How are you doing on this fine day to be alive?
Surely hope you’re healthy and enjoying your life.
I’ve learned the hard way that’s a choice, not happenstance.
Listen to what Sophie Barone, 81 years old, and from Syracuse, NY says:
“Staying young is all about being happy with yourself. I don’t mean ‘ha-ha’ happy, but ‘content? happy’.
Just enjoy every day, whether it’s good or bad, because tomorrow will be better…”
Sounds about right to me, Miss Sophie…
Speaking of choices, let’s talk about a few simple things you can do to start your day on a healthy foundation, that will hopefully carry into your day.
Figure there’s no better way to explain what I mean than sharing my early morning routine with you.
But first, and with your indulgence, a wee pep talk:
Attitude is key for living a healthy life.
Fortunately, our attitude is our choice.
And, as Miss Sophie says about living, “is all about being happy with yourself“. (Not that I’m trying to transfer undue attention upon the perceptive lady)
I firmly believe how I feel about my coming day, before I get outta bed, is more important than how my sometimes cranky body feels about it.
And, through trial and error, I’ve developed a simple morning routine that makes me look forward to getting up and get to doing.
So, I get out of bed with happy anticipation of feeling the pleasures of doing the little steps that make up my morning.
This is no simple feat.
If we live long enough, we’ll go through periods of heartaches, grief, and maybe even poor health.
And, there’ll be times when we’re in desperate need of a strong reason to get outta bed.
Thankfully, I’ve learned the reason doesn’t need be ‘big’ or dramatic.
Lifesaving discovery for me.
Enough with the pithy sap, already…
Let’s get on the dance floor and make some moves on my 7 Step Routine For Starting A Healthy, and Productive Day deal…
Step 1. I get fully dressed in clothes I’d wear shopping:
It’s primal, but hanging around the house in sleepwear just dulls our mind and drags our attitude downwards toward apathy.
We don’t need any of that kinda business!
Step 2. Make my bed and straighten up bedroom:
I’ve been up maybe five minutes, and my bed and bedroom are already nice and neat and ready for that night’s pleasures.
Plus, people will think you’re lazy, if they happen to peek your unmade bed.
Some people may think a made bed isn’t much of a feat. I disagree. I think all accomplishments are worthy of celebration and are equal.
Dumb maybe. But, our mind doesn’t know the difference.
I’m gonna skip stuff like my requisite morning bathroom visit and the deep breathing I do outside while my Jack Russell Terrier, Ginger, is taking care of her business.
Step 3. Drink 16 ounces of filtered water:
I always drink at least half my body weight in ounces of filtered water everyday. In my case, that’s just over 72 ounces of H2O.
For our drinking and cooking water, we use a simple kitchen faucet water filter we bought at Amazon
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a federal department that’s been in the news a lot because of the Ebola snafu, drinking water helps our bodies:
- keep our temperature normal
- lubricates and cushions our joints
- protects our spinal cord and other sensitive tissues
- gets rid of wastes through urination, perspiration, and bowel movements
Step 4. Take one tablespoon of cod liver oil:
Yup. Straight from the bottle, onto the spoon and into da mouth.
Actually, I buy lemon flavored and it doesn’t taste bad at all.
We also buy cod liver oil from Amazon because it’s usually fresher and it’s not stored, for who knows how long, on shelves under possibility harmful fluorescent lights, like it is in most grocery stores.
Cod liver oil contains fatty acids that supposedly prevents blood from clotting easily.
Fatty acids are also supposed to help prevent inflammations, a problem we’re prone to get as we age.
These benefits haven’t been scientifically proven beyond a shadow of doubt.
I’m taking my chances that it’ll help prevent possible blood clotting that could be caused from the effects of my arrhythmia heart condition.
Cod liver oil is also thought to have quite a few other benefits.
If you’re interested, you can see more details of those benefits, when you Click Here: Benefits of cod liver oil.
Step 5. Take one tablespoon of extra virgin organic olive oil:
From cod liver oil, a swallow of water, then a tablespoon of olive oil, and another drink of water, to ease the slight burning sensation the olive oil leaves in my throat.
I’ve already written a post describing why I take olive oil. You can see it when you click on the following blue link: Olive Oil Health Benefits.
We also get our olive oil from Amazon, because of the shelf storage issues.
Step 6. Take one and one half tablespoons of coconut oil:
Yeah, you got it. From the fire back into the frying pan. Treasa yucks the taste of coconut, so we rarely cook with it.
Pity, because I like the taste.
I’ve already written a pretty good post detailing the power of coconut oil. You can read it when you click on the following blue link: Health Benefits of Coconut Oil.
One thing about coconut oil: if you want the best results, you must get organic, virgin coconut oil.
Again we get ours from Amazon, because of the above stated reasons.
Oh yeah, one other thing, if your liquid coconut oil turns solid, it’s still OK.
When the surrounding temperature drops below (in my experience) 40 – 45 degrees, the oil gels up.
So chew it instead of chugging.
Step 7. Drink about 18 ounces of ‘black & green’ tea with a cereal bar:
Although I drink coffee if I’m breakfasting out, haven’t drank it at home for a few years.
I’ve replaced coffee with good old English ‘black & green’ tea, which is better for our stomachs.
Most types of teas have antioxidants and other such good things. Dr. Oz says
“Studies have shown that tea may protect against heart disease, Alzheimer’s and many types of cancer…”
Anyway, I usually have my tea and cereal bar in my home office.
While I nibble my cereal bar, and sip my tea, I also listen to music. This morning I’ve the Amy Winehouse channel on Pandora . (I miss that poor girl)
I also work on my online projects, like this web site you’re now visiting.
And, I research different topics of interest.
I use my research findings to connect strings of words together and then publish those results…
Some of which I hope you find interesting, informative and somewhat entertaining…
Sorta like what you’re now reading.
But, pardon me.
I’ve finished my tea.
After all that water, topped off with the tea, well, you know… gotta go.
So this may be an opportune time to wrap up:
My 7 Step Routine For Starting A Healthy, Productive Day…
Or, my simple, and empowering, reasons for getting outta bed!
Talk to you next time. Until then…
Ideas for me, your aging related story, or comments are always very welcome.