5 Ways to Jumpstart Your Day

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Last week, I had a few too many sluggish and unproductive mornings. I was constantly feeling tired and sluggish probably due to eating the wrong foods, not drinking enough water, and skipping a few pilates classes. I originally didn’t know what was causing me to feel like this, but after a few minutes of thinking I realized it was because I deviated from my typical morning routine. Below I have listed five things that help jumpstart my mornings, and I hope you find it helpful. Happy Monday!

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1. Eat a Healthy Breakfast: Growing up my mother and grandmother would constantly repeat the importance of eating a good healthy breakfast. They would say “make sure you are eating breakfast everyday, so you can have enough energy and nutrients to get you through the day.” Now that I am in my 20s I have really noticed the difference in my energy and concentration levels if I forgo breakfast. Each morning I try to eat a nice balanced breakfast. I love eating oatmeal, Chobani greek yogurt (I love the strawberry and mixed berry flavors), or a granola bar. If I am on the go I pack a banana or granola in a plastic baggy.

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2. Drink a Cup of Coffee or Tea: Almost every morning I wake and drink a cup of Teavana’s Samurai Chai Mate Tea mixed with the White Ayurvedic Chai Tea. These teas are a great source of antioxidants and help balance and support digestion. I’m not much of a coffee drinker but the caffeine in moderation can help boost your energy levels.

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3. Take an Early Morning Exercise Class: At least 3-4 times a week I start my morning off by taking an early morning pilates or spin class. After taking a morning class I always feel more energetic and focused. I also notice that my metabolism is boosted making me more likely to eat healthy foods afterwards.

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4. Drink a Protein Shake or Make a Fruit Smoothie: At my gym in St. Louis my mother and I would always get protein shakes after our morning workouts. After drinking a shake, I always noticed that my appetite was suppressed. When I don’t have enough time to cook breakfast, I sometimes make myself a fruit/veggie smoothie. I typically make mine with strawberries, bananas, spinach or kale, and sometimes I add a little greek yogurt. Drinking a protein shake or fruit smoothie are very convenient when traveling, driving to work, or heading to class.
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5. Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate: Drinking plenty of water in the morning helps your body produce new muscle and blood cells, boost your metabolism, and give you a beautiful morning glow. Who wouldn’t want an early morning glow! #Iwokeuplikethis #flawless

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AE Jacket: similar here and here // White Tee: same style here and here// Express Jeans: similar style here // Steve Madden Wedges: similar here// Sole Society Crossbody// Sunglasses: similar here //

P.S. It’s so funny to say but when I was taking these pictures in Tampa I was pranked! On my way to the coffee shop a little guy  asked to use my phone to call his mom because “he was lost”  after watching me take a few photographs he told me it was a prank and that he just wanted to tell me that I was beautiful. Then he asked for a hug!! Aw melts my heart! Lets remember to spread love, you will never know how much a simple statement can make someone’s day.

 

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  • Anna Hubbard

    Such a cute outfit! I need a huge cup of coffee and some breakfast before I can even think about starting the day. By the way, that April Fools joke is so cute! Little things like that can really make your day!
    -Anna | http://www.fivefootandfabulous.com

  • I need to start exercising in the mornings but I cant seem to peel myself out of bed before work to do so. Also, LOVE the outfit.
    xoxo, Jenny

  • Kayla S

    I agree with all of your tips — I (religiously) start every morning with a cup of green tea with a lemon wedge!

    Kayla || Keynotes from Kay

  • I LOVE smoothies. I don’t know if you have ever heard of Tropical Smoothie but it is a store they have where I live and it is sososo good! x, kenz http://sincerelykenz.com

  • I always drink a big cup of water first thing in the morning! Also totally agree with you on the healthy breakfast – I have so much more energy! Awesome tips :)

    X,
    Cristina
    Cristinawashere.com

  • Miss ALK

    I am such a big tea drinker! And I’m trying to get more in the habit of exercising earlier in the day!! Love these tips and cute outfit girl! :-)

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

  • What a fun encounter! What a sweet guy.

  • I love these photos! :) Your wedges are just fantastic!!

  • I love your wedges! Having a cup of tea and doing a morning workout really help me to get my day going.

    LiveLifeWell,
    Allison

  • I love these tips!!!! I have so much trouble waking up to stick to a morning routine, but as im getting older, i’ve noticed that I really need to be waking up and sticking to what I need to do to feel great!

  • I love these tips!!!! I have so much trouble waking up to stick to a morning routine, but as im getting older, i’ve noticed that I really need to be waking up and sticking to what I need to do to feel great!

  • I’ve slowly started getting into working out in the morning! Also, I preach to everyone that breakfast is the most important meal of the day! So important. So many good tips!

    xoxo
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  • These are all crucial elements to my morning as well! My body freaks out when I miss even one aspect of my normal routine, so I totally feel you about being thrown off!

  • nicole simonetti

    Fruit smoothies are my go-to for a kickstart in the morning! x Nicole | http://www.thestyledrabbit.com

  • nicole simonetti

    Fruit smoothies are my go-to for a kickstart in the morning! x Nicole | http://www.thestyledrabbit.com

  • Allison Ellzey

    Great tips!