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What are your morning health rituals/habits?

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Updated October 30, 2014 at 4:35 AM
Created January 10, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Generally, I have a ritual when I wake up. I try to adhere to it as regularly as possible.

First thing when I wake up I drink 2 tall glasses of water (4 cups, so about 32oz of water.) While I'm sipping on the water, I'll meditate or screw around on the internet and do stuff around the house. During this time, I also drink ginger tea every single morning (haven't missed a day so far since I started doing this like a month ago.) I use a potato peeler to slice the ginger fine, boil it until the water becomes a pale golden color. Maybe light up a J after I've been awake for at least 2 hours. Once in a blue moon I'll make a green smoothie (without fruit), and I'll pour half a barrel of coconut oil in there to mask the taste of the vegetables. I think green smoothies are disgusting, but I drink them anyway. Sometimes I squirt some lemon/lime juice in the smoothie or ginger tea, to get some of that vitamin C all the kids are raving about nowadays.

I usually don't have breakfast, because IFing makes me feel better. If I DO feel like eating food early in the morning, it will generally be eggs or something vegetable-heavy. I try to stay away from more than 10g of protein in the morning. If I'm consuming protein in the morning, I make sure to brew a particularly strong batch of ginger tea to increase my stomach acid production a bit more.

I try to pee at least thrice before leaving the house. I like to see my urine become totally clear before I have my first meal of the day.

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14877 · January 15, 2013 at 6:03 PM

I always say this- "morning workouts are the Second best way to start the day." Sex, obviously being the fist. But really the best is having sex and then going directly to the gym and getting a good pump and workout in. It's like one orgasm after another after another.

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1042 · January 15, 2013 at 5:52 PM

MasterB - +1 for the 'American Psycho' reference; I love it! Chris - +1 for getting the reference and adding the perfected business card reference!

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8014 · January 15, 2013 at 5:32 PM

HA! Thanks for the smile.

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1614 · January 15, 2013 at 5:08 PM

funny, funny. do you spend the rest of your day working on perfecting your business card?

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3432 · January 15, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Wouldn't the 'deep pore' treatment work better before icing?

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1981 · January 11, 2013 at 11:55 PM

I sure do. Wouldn't trade her for the world, and I'm lucky she's still around

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1186 · January 11, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Hmmm http://i.qkme.me/2zuv.jpg

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3432 · January 11, 2013 at 4:39 PM

I love cold showers. So healthy and energizing.

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842 · January 11, 2013 at 5:28 AM

Good family memories. I bet you love your grandmother, Scratch :) Gratitude is my latitude, Colin :)

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2030 · January 11, 2013 at 4:28 AM

+1 for Gratitude.

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1981 · January 10, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Hahahaha, I love "prod my nesters out of bed". I grew up living with my grandmother, who would holler up the stairs that I had 30 seconds. Then, if I wasn't up by the time she got to my room (which was every single day), she'd yank off the covers and start spraying me with cold water from a spray bottle.

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1981 · January 10, 2013 at 5:44 PM

I don't understand why this is being down voted, it's a good question. I guess people are offended by your morning ritual, Roth :p

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18635 · January 10, 2013 at 5:34 PM

lmao roth...dude you need to relax. Its a joke. Geez with your morning ritual I woulda thought you could handle it.

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2904 · January 10, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Haha, only on Paleohacks would I get -2 for posting something like this. Even on 30Bad I'd probably get serious responses. Is the -2 for living a healthier and more health-conscious lifestyle than you do?

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2904 · January 10, 2013 at 4:53 PM

JayJay, I work from home. I go to school. I have gym equipment at home. I meditate and sunbathe in the backyard. What else should I be doing? I sense some hostility form you. Try Natural Calm - it's a well-known and good-quality magnesium supplement.

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2944 · January 10, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Why do you like to see clear urine?

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18635 · January 10, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Get a job hippy!

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842 · January 10, 2013 at 5:33 PM

I wake up with thoughts of gratitude for another day. I spoke to someone on the phone who is retiring on January 18 after 42 years of doing the same job (I called to get clarity on a bill and he is the person who helped with that.) He said he has done the same thing for 42 years and now he is going to see what he missed during those years. No judgement. It just struck me how I could not do that. I ask myself what is possible for this day, thank God for being me and healthy, (this usually takes about ten minutes) and then I am up to make breakfast and gently prod my nesters out of bed. While I cook, I also drink a liter of water with chlorophyll in it and some lemon and puriphy drops. I make a big breakfast for everyone (this morning it was beef broth with shank meat, kale, sweet potato and 1/2 an avocado each with lemon and salt, and a side of peas. Some mornings it's bacon and eggs, or egg omelet with hard cheese and always a salad of various veggies and avocado). Coffee is made each morning. Some mornings I only have my coffee and heavy cream, other mornings I am ready to eat and HUNGRY! We juice almost every day. Kale, cucumber and celery with a whole lemon is a nice juice that doesn't taste awful. Parsley can be added for extra chlorophyll or cilantro for a metal cleanse. Sometimes a jalapeno gets added for a kick! A morning drive to get the kids to school, a walk or run on the beach a few times a week, and then doing what it takes to earn a living. I try to make the most money in the least hours possible to make life work. I am breadwinner, mom, and responsible for me, all rolled into one.

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842 · January 11, 2013 at 5:28 AM

Good family memories. I bet you love your grandmother, Scratch :) Gratitude is my latitude, Colin :)

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1981 · January 10, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Hahahaha, I love "prod my nesters out of bed". I grew up living with my grandmother, who would holler up the stairs that I had 30 seconds. Then, if I wasn't up by the time she got to my room (which was every single day), she'd yank off the covers and start spraying me with cold water from a spray bottle.

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2030 · January 11, 2013 at 4:28 AM

+1 for Gratitude.

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1981 · January 11, 2013 at 11:55 PM

I sure do. Wouldn't trade her for the world, and I'm lucky she's still around

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383 · January 11, 2013 at 4:18 PM

I believe in taking care of myself and a balanced diet and rigorous exercise routine. In the morning if my face is a little puffy I'll put on an ice pack while doing stomach crunches. I can do 1000 now. After I remove the ice pack I use a deep pore cleanser lotion. In the shower I use a water activated gel cleanser, then a honey almond body scrub, and on the face an exfoliating gel scrub. Then I apply an herb-mint facial mask which I leave on for 10 minutes while I prepare the rest of my routine. I always use an after shave lotion with little or no alcohol, because alcohol dries your face out and makes you look older. Then moisturizer, then an anti-aging eye balm followed by a final moisturizing protective lotion.

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1614 · January 15, 2013 at 5:08 PM

funny, funny. do you spend the rest of your day working on perfecting your business card?

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1042 · January 15, 2013 at 5:52 PM

MasterB - +1 for the 'American Psycho' reference; I love it! Chris - +1 for getting the reference and adding the perfected business card reference!

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3432 · January 15, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Wouldn't the 'deep pore' treatment work better before icing?

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8014 · January 15, 2013 at 5:36 PM

It's too bad no one has answered with quite possibly the best way to start a day:

Orgasm. (Preferably because someone else is in the bed and it wasn't because you "took matters into your own hands," so to speak.)

And no, this isn't the way I start my day. Would be nice if it was, though! ;-)

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14877 · January 15, 2013 at 6:03 PM

I always say this- "morning workouts are the Second best way to start the day." Sex, obviously being the fist. But really the best is having sex and then going directly to the gym and getting a good pump and workout in. It's like one orgasm after another after another.

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19120 · January 10, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Wake, sip tepid water from nightstand, walk a bit, void bowels, read a bit, concentrated exercise for 30ish minutes, breakfast if hungry, shower, dress, feed cats, car, drive, work, ... read paleohacks.

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18635 · January 10, 2013 at 4:08 PM

A smoke and an Irish coffee.

Haha...those were the days. Just regular coffee and a teaspoon of Butter/FCLO. I'm anti-habit though so I purposely do different stuff each morning (guess randomness could be considered a habit eh?).

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943 · January 11, 2013 at 7:03 AM

I've started taking cold showers in the morning. It gives a surprisingly good feeling in the entire body. I will start out with both the hot and cold water on and then turn off the hot in the end.

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3432 · January 11, 2013 at 4:39 PM

I love cold showers. So healthy and energizing.

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78422 · January 15, 2013 at 6:07 AM

i take a big shit then i get outta bed and eat some pop tarts and whole wheat waffles with margarine and aspartame sweet n low and drink concetrated orange juice. i like being healthy.+

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0 · January 15, 2013 at 4:00 AM

The only habit I have while reading is to support my chin with my left hand. But that's just a general "reading in front of the computer posture", rather than anything manga specific.

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11111 · January 14, 2013 at 4:58 PM

I have a dog's breakfast every morning - a stretch, a piss, a look around and I am set for the morning. Been doing this for years. I don't eat until at least after 11 am.

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8014 · January 15, 2013 at 5:32 PM

HA! Thanks for the smile.

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5949 · January 11, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Wake up. Pee. Make coffee.

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0 · January 11, 2013 at 5:32 PM

wake up, drink water, brush, dump, GYM, shower, bfast,ride to work, die as a slave and then resurrect the next morning to rinse, lather and repeat.

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75 · January 11, 2013 at 4:41 PM

wake up, piss, put on kettle , wash teeth, drink coffee while reading news/facebook, walk twenty minutes to class. then go back to sleep..

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785 · January 11, 2013 at 12:08 AM

I get up at 6:30 am and let the dog out and feed the three cats. I make a coffee in my Tassimo (i know, lazy but i'm the only one in the house who drinks coffee). Let the dog in and feed her. I then shower, start making breakfast (usually bacon and eggs), wake up my two kids, finish making breakfast. We eat, I deal with their moods/problems, dress myself and leave the house by 8 am. Off and running for a busy day :)

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436 · January 10, 2013 at 6:48 PM

I wake up at 5:30, and spend 30 minutes relaxing and drinking lots and lots coffee. I eat a small snack and get dressed. I get my bag for the day ready with my computer and all. Out hte door by 6:25 and arrive to work by 7.

Then I make breakfast at work (beef and eggs usually yumm) and watch good morning america.

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499 · January 10, 2013 at 5:55 PM

bacon... that's all it takes to get the day started off right

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1981 · January 10, 2013 at 5:43 PM

I wake up before dawn, check Facebook and paleohacks and email while getting dressed, weather network on in the background...the blue light helps me wake right up even though it's dark.

I walk out the door by 3:50, stop in at 7-11 and pick up a coffee, which I drink on the way, and walk 3 miles to work. On the walk, I usually listen to an audiobook or a podcast.

Some days I'll put on some music and dance down the street. I get weird looks from the miners waiting for the mine bus, but it makes me feel good.

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389 · January 10, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Interesting morning... sounds like it is working for you though.

I generally wake up, get dressed for work, slam down some water and any supplements I need for the morning. Make some bulletproof Yerba Mate, pack my food for the day, then head out the door by 6:50. Pretty boring but it gets the job done!

If I was more of a morning person I would wake up earlier to meditate, but I enjoy my sleep too much haha.

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