I wake up in the morning, say 6:30 or 7. I meditate, remember to feel grateful for the people I love and the blessings in my life. I remember myself, and remember where I'm going at this moment, how I want to feel and how I want to express myself today. What is my purpose, my direction? I particularly like this moment of remembering, of coming back to my center.
I do a morning short yoga session which I vary depending on what my body feels like doing: some downward dog always, a good long squat, a headstand as long as I can hold it, usually trying to close my eyes and feeling my spine relax, some push up variations for both shoulder blades and chest.
When the weather is too dry, I put sesame oil all over my body and my face before a hot shower, so that my pores soak it all in. And I’ll finish with an icy 30 sec shower, which makes me feel electrified.
Then I have the most sensual, buttery, delicious "guilty pleasure" breakfast. It's mostly fat, coffee and the food of the gods: cacao
I make sure I have it outside, getting the morning sunlight on my face (if it's not too cold on my torso as well) as I sip on this heavenly deliciousness:
Coffee* (whole French Press) with cacao powder, 2 tbsp of butter, 2 tbsp of coconut oil/butter, 1 tbsp of cacao butter, 1 tbsp maca, a hint of vanilla and definitely 2 tbsp of MCT or Brain Octane oil from the Bulletproof Exec. I add some xylitol for sweetness, not too much, 2-3 tbsp.
Chocolate, butter, oil, all those things we've associated for so long with guilt, with "Oh no, I shouldn't have too much of this / I can't, it's too much, etc."
It turns out if you know the quality of your food, you have done the research and you've experimented, you'll come to this realization:
You feel amazing, the caffeine, the theobromine, the butyrates, all the other goodness in your morning mocha make your brain, your heart, your body fall in love with food again, every morning.
They are all hyper excited at the unctuous goodness, and the health benefits, add to that the mental clarity and the fat-burning processes it triggers :)
I am in love with my morning ritual. And I love loving it. Give it a shot. It's not that hard.
The stable energy levels I have all day, not only until lunch around 1:30 or 2pm but until the evening tops it all off with yet another happy grin.
* Toxin (mold, mycotoxin)-free coffee. This is very important, regular coffee with mold will sap your energy and take you on a very uncool roller coaster of energy levels). Look for single origin, wash-processed coffee, I particularly love the Bulletproof Coffee grains (upgradedself.com) for my morning mocha.