If you have the great misfortune and pleasure of having to get out of a bed every day, you may find this post helpful. I’ll tell you about a healthy breakfast and my morning routine. After, stay from my tips on how to create a healthy morning routine for yourself!
A Healthy Breakfast and My Morning Routine
So obviously, not pictured is the usual…run to the bathroom and quickly get ready, put on my makeup, and get dressed. Yes, I put on makeup every day, unless I’m sick. Why? When you work at home just putting on your makeup and getting dressed can make you more productive. If I’m in my PJs, I’m not accomplishing anything that day. I just know it.
How My Husband Helps Out
Every family is totally different, but what works for us is that my husband handles my daughter’s breakfast and getting her ready every morning. I usually quickly get her dressed and do her hair when I can. I’m still working on my health and continue to have chronic morning migraines or headaches. Thankfully, he works for himself and sets his own hours. Most of his patients are in the afternoon, so he doesn’t normally leave the house until 11AM. As an added bonus, he misses rush traffic to the office.
The Importance of Getting Dressed Up
Even if you’re a stay a home mom, a work from home mom, or just studying at home all day…get dressed up! You can be ready for anything that comes up. You never know when there is a last-minute opportunity or you need to make a good impression. Just making sure you take care of your outer appearance can make you feel so much better inside. It’s not superficial or a waste of time, you will notice you feel better about yourself and your abilities when you dress up. It can be hard to feel like you’ve got your life together or convince others your do, while you’re in old sweats, believe me I’ve tried lol.
I love to wear long dresses as much as possible. The grown-up luxury of being able to get my clothes hemmed is something I dreamed about when I was younger. I always wanted to wear long dresses every day, but being petite and not having much money, it wasn’t an option. I was always in poorly hemmed (by myself) jeans and t-shirts. Dresses allow me to feel pretty and good about myself, are crazy comfortable with no constricting parts, easy to wear by just slipping them on, and they make me look like a real grown up! I’m tiny so jeans and a t-shirt will make people treat me like I’m a 12 year old. It took me some time to notice the difference in how people see me based on my clothing. You may not like it, but we all have to deal with it. Besides dresses are nice and cool for the hot and humid Miami weather.
I spend most of my time at home in either workout clothes or long dresses. When I run out to pick up my daughter I do slap on jeans more often than not because I know I might have to carry her and I’m going to get messy at the park.
A Healthy Breakfast and My Rant On Sugar
Fresh berries are great for your health in moderation (with fiber, never juiced). I go with less sweet varieties like organic blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Sure it’s better to not have fruit daily, but I’m trying to wean myself off processed sugar and actual fruit with fiber is a great alternative. Slowly but surely I’m finding the fruits sweeter and sweeter and I can now taste any little bit of sugar in everything and it’s making me sick. The best is that I am back to finding desserts GROSS. I can eat a chocolate souffle with less than 1/3 of the sugar and not even mind. Growing up I had four, yes FOUR full grown avocado trees in my backyard. Unfortunately, I also grew up in a time where the sugar industry paid off doctors and funded research to push the obesity epidemic away from sugar and on to fat. Avocados were considered a dangerous food that would make you have high cholesterol and become obese. Amazing what these industries can do to destroy the population in favor of profit.
Thankfully, it’s all come to light and we are wise enough to start eating avocados again! I smash some on Dave’s Killer Bread – 21 Whole Grains and Seeds. This bread tastes good but does have 5 g of sugar. It also has 5 g of fiber and 5 g of protein.
I’ll top it off with a cucumber slice and a little bit of organic goat feta cheese. Here in South Miami, you can get organic goat feta cheese from small local farmers. You do have to ask around as they are hard to track down and do not produce enough quantity to sell retail. Tea ‘n Sanity is a great shop to ask about where to find some. Alternatively, top with an organic small farm egg…again ask at Tea ‘n Sanity.
IN A HURRY ALTERNATIVE
I grab a Sweet Earth Farmstand Breakfast Sandwich. I love the Benevolent Bacon, Egg, and Cheddar. Pop it in the microwave for a minute then finish it off a few more minutes in the toaster oven. Removing the top bun half way through. It has 21 g of protein and 5 g of fiber. But it does have 5 g of sugar (not a fan) and 490mg of sodium. When you’re in a hurry it is still a decent option to get you fed.
MY MORNING TEA
Next up I love to make a warm cup of tea. It warms my throat and makes it so much easier to swallow my morning supplements. It’s important that I have all my supplements because I have PCOS and they help to regulate my blood sugar and balance my hormones. Soon I will post an update on the new tests I completed for PCOS and my updated list of supplements. When I have time, I go with organic ceremonial grade matcha and make a nice latte. For step-by-step instructions see my post here.
Taking Care of the Fur and Feather Babies
While my morning tea is steeping, I quickly set the timer and change the water and feed our Persian kitty, Mimi and our lovebird, Fifi. Mimi especially is very happy around this time because our daughter is out of the house and she is able to relax in peace in quiet lol. She will cuddle up to me and hang out. Fifi does her morning singing and I might play some lovebird songs from YouTube so she can learn to sounds of her people.
Obsessed With Blogger Morning Routines
Am I the only one who loves blogger morning and night routines? It seems like such a silly simple thing, but I go nuts over them. Especially if someone seems really grounded, giving, happy, or successful.
Checking out all of these really makes me want to try out Yoga, meditation, and writing. Sometimes you notice things they think are normal, but can totally change someone else’s life. For these reasons and more, I highly suggest you check out tons of morning and night routines and see if you catch something helpful to incorporated into your own life.
How to Create a Healthy Morning Routine
Some tips on how to create your ideal morning routine:
- Get as much sleep as possible. You want to be sure to get at least 8 hours of sleep if you want any kind of productive morning.
- Drink a full glass of water right before you get out of bed every single morning. I keep my water a nice temperature and safe with something like this, this, or this by my bed.
- Plan, Plan, Plan! The benefit of a morning routine is that you do it on autopilot. You want to get so good at it, your mind is clear and can slowly wake up rather than waking up in hustle and shock. Know before you go to sleep what you’re making for breakfast, what you want to wear, and all the details you might otherwise spend time deciding. Not sure? Tomorrow morning make notes of everything you need to stop and decide in the morning. Getting that squared away the night before is the best way to have a productive morning.
- Silence is necessary. Some of us have a long ride to work, but those that work from home need some time. Where they can be alone in silence, without others asking them questions or rushing around them. After my daughter came I had no idea how important this is to sanity and happiness. Too much silent alone time can be depressing, but not enough can cause serious anxiety and depression. So I make sure little one is safe and go outside and water the plants in the morning. Thankfully, my husband is here in the mornings, but even when you don’t have someone, you can always use a high chair for a baby or a pack and play. Keep them safe and keep yourself sane. Even 5 minutes alone, in silence outside can be so centering. Those with more freedom (no kids) have no excuses, you can do this!
- After I eat and have a moment of silence, then I’m ready to have a moment of exercise or yoga. Some people can do this sooner, but I usually need to hydrate and eat to keep the migraines away and regulate my insulin resistance. I also need those vitamins for my PCOS. For cardio I prefer to do that after dinner while watching tv, then I take a cold shower and sleep so nicely. During the day I’ll do some weights or stretch. Make sure you add some active activities in your morning, night routine, or both.
- No technology until after your morning routine is completed! This is a hard and fast rule. The only exception would be to use your device to play podcasts or music while getting ready. I love to keep podcasts on all day so I can constantly learn, be inspired, and laugh. It also keeps me motivated in having my own interests. I always have something new and exciting to talk and be passionate about. So think of a few subjects that excite you and you will find tons of podcasts to choose from.
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What’s your morning routine like? Let me know if you do anything special in your morning routine that you would love to share. I’m one of those crazy curious people that really gets a kick out of these.