I have this fabulous tee shirt with Snoopy wailing, “Je deteste le matin” (French for: I hate the mornings.) Some folks spring out of bed chirping like a songbird. These people should probably all go live together on an island.
For the rest of us, it’s easy to grab a sugar-laden granola bar and a drive-thru diabetes latte (you know which ones I’m talking about – the ones that taste like diabetes) and grumble through the AM.
I always have to address clients’ morning routine. This is where you set the stage for your day. A sucky breakfast = a sucky lunch = a sucky dinner = a sad client.
Here’s how to own the morning and set a beautiful intention for an #essenceapproved day:
- Gulp. You haven’t drank anything for multiple hours; you’re dehydrated! Sip a FULL glass (or two) of water while you primp. Bonus points if you muddle fresh mint/lemon in there. Overachiever.
- If you’re a morning exerciser, this is the time to be SO thankful that you ALREADY laid out your gym clothes the NIGHT BEFORE! Slap ‘em on, and call your Uber.
- If you’re one of those people who claims nausea if you eat before exercising, fine. Have AT LEAST half a piece of fruit to give your body the energy it needs to exercise. No fainting goats on my watch.
- If, like me, you need an Olympic breakfast before your exercise, have at it. Pair protein, starch, and some good fat. Fruit helps, as well. Need ideas? Holler at me.
- During exercise, if you’re prone to boredom while running/walking/gymming (this is why I recommend group fitness!), set yourself up with a podcast, a book from Audible.com, or an episode of Real Housewives. Whatever. Just don’t shrimp out because you got bored.
- Shower after, or, just Europeanify yourself and wipe down with argan oil wipes and some Oribe hair freshener. This is not an ad. I’m just obsessed with Oribe.
- Refuel. A lot of us get a little hypoglycemic after working out; have some protein – a yogurt, some nuts, a cottage cheese, a string cheese, etc. BECAUSE YOU PACKED IT IN YOUR BAG, RIGHT?
A little prep, a little pep, and your morning is right as rain.