So you wake up in the morning and realize you left your personal chef in dreamland. Your next question will likely be, how to start the day with a healthy breakfast? Part of the answer is that giving yourself a strong start for the day depends on your individual body and needs. But for all of us, in order to “break fast” after our bodies have been resting and our digestion shut down for many hours, this first meal is our opportunity to prepare our bodies and minds for another day.
Studies show that a healthy breakfast is import in kick-starting the day, from improving concentration and focus to starting up the metabolism to maintaining a balanced weight. Here are our suggestions for putting together an individualized holistic body-mind breakfast routine.
Start the day with some movement to bring life back to the body and get grounded. Even if you’re not a yogi, some relaxed stretches and deep breathing can make a huge difference to activate the body and mind. Bringing some movement to the lymphatic system is also a great idea to help circulate nutrients and toxins to where they need to go. Unlike the blood, which has it's own magnificent pump (the heart), the lymphatic fluid needs our activity to move it through the body. Shake up the lymph by dancing for a few minutes or doing jumping jacks. Any physical activity that brings your heart rate up will signal the body that it’s time for all the little systems and machines to get going and do their job! It’s also good for calming and centering the mind, especially if you follow movement by sitting for a few minutes to quietly visualize your day and bring in a sense of positivity and centeredness.