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There's a lot to be said for daily routines- the ones that make life easier for you or have some other payoff. Sometimes, though, routines can be a rut that you can get stuck in and that you most likely aren't even aware you are stuck. A good routine is like a building block for effective and healthy living. Here's a good morning routine to get off to a great start for the day:

-do a morning coconut oil pull
-apply morning facial cream
-prepare a healthy oatmeal breakfast

Coconut Oil Pull

A coconut oil pull is an effective and easy method of oral hygiene that can rid the body of toxins that harbor in the mouth. Coconut oil pulling is an ancient Ayuervedic practice of swishing oil in the mouth for 10-20 minutes first thing in the morning. It's even claimed to whiten teeth and freshen breath and prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

What you'll need:
A tablespoon of oil...that's it!

Swish a tablespoon of oil in your mouth and through your teeth for 15-20 minutes and spit out.
Rinse mouth with fresh water.
Be sure to spit out in the trash and not your sink as the oil can accumulate and clog your drain.


Cleanse and Moisturize Your Face

Use your favorite cleanser for your skin type. Apply a masque regularly, for penetrating deeply below the surface skin. As with the cleanser, choose an appropriate masque for your skin type. Clay masques are very effective at drawing out impurities, but may be too drying for some skin types. Colloidal oatmeal makes a wonderful soothing masque also. Consult with an aesthetician or beauty specialist. Moisturize with a product that has natural ingredients that are known to be beneficial to skin, like Islands Harvest made with aloe vera, coconut oil, almond oil.


Make a healthy oatmeal breakfast

Gone are the days of having to eat gloopy, dull, wet cardboard oatmeal!
The most nutrition is packed into the kernel of the grain. Steel cut oats have the kernel intact. Get a quick version of steel cut oats in the bulk section of your local health food store or try Coach's Oats from Costco.

Boil water, add oats, simmer and cook until oatmeal is soft.
For added fiber add chia seeds and flax seeds to the boiling water.

For added protein, top with toasted almonds and pumpkin seeds as a topping.
Top with sliced banana or diced apple.
Pour a tablespoon of coconut milk on top.
Yummy!

But even healthy routines need tweaking sometimes, just like you wouldn't do the same sets of exercises in the gym day after day, or the same routine month after month. Trainers say to vary your workout about every 3 months so your muscles (and mind) don't get habituated and bored. So change the topping on your oatmeal to fresh blueberries or strawberries or papaya to go with the change in seasons. Get out and hike in the fresh spring air instead of staying in the gym. Enjoy the flexibility of creating your life YOUR WAY!

There's a lot to be said for daily routines- the ones that make life easier for you or have some other payoff. Sometimes, though, routines can be a rut that you can get stuck in and that you most likely aren't even aware you are stuck. A good routine is like a building block for effective and healthy living. Here's a good morning routine to get off to a great start for the day:

-do a morning coconut oil pull
-apply morning facial cream
-prepare a healthy oatmeal breakfast

Coconut Oil Pull

A coconut oil pull is an effective and easy method of oral hygiene that can rid the body of toxins that harbor in the mouth. Coconut oil pulling is an ancient Ayuervedic practice of swishing oil in the mouth for 10-20 minutes first thing in the morning. It's even claimed to whiten teeth and freshen breath and prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

What you'll need:
A tablespoon of oil...that's it!

Swish a tablespoon of oil in your mouth and through your teeth for 15-20 minutes and spit out.
Rinse mouth with fresh water.
Be sure to spit out in the trash and not your sink as the oil can accumulate and clog your drain.


Cleanse and Moisturize Your Face

Use your favorite cleanser for your skin type. Apply a masque regularly, for penetrating deeply below the surface skin. As with the cleanser, choose an appropriate masque for your skin type. Clay masques are very effective at drawing out impurities, but may be too drying for some skin types. Colloidal oatmeal makes a wonderful soothing masque also. Consult with an aesthetician or beauty specialist. Moisturize with a product that has natural ingredients that are known to be beneficial to skin, like Islands Harvest made with aloe vera, coconut oil, almond oil.


Make a healthy oatmeal breakfast

Gone are the days of having to eat gloopy, dull, wet cardboard oatmeal!
The most nutrition is packed into the kernel of the grain. Steel cut oats have the kernel intact. Get a quick version of steel cut oats in the bulk section of your local health food store or try Coach's Oats from Costco.

Boil water, add oats, simmer and cook until oatmeal is soft.
For added fiber add chia seeds and flax seeds to the boiling water.

For added protein, top with toasted almonds and pumpkin seeds as a topping.
Top with sliced banana or diced apple.
Pour a tablespoon of coconut milk on top.
Yummy!

But even healthy routines need tweaking sometimes, just like you wouldn't do the same sets of exercises in the gym day after day, or the same routine month after month. Trainers say to vary your workout about every 3 months so your muscles (and mind) don't get habituated and bored. So change the topping on your oatmeal to fresh blueberries or strawberries or papaya to go with the change in seasons. Get out and hike in the fresh spring air instead of staying in the gym. Enjoy the flexibility of creating your life YOUR WAY!

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