Morning Rituals Part 2: In yesterday’s post I introduced you to Oil pulling, Dry Body Brushing, Hot Towel Scrub, Morning exercise and Affirmations. Today I will introduce you to the morning rituals and benefits of Bentonite Clay, Showering, Meditation, Juicing or Smoothies for Breakfast, Warm Water variation, and Journaling. So please, if you haven’t already please head over to this post and read that!
Now moving on, the remaining options are as follows.
This may be a hard one for some of you to want to try. Basically I want you to try eating dirt. Well, not dirt, but clay, edible Bentonite Clay. Bentonite clay is a healing (absorbs toxins when ingested or applied), sedimentary clay that is made up of aged volcanic ash, and it has been used for centuries as a way to detoxify and rid the body of heavy metals, poisons, and toxins both internally and when applied externally. Bentonite clay carries a negative electrical charge, and when Bentonite is mixed with water it becomes a swelling clay that acts like a sponge which bonds to the positive charge in toxins. Because of its reaction with metals, this clay should never be stored in a metal container, nor should it be stirred with a metal spoon, always use wood or plastic for these types of clay. Bentonite clay is also high in minerals such as calcium, magnesium, silica, sodium, iron and potassium. It should be pale grey or cream in colour, and clays that appear white should be avoided as these are not true bentonite clay. You can buy Bentonite clay in your local health food store or online.
Taken internally (seek medical advice first and read labels): Mix ½ to 1 teaspoon into a glass of water and drink daily, preferably in the morning on an empty stomach for the most benefits. NOTE: when taken internally, rinse mouth afterwards to remove chalky residue and also drink more water to help with flushing the toxins out.
To use externally: mix with water to form a paste and apply to skin irritations, as a face mask, body mask, burn, itches, or add to a bath for a detoxing and skin smoothing effect (can add Epson salts and essential oils for even more detoxifying effects).
Starting the day with a shower is a great way to wake yourself up, be fresh, clean and energized for the day. It can also help with signifying a new beginning and allowing you to start fresh from yesterday. One tip: alternate between hot and cold temperatures as this helps to stimulate blood circulation and invigorate the skin by bringing blood to the outer skin layers.
Some of you may have experimented with meditation in the past and may have found it to be helpful or you may not have got the hang of it. Meditation can be very helpful for both resolving any mental or physical issues and blockages you may be experiencing. It is also a wonderful practice to enrich your connection of your mind, body and soul. You can meditate at any time of the day, however this can be a very enriching thing to do of a morning as it will help to set you up for the day, clear your mind, and provide you with a sense of calmness. There are loads of guided meditations online which you could try if this is new to you, and I recommend having a quick listen to these guided meditation before you try it to ensure you have someone who’s voice resonates and calms you, personally if I am doing a guided meditation, I find female voices more calming but it’s a personal choice. Also, don’t be put off by the idea of not having enough time. Start simple. Try meditating for a few minutes. Sit still, try to calm the mind and breathe. In later weeks we will go into this in more depth; however you have the option of trying to meditate from now on.
Juice or Smoothie for Breakfast
Personally I know that my day just feels off if I don’t start it with a delicious, nutritious, superfood packed green smoothie. A smoothie can be a great way to start the day by giving you a boost, chocked full of veggies, can be tailored to suit food needs/allergies/taste preferences, perfect for busy people as they are quick and easy to make, and they are so easy for your digestive system to digest. I had you experiment in week one with different breakfasts and also had smoothies as one option. If this worked for you, stick with it!
Warm Water variation
Starting the day with warm water stimulates bile production and helps remove toxins – adding lemon really helps! See this post here for more info
Okay now with this one you have the option of daily, bi-weekly, or weekly journaling (if its weekly its best to do of a Sunday or Monday morning to start the week off fresh) where you write down everything you want to happen in the following week or day. It doesn’t matter how trivial it is, getting in to the habit of writing down what you want to achieve helps hold you accountable. You can write down how the previous week went, what you liked and didn’t like, any fears and how you overcame them, fears for the coming week, food goals, exercise goals, a to-do list, praise for yourself or others, basically whatever is up there in that beautiful head of yours I want you to get it out and put it on paper. Hold yourself accountable. Because this can be a very private thing, I don’t expect you to share this with me. So go out, buy yourself a pretty journal (I’m not going to pick one for you as a journal is a very personal thing and should reflect you; NOTE: it doesn’t have to have any set topics in it, it can be blank pages and you can fill it out with whatever comes to mind on your journaling day), one that is going to make you want to use it. One that calls your name every time you see it. Journaling should be an exciting adventure where you get to be honest and open to yourself. It is for your eyes only.
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