One of my favorite things is coffee. I love coffee with a passion. And I am not one of those people who pretends to like coffee but instead have have milk or cream with some coffee. I take it completely plain, black as night, nothing added to it at all.
I have never quite been as bad as needing coffee in the morning first thing before I talk to anyone, I would even skip some days. But I could tell if I did.
I usually go into books about changing you lifestyle, diet, workout plan etc with a lot of skepticism. Most of those books are just a rehashing of things you can find easily on the internet and they only have half truths behind them.
The 1st chapter has been a game changer already.
Instead of shoving coffee down your throat and standing in a hot shower very sleepily he says it is better to drink water, get sunlight or blue light, and to move.
From the book:
"There is a solution to all that: a three-part formula that involves a simple morning mineral cocktail for hydration and adds a little bit of sunlight and a little bit of movement to reset your internal clock, taking you from getting owned to owning it within the first twenty minutes of your day. I’ve tested it, the athletes and high performers I work with have confirmed it, and clinical research has proven it: hydration and circadian balance are the essential ingredients to the consistent perfect wake-up."
So far I have mostly implemented the morning mineral cocktail. I knew I was dehydrated in the mornings, I had heard it many times before, it is one of the things that Kelly Starrett talks about. But, I have never done anything about it.
Today is my third day trying this new thing in my life an I haven’t done it perfectly yet it has still helped. First 2 days I used the sea salt grinder to put some sea salt in water and stir it up. I didn’t use any lemon juice as he recommends. And this morning I did it slightly more properly, I weighed out some fine ground sea salt (3g for the recipe) and then put in a dash of lemon juice (he recommends an actual 1/4 lemon slice).
I am just an N of 1 and these 3 days don’t prove a theory but I feel really good after doing this. I have naturally woken up at 6am on a Saturday and Sunday ready to get up and excited to drink the water. This is a little unusual for me, I do tend to be an early riser, but I’m not usually excited to face the day and I can totally sleep in until 9am or so if I wanted to.
This has made working out much easier. I can take my time in the mornings, work on the computer for a bit, before I go to Crossfit around 8-8:30. I am much less rushed an get a better workout in that way.
Here is his full recipe:
Morning Mineral Cocktail
- 12 ounces filtered water
- 3 grams sea salt
- 1/4 lemon, squeezed
Marcus, Aubrey. Own the Day, Own Your Life: Optimized Practices for Waking, Working, Learning, Eating, Training, Playing, Sleeping, and Sex (p. 11). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.