Waking up early is my thing. I love it.
I don’t think anyone is naturally a morning person. You become a morning person by realizing all of the benefits of waking up early.
There is literally nothing worse than waking up to the sound of my son in his crib ready to start the day. Why? Because there are a few things I need to do before he starts his day, and if we wake up at the same time, I instantly feel overwhelmed!
Waking up early virtually guarantees a better day. It means I get to have a cup of coffee, walk out on the deck, and enjoy a few moments to myself. On weekdays, it means I can get into work early and not have to stay so late. On the weekend, it means I get to go for a morning run and not to have to spend the rest of my day thinking about when I can fit a workout in. It means I can get laundry folded before my son wakes up. It means I can get my “chores” done so I can spend time with my family and enjoy the rest of the day.
Having a productive morning leads to a more relaxing and a less rushed afternoon and evening. Just like eating healthy and exercising become habits if you do them enough, waking up early becomes a habit too. It gets easier the more you do it.
To wake up early though, before you absolutely have to, you have to have some sort of motivation, something to look forward to, that will get you out of bed. Something you can get excited about, and for me, that’s my morning coffee.
My husband has been on the Bulletproof Coffee wagon for years, and I thought he was crazy when I saw him putting butter in his coffee. Drinking butter?!?! Are you kidding? How can that taste good? Are you trying to get fat?
But when I researched it more, I decided I wanted to try it out for myself. Healthy fats are good for you. They can help to keep you feel full longer and have more energy. Not to mention, it actually tastes really good. After drinking coffee with butter and coconut oil every morning for a month, I was able to successfully lose the last 5 stubborn baby weight pounds I could not get to budge. Now, a cup of coffee blended together with a tablespoon of Kerrygold Pure Irish Unsalted Butter and a couple teaspoons of coconut oil begins every morning for me.
You can adjust the amounts of the butter and oil to your own preference. My husband uses more coconut oil than I do, and I use more butter than him. (Note: the original “Bulletproof Coffee” recipe uses MCT oil or Brain Octane oil which I use sometimes, but coconut oil has many positive benefits for the body as well and is a nice substitute). Blend these three ingredients together for frothy morning goodness.
*I’ve tried this using a Keurig, and I feel like the coffee just isn’t strong enough when I do this. I normally use my drip coffee pot and make it a bit stronger than usual.