediately run to the coffee machine (coffee is very acidic and a diuretic) it is quite toxic to the gut microbiome. Starting your day with a bit of lemon and ginger in water, or some alkalizing herbs is the best way to go. Of course, herbal tea is a better choice than coffee.

Get outside! Even if it is for 5 minutes, breathing in some fresh air can make all the difference in your energy and your mental clarity to the start of the day. If you have the time, then go for a brisk walk. Even if it is only 10 minutes. Checking your emails and text messages can wait.

Contrary to what you may have heard, breakfast is not the most important meal of the day. Studies have shown that time restricted eating can improve cognitive function. I have seen many clients rushing to eat unhealthy breakfast cereals that are loaded with sugar because they think they are supposed to eat. This is the furthest thing from the truth, especially if you are eating junk food. If you have the time and are truly hungry, then a fruit smoothie or fruit bowl is the best choice to start your day. Fruit is loaded with fiber, vitamins, minerals and all the Phyto nutrients necessary to provide you with good energy and vitality.

Creating a morning ritual can be the best way for you to initiate positive change this year. You will never know until you try. Ease into these suggestions and perhaps they will create new habits for 2024.

Frances Michaelson

A pioneer in the fitness industry, Frances opened the first personal training center in the West Island of Montreal in 2001. In 2008 , Frances had the “gut feeling“ that there was more to learn about health and how our bodies function, which led to further her education in the field of Naturopathy and holistic nutrition. She has since authored two books. Her latest book, "Do you Have the Guts to be Healthy" was published in March 2021. As a trainer and naturopath, she truly loves seeing people transform themselves by trusting their bodies instead of getting caught up in the medical system. Practicing health is the only way to live the gift of life well!

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