5 Ways to Feel Energized in the Morning!
Ever wonder how you can feel a little more energized in the mornings? Sure, you have your routine coffee to wake you up… But what happens when that doesn’t get the job done?
Well, here are a couple ways you can help feel a little sharper in the mornings!
When you wake up and don’t know what to do first, taking up the habit of having a cup of warm lemon water will serve you well. It cleanses your digestive system and gets the metabolism on point so that you’re firing on all cylinders!
The water should be warm so that it’s not a shock to your system, but you can switch to cold water for the remainder of your water intake, as this has been shown to raise your resting metabolic rate.
You can also add in a bit of organic, raw honey to sweeten up the sour lemon and introduce digestive enzymes and antioxidants to the equation.
Putting it to Action: Each time you’re at the store make sure you pick up a bag of organic lemons. Having them on hand is key if you want to stick with this long enough to make a habit out of it. Lemons keep very well in the refrigerator, so they won’t go bad before you can use them up.
This might be the hardest step, especially if you already feel like you’re required to wake up too early. Waking up earlier is going to boost your metabolism by putting you in sync with the way the body works, and helping you eliminate at the right time.
You’ll be helping to remove toxins from your body by getting into the natural circadian rhythm and be more in tune with your body’s 24 cycle, which naturally wants to release toxins in urine and waste at dawn. Sleeping later only delays that release and keeps the toxins in the body, with the possibility of having them reabsorbed.
Putting it to Action: It might seem tough to wake up earlier than you have to, but it’s not so bad as long as you go to sleep earlier the night before. Your day really begins the previous night, so make sure you take the strategic step of getting to bed earlier to account for the earlier wake up time.
3. Have 2 Eggs, Any Style
Eggs are a great way to get your metabolism in gear, and it doesn’t matter how you cook them up, you’ll still be getting the nutrition and the boost to your metabolism they provide.
The protein in eggs is what is most important for your metabolism, and will make sure that you not only feel satisfied for much of the morning, but that you’re burning calories as you go about your day.
If you want to round things out and make it more of a meal, consider adding other metabolism-boosting foods to your morning. Cook your eggs in coconut oil, have organic pears or peaches with them, or have a bowl of oatmeal with raspberries or blueberries on top.
Putting it to Action: Expand your repertoire of egg recipes so that you can make up your eggs in many different ways so that you look forward to them rather than thinking you have to stay with the same old same old every morning.
4. Pack a Snack for Later
The morning is the time to set yourself up for success the rest of the day, and make sure you don’t run into any metabolism roadblocks later on. Getting hungry and reaching for the nearest unhealthy snack is a good way to slow your metabolism down, so be prepared with a healthy snacking option.
Change up your snack depending on how you feel each day, and what you think you’ll want most later. This keeps it interesting and makes you more likely to stick with it and form a habit out of it. Snacking helps keep your metabolism strong and prevents eating food that isn’t good for you.
Putting it to Action: Make a snack that you’re really going to want later so that you have something to get excited about before lunch. It’s amazing how a simple snack can totally change the way you feel all morning long, with the anticipation before the snack and the satisfaction after you eat it.
5. Fill Your Water Bottle
Staying hydrated is key if you want to keep your metabolism humming along. If you started your morning with a cup of warm water with lemon, you’ve already started the process of rehydrating the body after a night’s slumber.
Putting it to Action: Take your weight and divide by 2. Drink that amount of water in ounces each day. To make it extra simple, buy a water bottle that makes it easy to divide it up for the day. So if you want to drink 75 ounces of water, find a 24 ounce water bottle and make sure to fill it up 3 times (plus drink your lemon water when you awake)