Morning Mayhem

It’s Monday morning … you have a few minutes of solitude before the mayhem sets in.

Savor every second.

Within minutes it starts:

You desperately try to wake your kids up and get them ready for school or the sitter.

Make yourself and your entire family a healthy breakfast.

Iron your clothes, heck who has time to iron in the morning??

Pack lunches.

Hustle everyone into the car and drop off on time, so that you can still make your morning meetings.

Only to arrive to work in a frazzled mess with drips of coffee on your blouse. WTH. Hello Monday…

There has to be a way to simplify this routine, right?

There is no way that you can continue this morning routine.

Luckily you don’t have to!

Here are a few simple tips to make your mornings, especially Monday’s, go much smoother.

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Pack everyone’s lunch the night before… including yours.

This ensures that you are making healthy choices for everyone because you are not rushing or desperate.

I find the easiest way to do this is to pack and prepare lunches when you are cooking dinner. Food is already out, and there is likely already a mess happening in the kitchen.

Packing leftovers is a great way decrease food waste and stress.

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Go easy with breakfast. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, but let’s not complicate it.

Think simple.

Make everyone a smoothie…chocolate peanut butter anyone?

Or make a big pan of scrambled eggs or pre-make hardboiled eggs the night before.

Everyone in your family (perhaps excluding the baby) can have the same base for breakfast and make their own adjustments or add-on’s as needed.

This will clear up some extra time for you in the morning.

Play some upbeat music in the morning, nothing too crazy, but enough to draw your family out of bed. If you pick the right playlist you can actually set everyone in a great mood before they even leave the house. This will start everyone off on the right foot, and hopefully their positive energy will be contagious. My favorite morning playlist on Spotify is ‘Have a Great Day!’

If your job or lifestyle requires you to iron your clothes… I’m sorry, pick a new job… just kidding! If you do need to iron try to pick one day a week to iron, maybe throw on your favorite tv show and iron enough blouses or outfits for the entire week. This will make it much easier for you in the morning.

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Lastly, wake up 30 minutes before everyone else in your house… and savor these quiet moments for you. If you are a Mom these may be the only quiet moments you get. You can use this time however you like, although I suggest a brief meditation practice, journaling or intention setting, or simply just allow yourself to sit there and sip your tea.

Mornings don’t have to be so chaotic.

How do you like to start your week? Comment below!

Celery Juice: What’s All the Hype?

Celery Juice: What's All the Hype

Celery Juice is one of the most powerful vegetable juices you can drink. I recommend drinking 16 oz of pure celery juice first thing in the morning, after your morning routine. The Medical Medium turned me onto this principle, if you have not checked out his books they are so informative!

Drinking pure celery juice first thing in the morning will increase your digestive power for the remainder of the day.

Celery is extremely anti-inflammatory and can help heal the bodies of those suffering from autoimmune conditions. These anti-inflammatory properties in celery help to eliminate bad bacteria, viruses and pathogens. 

The natural mineral salts in celery act as an antiseptic agent fighting against pathogens and helping to rid our bodies of chronic illness and disease. 

Celery has also been known to help decrease and regulate blood pressure naturally, and balance blood sugar. 

If you have been reading my blog for sometime you know that I am all about detoxing the body naturally. Celery is one of the top detoxing foods, the natural mineral salts in celery cling to toxins and help your body eliminate them. 

These mineral salts keep our body functioning at an optimum level. They are necessary for proper kidney, liver and adrenal function, and keep our gut healthy. The mineral salts in celery also act as powerful electrolytes keeping our bodies in peak performance condition. 

Our bodies function best when they are in an alkaline state. An acid state brings about disease and illness, and can lead to many chronic conditions. Celery juice, like many raw vegetables, helps our body maintain an alkaline state, preventing disease and illness. 

You are what you eat. 

Eat real food. 

Healing food. 

Cheers!

Setting yourself up for a successful day

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Take time each morning for YOU. 

I like to start each day early…before my family is awake. Taking this special time for just me.

I try to start the day calm & relaxed - manifesting a great day ahead!

Set your intentions for the day. 

Perhaps journal or meditate. 

For more info on meditation, check out my blog post here.

Think about what you are going to achieve that day… not in an overwhelming manner…but instead with a “yes, I’ve got this” attitude.

Think about each day being the best day of the week!

I like to make a cup of tea and then head into my home office. I light a candle or incense, and typically read a passage from Journey to the Heart, and then journal whatever comes to mind. This allows me to get any ‘stuck’ ideas out of my mind, and allows me to be open for a positive day ahead. 

Instead of getting stressed about the day, I am calm and collected. I start my day off with a meditation and quiet time, and if my day begins to get off track I bring myself back to this moment. 

How do you start your day?

 

Be a More Successful Morning Person

I have always been a morning person, and often start my day at 5:30a. I love being up before the city wakes up. I feel that this is my time, and sometimes to be honest it is the only “me time” I get during the day. I cherish this time. I wake up..and make sure to get up the first time my alarm goes off. Yes...there are the occasional days that I snooze...I am human. Typically, I get right out bed and head to the kitchen. I prep my Triple Play  and make a cup of tea. Right now I am loving Harney and Son’s Winter White Earl Grey. 

 

While I am drinking my tea I like to take a few moments and set my intention for the day.  What is it that I am looking to accomplish today? Where is my energy? What kind of mood am I in? I set an intention first thing in the morning so that when I get super busy and perhaps off track I can bring myself back to the intention. Back to a place of calm, and back to what is important today.

 

I then look at my schedule for the day...and if I have not done so already...I prioritize my day. I love color...so I use a variety of highlighters to signify what is of highest priority today and go down the list from there. What has to be done today...and what can wait until tomorrow or this weekend? 

 

Meal prep! I can not stress this enough. As a Mind Body Wellness Practitioner and Holistic Nutrition Specialist I can not stress how important it is to plan your meals and snacks the night before. Often times we get so busy in the morning that we forget or do not allot ourselves enough time to pack a healthy lunch or even grab a snack. I have fallen prey to this a few times myself because we get so focused on what we are doing in the moment, we forget to plan ahead. By packing your lunch and laying out snacks ahead of time you are saving yourself the stress of trying to find something healthy during the workday. 

 

The last thing I do before I leave my house in the morning is clean my space. I make sure my bed is made, and the dishes are put away. By taking five minutes to do this in the morning I save myself the stress of coming home to a dirty home. I thrive in a clean space. Small messes tend to turn into bigger messes and get pushed aside because no one wants to take time the handle the now big messes. By taking five minutes in the morning to do a quick check and clean up, I save myself the extra stress when I come home.

 

 

Here is a list of the 6 tools to make you a more successful morning person:

  1. Do not hit the snooze button.
  2. Tripe Play every day.
  3. Set your intention.
  4. Prioritize.
  5. Meal and snack plan.
  6. Clean your space.