Are you missing this in your morning?

Over the next few weeks I'm going to be sharing some of my core healthy living principles with you. These are the recommendations that I start on with ALL of my one-on-one coaching clients, so you can think of these next few weekly Monday blog posts like you are starting your own coaching program with me! Cool!

Wherever you are at, these suggestions will be relevant, and if you've heard them before, that's okay! Likely you need the reminder - I know I always do!

Coaching tip #1: Start your day with a GIANT glass of water.

Every morning before I get out of bed, I drink a BIG ol' glass of water. It get things moving digestion wise and immediately energizes me. 

Staying hydrated is essential for every part of your body to function optimally. On the flip side, de-hydration is the cause of so many issues: constipation, sluggish metabolism, low energy, headaches, dry skin, irritability, sugar cravings, trouble sleeping, muscle cramps and fatigue... the list goes on. 

If I could teach everyone in the world just ONE thing to improve their health it would be to DRINK MORE WATER!  

Yup, it's that important. AND the best part is that it's so SIMPLE. 

I can hear many of you already "But Emily, I just don't love water. Is it okay if I drink tea instead?"

Well yes, and no. Beverages like tea, coconut water and kombucha are great, but most of what you drink should be straight up H20.

Water doesn't have to be plain or boring! Lately I've been loving lemon slices (or a few drops of doTERRA lemon essential oil) in my water. Adding fruit or fresh herbs is a great way to make your water more tasty and exciting. 

So here's your homework assignment for this week: start your day with a BIG glass of water (I use these mason jars). Drink your water before your coffee or matcha or tea. Just DO IT!! And then let me know how you feel. My clients see a HUGE shift in energy, mood + cravings almost immediately from making this one simple change. 

Do you drink water in the morning? How do you notice it effects your energy, mood, or cravings? Let me know in the comments below!

Cooling Cucumber Mint Spa Water

Wake your body up with this delicious spa water. Cucumber is hydrating and a natural diuretic (which means it helps flush toxins out of your system). Mint is calming and cooling, and the scent alone will boost your energy levels. Sea salt helps replenish electrolytes which are essential for proper muscle recovery.

Cooling Cucumber Mint Spa Water // vegan, gluten free, raw

Ingredients:

- 24 oz water

- 1 Persian cucumber, washed and sliced

- 5 mint leaves

- Dash high quality sea salt

Instructions:

1. Add all ingredients to a large mason jar or water bottle. This is best if you let it sit for a while - I love to make a big jar of this at night and keep it in the fridge to enjoy right when I wake up in the morning. 

Detox with Water - Hydration Tips for the New Year

Your blood, brain, bones, and muscles are mostly made of water. Plenty of water is crucial for the cells to function at their optimal levels and for your body to perform its natural detox function [yup, you can detox just by drinking water. score!]  

Here are a few easy ways to increase hydration:

  1. Drink More Water - Drink a BIG glass of water right when you wake up. This will jumpstart your body's systems and get you going, naturally. Herbal tea and kombucha are other great options. 

    1. Amp up the flavor! Not a huge water fan? Try adding fresh fruit (I love citrus and berries) and fresh herbs (like mint!) to your bottle - it's natural vitamin water!

    2. Fill it up and drink it down!  Carry a bottle with you wherever you go, especially when traveling.  

  2. Eat Water Rich Foods - Leafy greens, celery, and juicy fruits like apples and grapes are filled with H2O. 

  3. Avoid drying foods - Caffeine, soda, alcohol, and fried foods dry you out!  Steer clear of these as much as you can, and if you do have them, make sure to drink extra water to re-hydrate!

  4. Moisturize! Did you know that the skin is the body's largest organ? Hot yoga can really dry you out so make sure you are moisturizing properly. I love to use coconut oil instead of lotion (tip: try putting it on before you get in the shower - your skin will better absorb it this way and you won’t feel “oily” afterwards).

How do you stay hydrated through the dryness of winter? Let me know in the comments below!