3 reasons to implement a morning routine
i’m sure you’ve heard how important routines are to our health, and if you haven’t, let’s talk for a minute.
why do you think parents are so crazy about making sure their babies and kids are on some kind of a routine? because it’s good for them. both mentally and physically. when our minds and bodies know what to expect and when to expect it, they function more optimally. i’ve recently started to build up a morning routine, and while it’s not quite where i want it to be yet, it’s slowly becoming a habit and that’s all that matters … baby steps.
tomorrow is the beginning of october, and fall is a great time to get into new routines, especially when that colder weather starts changing our habits! here are 3 reasons you should start implementing a morning routine a$ap, and 3 ideas to get you started:
1. easing into the day sets a positive tone for the rest of it. we all know that feeling … our alarm goes off and wakes us up from a deep sleep and we hit snooze. and the alarm goes off again … and we hit snooze again. and again … and again. we wake up at the last possible minute, take a hurried shower, get dressed, throw our sh*t in a bag, inhale our breakfast and run out the door. sound familiar? starting our day off in a rush is going to set a pretty negative tone for the rest of it.
personally, i like to set my alarm for about 15 minutes earlier than i need to be up, and allow myself at least an hour to get ready so i don’t feel rushed. of course, this doesn’t always happen, but on the days it does, i feel so much better when i head out the door. what do i do with that extra 15 minutes?
tip #1: meditate! starting your day off with a quick 10-15 minute meditation can do wonders. it’s as easy as turning off your alarm, sitting on the edge of your bed, turning on some meditation music [i love krishna das] and zoning out and being completely still for a few minutes. studies have shown that meditation has a huge positive impact on how the brain fuctions, so it’s a great way to get you into the right headspace before beginning your day. if the idea of meditating freaks you out, this guided meditation from one of the sweetest souls i’ve ever met, cassandra bodzak, is perfect for getting started … and for a little extra motivation for going after your goals!
2. looking at your phone first thing in the morning is bad for your brain. it’s probably not new information that the light given off by our device screens seriously effs with our eyes and our brains. waking up and immediately trolling our instagram or facebook feeds isn’t going to help us ease into our day and will really confuse our brains that are trying to adjust to being awake again. when you don’t have a routine in place, it’s so easy to grab your phone, turn off the alarm and go straight to email, texts, twitter or whatever it is you’re into these days, so …
tip #2: buy an alarm clock … like, a real alarm clock. invest in a real alarm clock and put your phone facedown on your nightstand when you go to sleep the night before so you aren’t as tempted to wake up and check it immediately. i promise you, whatever it is, it can wait. try to go phone free for at least 30 minutes after waking up. this cloud alarm clock is fun, simple and gets the job done.
3. when we wake our bodies up in the right way, all of our systems start to regulate. sleep is something that our bodies need in order to function. sleep has a huge impact on all of our systems … digestive, lymphatic, circulatory … literally everything our bodies does requires sleep to do it right, but giving them a little jumpstart won’t hurt! how can we do this?
tip #3: wake up your system with skin brushing or give your metabolism a head start with hot lemon water! dry skin brushing [read all about it here] is a great way to wake up the lymphatic system first thing in the morning [i typically do this right before hopping in the shower as it’s also a way to exfoliate] and drinking a mug of hot water with the juice from half of a lemon [and maybe a sprinkle of cayenne pepper, turmeric and a splash of apple cider vinegar] before eating breakfast will give your metabolism a little boost after it’s been at rest overnight [the recipe for my daily detox drink is here].
getting started with something like this can be daunting, especially when we feel like we’re losing sleep. i highly recommend starting slow … that’s what i’ve been doing over the past few weeks and it’s working wonders!
go out and buy an alarm clock and start waking up just 5 minutes earlier than usual for the next week to meditate. for the week after, try 10 minutes, the following week, 15 and so on. once that’s feeling good, add skin brushing or hot lemon water … and keep building it up! the change doesn’t have to happen overnight [see what i did there?!] … as always, baby steps build habits, extremes don’t.
do you have any ideas for creating a morning routine that i didn’t mention here? share in the comments below!
photo courtesy of the design chaser
motivation mondays: week 47
i can’t believe it’s already monday again…the past few weekends have gone by wayyyyy too quickly. there just aren’t enough hours in the day, days in the week, etc. for everything i want to do … i’m beginning to establish a routine to try to solve this dilemma, and it’s slowly coming along … but i’ll talk more about this in a blog post later! let’s talk motivation mondays!
to me, this is a reminder to not force anything, to let whatever happens … happen. often, when we’re trying to force something, we’re going against the “plan” that the universe has in place for us, and there is no need to struggle, especially if we keep in mind that everything will be okay in the long run. be open to new opportunities, people and ideas. if life takes an unexpected turn, ride it out. if people come into your life unexpectedly, welcome them. if things don’t work out how you thought they would, accept it. deal with the upset, the pain, the heartbreak however you need to, but then leave it behind you. go with the flow. sometimes the best things in life are the things we least expected.
links i loved this weekend:
1. did everyone get a chance to see the blood moon last night? i did … and i actually had a pretty good view of it from my apartment here in l.a.! it’s significant for more than one reason … you know … if astrology is your kinda thing [it’s slowly becoming mine].
2. so this is my new favorite instagram account … this girl is living my definition of “the dream”.
3. and a special thanks to my best friend lacey for showing me this over the weekend … had me laughing pretty good.
have an amazing week … see you on wednesday!
photo courtesy of nautical wheeler
fall recipe round-up!
as much as i hate to admit it, summer’s officially over and fall is here. even though summer is my favorite season and nothing is better than beach weather, one of the reasons i’m usually okay with the transition from summer to fall is all of the baking and cooking this season inspires. i did a bunch of fall recipes last year and i can’t wait to get back in the kitchen over the next few weeks to work on more fall-inspired recipes to share with you guys!
in the meantime, here are my favorite [and most popular] fall recipes from 2014 along with a couple that aren’t my own, but just look so effing good that i felt obligated to include them.
what are your favorite fall recipes? share in the comments below!
motivation mondays: week 46
sorry i’m a little late getting this post live today … my mom was visiting me in sunny los angeles this weekend and helping get me a little more settled here … we covered a lot of ground, ate some great food, drank some drinks and did some shopping … i even signed a lease on a shiny new car, which is seriously a game changer. still working on getting some furniture for my apartment, but seriously, baby steps.
so, here we go! motivation mondays! i saw this on pinterest [where i get all of my motivation mondays inspiration, let’s be honest here] and i loved it because it’s so freakin’ true and something i really had never thought of looking at this way before.
sometimes i think we can get hung up on what we want to do and can become so focused on doing it [not that this is a bad thing] that we miss other opportunities. we put all of our time and energy into something, and if it doesn’t work for us, we get upset and beat ourselves up and get into the “what am i doing wrong?” mindset. we rarely consider that some things just aren’t going to work for us because they aren’t supposed to.
it can be hard to come to terms with this because when we want something so badly we can’t imagine what will happen if it doesn’t work out. sometimes, as hard as it might be, you need to come to terms with the fact that maybe you’re pushing for something that isn’t right for you and start exploring new options, at the very least knowing that you tried and gave it your all.
often it’s not us, it’s the way we’re doing something or where we think we’re headed that’s the problem. and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. time will tell you where you should go, and i’m a big believer that everything works out in the long run. patience and persistence pay off, but so does flexibility and openminded-ness.
links i love this week:
1. my friend sean has an article on the infatuation today … pretty freakin’ awesome, considering my obsession with all things food and the infatuation‘s current status in the foodie world!
2. this LITERALLY killed me. too good. TOO REAL. anyone who has a love/hate relationship with spinning will be able to relate.
3. animal rescue is a cause that is very near and dear to my heart, and the work that new york bully crew does is amazing. they take in dogs from horrible situations in the worst condition imaginable and do it all from the support of their volunteers. please, if you have anything to spare, consider donating to them … anything helps and they need all the help they can get!
see you back over here on wednesday for a fall themed post [can you believe that summer is over?!] and on friday we’re gonna talk all about routines and why they’re so important and can be so beneficial to our health.
have a great week!
Photo courtesy of Jon Van Gilder
product review: halo top ice cream
product reviews are something that i have been wanting to start doing here on bananas + bellinis for some time now, and today, i’m reviewing something that’s pretty cool in more ways than one: ice cream. yep. ice cream. a little confused? let me explain!
the social media team over at halo top creamery reached out to me and asked if i would be interested in getting some of their ice cream and writing a blog post about it. i mean…why would i have ever said no to that offer?!
obviously you guys know i’m all about balance and treating yourself every once in a while, but even so, ice cream is one of those things i rarely keep in my freezer. that’s all changing now, thanks to halo top!
halo top ice cream is pretty awesome because it proves that ice cream can be healthy and taste just as good as ice cream is supposed to. it’s made with all-natural ingredients [no processed sh*t], is low in calories and sugar, and high in protein. to top it all off, it actually lives up to its claims! i got my hands on lemon cake and vanilla bean flavors…both were decadent, creamy and didn’t taste like they had any business being labeled as “healthy”. the lemon cake flavor was definitely my favorite of the two and i can’t wait to try their birthday cake and chocolate mocha chip flavors next.
it’s a no brainer: 5/5 for halo top creamery ice cream!
right now, halo top is sold in select grocery stores and supermarkets [i found it here in LA at whole foods, and you can track it down near you on their website] and comes in a variety of flavors … there’s no way you won’t find something you like!
motivation mondays: week 45
okay gang! it’s been a while, and i really appreciate you all hangin’ in there with me during my mini-hiatus … it’s been a process getting settled over here in sunny california, which has messed up my routine in many, many more ways than one, but this week, i’m back and i can promise that you’ll see posts going up as per the regular schedule (monday, wednesday and friday).
before we get to this week’s quote, let’s pause to talk about the fig and goat cheese ice cream with pecan crumble i had last night:
yep. that happened. sweet rose creamery at the brentwood country market makes fresh ice cream daily and they have some of the most unique flavors, including this one, that i’ve ever seen for ice cream. yea, you should go. not even a question.
this week for motivation mondays, i want to talk about the importance of your attitude when dealing with juuussstttt about anything:
your attitude can impact a whole lot more than you probably realize. worrying, thinking negatively, or not believing in yourself can be really detrimental to the outcome of any given situation. if you think you can’t do something, i promise you, you can’t. believing that you’re capable of achieving something you’ve never done before is more than half the battle.
i mean … let’s think about it … if you don’t think you can, who else is going to? probably no one. whatever you focus on, whatever you think is going to happen, you give power to.
so, you should start trying to be positive. believe in yourself. even if it’s only for one millisecond every day, it’s better than never believing in yourself. attitude has a greater impact than we’ll probably ever realize, but we can start using the power of our minds in a positive way almost immediately, because it’s something that we actually do have control over, unlike so many of the other variables playing into our lives.
what’s one area in your life where you can start changing the way you’re thinking, the way you’re seeing yourself or talking to yourself? share in the comments below … or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
links I’m loving:
1. you know i love a good puppy video, and this little game of tug-of-war is no exception. i mean, seriously?!
2. have you guys seen my most recent post on wellspired? it’s a round-up of my favorite healthy, happy products that you should try immediately.
3. and finally, if you haven’t already, sign up for my newsletter! i’ve got plans to totally revamp it, and you’re going to want to be in on it … so go sign up!
see you back here on wednesday with a new product review that i know you guys are going to love!
healthy lifestyle staples: life equals probiotic
a few months ago, i was contacted by the founders of life equals, a company that creates dietary supplements, about a potential partnership with their company. of course, the first thing i did was research … i checked out their website and immediately liked what i saw. not only do they create a variety of different dietary supplements, but their mission and values really aligned with my own for a few reasons …
for starters, they’re all about balance … and you probably know by now how important balance is to me, and they focus on bringing health to people on the individual level through small daily actions. second, all of their products are made from organic, all-natural, non-gmo ingredients and are 100% vegan … so yea, no brainer there. finally, they give back. for every purchase, life equals donates a month worth of vitamins to a child in a developing country. pretty cool, right?
i mean, sure, it sounded great, but i can’t get on board with something, no matter how great it sounds, without actually trying it and experiencing it firsthand. so, i did just that … and have been pretty freakin’ happy with the results!
for the past few months, i’ve been using their probiotic and loving it! i’ve been taking a probiotic religiously for the past year and half … it was a total game changer for me and something i saw make an impact on how i felt almost immediately … so i was a little nervous about switching it up. luckily, life equals makes an amazing product that works and i feel good about getting behind. if you aren’t familiar with the benefits of taking a daily probiotic, i’ll name a few here …
- improved digestion
- better immunity
- weight control
preliminary research even shows that they can help to keep allergies under control. basically, long story short, when your gut and digestive system are both healthy, you’re going to experience better overall health.
i also tried their focus + energy supplements, which are great in the afternoon when i’m getting that “2:30 feeling” and don’t want to dive into another cup of coffee, but still need a little boost.
so … what am i getting at here? if you’re already taking supplements of any kind, check out life equals … they give back in a big way, so it’s worth considering the change if you’re into contributing to the world positively … with no extra effort required.
they’re also a subscription service … once you’re a member, you decide what, and how often, your supplements get delivered. so there’s no having to remember to place an order when you’re about to run out [or once you already have!] … they take care of that for you! so easy, right?!
finally, life equals is so generously offering the bananas + bellinis community 75% OFF and FREE SHIPPING on their first monthly subscription order with the code KEL75 at checkout.
so, if you’re into it and wanna give them a try … why not with a discount like that?! if you have questions, shoot me an email! i’d be happy to tell you more about my experience with their products and give you some recommendations. my email is email@example.com … can’t wait to hear from you!
all images courtesy of life equals
motivation [mondays] tuesday: wayne dyer edition
good morning everyone! i apologize for the delay in getting this week’s motivation mondays post up…i had one all scheduled to go, but when i heard that dr. wayne dyer had passed away sunday evening, i just felt like i needed to start the week off with a little delay to honor his amazing soul and all of the work he did in his lifetime … so, let’s jump right into it, shall we?
if you aren’t familiar with dr. dyer, he was a self-help guru, author of countless books and one of the leading voices on the power and importance of spirituality. his work has touched millions of people throughout the world and his legacy will last for many years to come.
this is one of my favorite quotes of his:
to me, this quote is all about having the courage to be yourself, without worrying about what others will think of you. it’s a really important topic that’s been in the news so much lately, and while there is a lot of negativity and hatred in the world, i truly believe that there is more positivity and love … we just need to know where to find it.
don’t be afraid to go after something that you want. don’t be afraid to express yourself. don’t be afraid to make mistakes along the way. the only thing worth regretting is not showing the world and the people in it who you are…what you were put on planet to do. do whatever it is that you want to do … and really do it. there is not half-assing anything…what’s the point of only kinda following your dreams and living your purpose? there isn’t. so show the world who you are and never. stop. doing it.
links I love:
1. WOW, i loved this article … perfect is boring and if you’re perfect you can’t go anywhere.
2. um, so I had the pleasure of meeting my first #instafamous dog on saturday … ever heard of jiff?! if not, educate yourself immediately because he’s the cutest, sweetest little teddy bear of all time.
3. yep, #accurate.
have an amazing week … check back wednesday and friday for some new posts and also stay tuned for more of me on prana writes!
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