It’s a new day! Let’s start out fresh and clean – inside and out!!
I’d like to share with you how I start my day. God gives us a fresh start each morning. If we think about it, most days we fill our bodies with things that are not good for us. We eat foods that are not the healthiest and we take in through our eyes and minds things that are not edifying. The first thing I do in the morning is “detox”. Every day is a new beginning, so I like to start by cleansing my body and mind of all the junk from the day before, both spiritually and physically. I like to flush out the impurities and replace them with things that are beneficial to us.
The priority of our day should always be God and His word. When we put Him first, He will work everything else out. Matthew 8:28 says “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.” Our day should always begin with the LORD. Everybody’s situation is different, but I don’t generally study the bible, memorize scripture, or meditate on scripture first thing in the morning. I have a lot on my mind, thinking about everything I have to do that day so I am too distracted to concentrate on something I really need to sit and think about. I have tried and for me, it’s not the best time for that. Having said that, I always want to be in God’s word before I do anything else, so I read the Psalms and Proverbs. I have a method where I can read through the entire book of Psalms and the entire book of Proverbs every month. Refer to my blog post from August 2017 called “Psalms and Proverbs”.
I believe another area that we should be disciplined in is our eating. We should eat as healthy as possible in order to have the feeling of wellness and energy so that we can accomplish all we have to do in a day. It’s a different time than when I was growing up. It seems that everyone is stressed out, almost everyone has to go out to work, we’re juggling taking care of the house, paying the bills, raising children, homeschooling, serving in the church, going to school or helping the kids with their homework. Some have added responsibilities like caring for children with special needs, children with health issues, ailing parents or grandparents. All these tasks take a toll on us. We need to keep ourselves strong and fit, spiritually and physically.
As far as doing a little bit of cleansing of our bodies, a great and easy way to start each day is by drinking a tall glass of fresh, detox water. There are many variations, but my favorite is water with lemon, cucumbers, ginger, and mint. This combination is rich in nutrients including anti-inflammatories, vitamin C, magnesium, and fiber. It helps with digestion, lowers cholesterol and burns fat (I am not making any claims here about attaining a flat belly; I drink this every day and I still do not have a flat stomach). After doing this for a while, I definitely feel more energy during the day.
I actually make a large pitcher full the night before so it’s easy in the mornings to just pour a glass of water. If you don’t have time or forget to make it at night, no problem; you can make it in the morning. It only takes about an hour to infuse the water enough to benefit from it. I like to make my mornings as easy as possible. If I don’t prepare it the night before, I probably would not make it in the morning. I would see it as too much work, or taking too much time and would most likely not get to it in the morning. By keeping a pitcher full in the refrigerator, I continue to drink the water throughout the day.
The recipe for Detox Water is as follows:
1 quart distilled or purified water
1 2″ piece fresh ginger
1/3 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
Pour water into a pitcher.
Cut the lemon into thin slices. Especially since you’re putting the skins into the water, I would suggest buying organic lemons and washing them off. Add the lemon slices to the water. I don’t add the ends to the water; I squeeze the lemon juice from the ends in to the water.
Cut the cucumbers into thin slices. Throw the two ends out and add the slices to the water.
Peel the ginger and grate it into the water.
Add the mint leaves to the water.
The longer it sits, the more the fruit infuses into the water, and the greater the benefit.
If you prefer not to have fruit in your glass of water, pitchers are available like this one shown, where you place the fruit in a tube with holes in it. The water gets infused but when you pour the water, the fruit (and ice if you’d like) stays in the tube and doesn’t end up in your glass. Personally, I like the fruit in my glass, but when serving infused water to guests, I would use a pitcher or dispenser that prevents the fruit from coming out.