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Do you struggle to get going in the morning? Here’s some tips, courtesy of Food Matters, for how to kick start your day and make it a productive, happy and healthy one.

 

  1. Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up

A glass of water rehydrates your body, revs up your digestive system, and gets things flowing. If you can stomach it, add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice or a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to really kick start your digestion and help flush out the toxins.

 

  1. Don’t check your email or phone straight away

To keep your mind clear, focused and happy, resist the temptation to check your email and Facebook feed until at least an hour after waking up.

 

  1. Think of one thing to be grateful for

Get the good vibes going and set the stage for positivity throughout the day with a quick gratitude exercise. If you come up with three or five things, even better.

 

  1. Get a breath of fresh air

Step outside and fill your lungs with fresh air. Even if it’s cold outside. A quick 10 seconds is all it takes to remind you that you are alive and breathing!

 

  1. Move your body

This doesn’t have to mean completing an intense workout before breakfast. Moving your body even a little is a great way to get the blood flowing and shake the body awake. You could start with a few simple stretches.

 

  1. Take time to eat a healthy breakfast

Eating real food for breakfast – eggs, soaked oats, and smoothies are all great options. (And they really don’t take that much time to prepare.) Skip the processed cereal and try it out.

 

  1. Practice saying some affirmations

Look into the mirror and say something positive to yourself. Some ideas:

  • I radiate beauty, confidence and grace.
  • Every cell in my body is healthy and vibrant
  • I feel great when I take care of myself

 

Try incorporating a few of these healthy habits to change up your morning.  For more great health tips and recipes, check out the Food Matters blog – a fantastic resource for health and nutrition related topics.