Today I want to chat about morning routines and share what I consider my “must dos”! Thank you to Fortify Probiotics for sponsoring this post.
Everyone has a morning routine to some degree, even if it’s simply pouring a cup of coffee. Ritual and routine is a beautifully grounding way to start the day. But with social media and the world of (sometimes) over sharing, many of us have followed along observing or read about another woman’s morning routine in an article and thought “how?!? How does she have time for so much self-care, so many superfood powders, PLUS a workout before dawn?”
I know I’ve wondered.
I pride myself in finding a bit of a gray area in wellness. Nothing is black and white, everything rooted in intuition and freedom and flexibility and room for HEALTHY “error” or imperfection. My morning routine is no different.
It’s simple and streamlined because I want to find it empowering and EASY rather than daunting or overwhelming. It’s sacred solo time, before emails and alerts and phone calls begins.
How do I stick to the routine? Keep it short and sweet. I’ve noticed that the more I try to cram into my routine, the more it becomes a chore rather than a chance to connect with myself.
Sometimes I have the luxury of doing much more than these three steps, but I find setting these three non negotiable actions then allowing the rest to flow naturally has prepared me for the most successful morning!
Here’s what I do first thing in the AM :
Choose a card.
If you follow along on Instagram you know I LOVE to pull from tarot, oracle, and affirmation decks. I have a stack of about 10 different decks in my bedroom. And each day I wake up and choose one. Sometimes it’s a simple affirmation, or other times I’ll get specific.
Questions and intentions I set before choosing include ...
What do I need to know today?
What energy can I bring to this day?
What do I need to hear to best support me today?
This is a very meditative and mindful practice for me and allows me to exercise my intuition first thing. Depending on what comes up, it also sparks my meditation and practices. I might not jot down thoughts each morning but I try to whenever possible and take 5-10 minutes of meditation for myself before hopping out of bed and heading to the kitchen.
Drink something nourishing :
Typically this is a green smoothie but some mornings it’s simply water with lemon and a tablespoon of ACV! If I’m traveling I may use a superfood green powder mixed in water, or carry electrolyte packets or chlorophyll drops to up the hydration after flights or long days.
However I choose to drink it, the goal here is a hefty dose of nutrients bright and early.
My go to green smoothie recipe:
2 handfuls of spinach or baby kale
Half a frozen banana
1/4 cup frozen mango
1/4 cup frozen pineapple
Cup of almond or coconut milk
Plant based protein powder or collagen peptides
I love how tropical it tastes. I don’t steer clear of fruit like some choose to, but I prefer to eat it first thing in the morning because it’s easiest to digest and then I switch to salads and more savory options the rest of the day!
Speaking of... our last step! Take my probiotic.
For digestive support and gut health I always take a Fortify Women’s Probiotic.*
I love this women’s blend from Fortify! I’ve tried many probiotics in the past but find this one works best for me.
Specifically formulated to support my digestive, immune and vaginal health, this women’s blend is formulated with 11 probiotic strains plus prebiotics.* I take it with my breakfast or AM drink, along with a couple other supplements like B12 and a spirulina to round out my quick 15 minute MUST DO routine.
*These statements have not been approved by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.