When I lived in Seattle, the home of Starbucks, I used to reach for a cup of strong coffee before my feet even touched the ground. Moving seemed impossible without a single tall skinny latte. Later, when I moved to Europe, I started my love affair with tea. I even made a thermos of green tea every night so that I didn’t have to get out of bed without it. Tea was the first thing that touched my lips every day. It became a ritual… then a form or meditation… then a way of life.
Next, I went through a smoothie stage, where I would make wonderful potions, including spinach, banana, avocado and ginger. Sure, there was a lot of grating and chopping involved, but, at least my first meal of the day was packed with vitamins.
Finally, after going through almost every other possible morning drink, I came across something simple and powerful that has changed the way that I feel – lemon juice. In many ways, lemons combine the best attributes of the other drinks that I have tried. Lemon juice mixed with warm water helps me to wake up. It gives me a boost of vitamins. It also gives me a pleasant, healthy ritual to follow.
Through all of my experimentation, I have discovered one thing – the first thing that you drink in the morning matters. It sets the tone for your whole day and has a strong influence on your energy level, mood and alertness.
If you are getting a bit tired of paying for tea or coffee every morning, why not give lemon juice a chance? It’s had a big impact on my life and it may just do the same for you.
What is your favourite morning drink? Are you a coffee or a tea drinker? Have you ever tried warm water and lemon in the morning? Did you notice a difference in your mood, energy and alertness? Please add your comments.