Nourish the body, feed the spirit
Updated: Aug 19, 2020
It has been said, “How you do anything is how you do everything,” which makes me think of breakfast – the first, and arguably, most important meal of the day. Breakfast sets the tone for your entire day, or as I like to say, “How you do breakfast is how you do your day.”
According to a Kellogg Company survey, only 34% of Americans eat breakfast. With what we know about the Standard American Diet, and our seemingly insatiable desire for convenience, it’s likely that the breakfast this small percentage of Americans is consuming lacks nutritional and energetic value to a great degree. A bowl of cereal and a cup of coffee may break your nightly fast and give you a quick boost of energy to get your day started, but it won’t sustain you throughout the day.
In Traditional Chinese medicine, 7-9 AM is ruled by the Stomach. It is a time for nourishing yourself and taking in nutrients that will help regulate your physical, mental and emotional bodies throughout your entire day. Without nourishing your physical and energetic bodies, your spirit will not be able to thrive. When we feel scattered or anxious, it is because our spirit doesn’t feel safe in our physical body. Strengthening your body with high-quality foods in balanced quantities at the appropriate times of day sets you up for success so that your spirit can soar and you can accomplish your daily tasks with ease.
As a holistic practitioner, I take great pride in helping my clients figure out an authentic, energizing, and sustainable morning routine, which always includes a high-quality breakfast. I don’t believe in one-size-fits-all diets or lifestyles, so before an initial Holistic Health Coaching session, I have all of my clients fill out a detailed intake that let’s me know their personal patterns and preferences. This allows me to curate a plan of action and set of unique tools to help them work toward lasting change on their health and wellness journey.
Although every client that I work with is unique, there are still some general recommendations that I can make in order to help you kickstart your morning and optimize your energy throughout the day. Here’s one key tip to get you started:
Ditch the coffee.
Yes, you read that correctly. Ditch the coffee. Before you write me off, let’s discuss. Coffee is King in the United States, but so is overwork, burnout, anxiety, and depression. Most Americans can’t live without their morning cup of coffee because they don’t actually have the natural reserves of energy in their system to function without it. The irony is that although coffee provides you with a temporarily boost of energy, it actually simultaneously depletes your adrenals and strips your body of its natural ability to produce and maintain the energy you need throughout the day. Coffee may be King, but in reality it’s a false god.
The good news is that there are wonderful alternatives to coffee that can allow you to keep your morning ritual in tact while providing your body with a more sustainable boost of energy as well as nutritional benefit. Friends, meet:
Made from high-quality green tea, matcha still contains some caffeine to provide you with increased energy, but unlike coffee that sends a shock to your adrenals, matcha provides you with a slow and steady stream of energy that will last throughout the day. Matcha is also packed with antioxidants and has been shown to decrease cortisol levels (stress hormone) in the body. Lower levels of cortisol can be linked to a decrease in inflammation, lower blood pressure, and even increased levels of self-esteem. Three cheers for matcha!
If you’d learn more about this powerful plant medicine that can replace your morning coffee, read more about it here.
No matter what your morning rituals are, make sure that they work for you. Bring a sense of gratitude, levity, and fun to everything that you do, and there’s nothing that you won’t be able to accomplish.