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a classically trained chef taking holistic plant-based nutrition on a grand adventure through North America. When I’m not creating in our traveling kitchen, you can usually find me on my yoga mat or a hiking trail.

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Bringing mindfulness into our day is very important to our health and wellness.  Today, I am starting a new monthly series where we will discuss different habits you can add to your daily routine.  Dinacharya, the Ayurvedic tradition of daily routine is one of the best ways to establish a healthy life.  At first, it was my plan to give you five of my daily wellness routines at once but I have found the best way to add these into your day is one at a time.  So we will start with a simple yet very important one.

Drink water upon waking up.

It is pretty much as easy as that.  There are a couple guidelines I hope you will follow but it is still pretty darn simple.  One of the best ways to do this (and help turn this into a habit) is to fill up an extra glass of water (about 16 oz.) and put it on your nightstand.  When you wake up, drink it.  You could also drink warm water and add up to half a squeezed lemon.  Just make sure the water is no cooler than room temperature, as that will freeze up your system instead of getting things flowing as explained below.

This is one of the best ways to hydrate after (hopefully) 8 hours of sleep.  It gets your digestive system up and running for the day, it helps your bowels start moving and pretty much everything in your body gets the benefit of a quick rehydration first thing in the morning. 

Staying hydrated even keeps your metabolism and hunger in check.  When your body is properly hydrated, you have less cravings and don't tend to overeat.  Not only are your organs happy but your waistline with thank you too.  As this flushes toxins out of your body, it helps keep your skin clear and hydrated as well.  Sounds like a win-win-win to me!

This week my challenge to you is to start your morning with a big glass of water before you do anything else.  Help bounce back from the dehydration that sets in after a night of sleep.  Don't stop here; keep the water flowing the rest of the day.  Typically, you want to drink half your weight in ounces (i.e. a 150 lb. person should be drinking around 75 oz. of water daily).

Over the next month commit to making this part of your daily routine.  I would love to hear any of the benefits you are experiencing!  Come back to this post and leave a comment below!

Water is life,


Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it each day and at last we cannot break it.  -Horace Mann

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