My Perfect Morning Routine: Part I

First sunrise of 2014 in Melbourne. Photo by Steve Davidson via
First sunrise of 2014 in Melbourne. Photo by Steve Davidson via

I’m writing this post in the hope that making it public will ensure I do all of this every morning. I certainly feel better when I do, but I have been a bit slack recently, choosing to stay in bed another half hour rather than doing the exercise and meditation component.

Lemon juice in hot water

I squeeze lemons into ice cube trays when I can get them free from a friend’s tree or cheap at the market. I then pop a lemon ice cube in with some hot water from the kettle to drink first thing in the morning. Lemon juice is an alkaliser, freshens breath, is high in Vitamin C and antioxidants and detoxifies the liver.


Since moving house in March I haven’t joined a new gym. Instead I have a simple exercise routine I can do in 10 minutes each day to build up my core strength. It’s not aerobic, so I really should also do some vigourous exercise three times a week, but I usually don’t. It goes like this:

  1. One minute of planking on my elbows
  2. 40 squats
  3. One minute planking on my left side
  4. 30 squats
  5. One minute planking on my right side
  6. 30 quats
  7. One minute of push-ups
  8. Gluteus maximus stretches 10 seconds each side (added 10 July)


Mindful meditation can change the brain structure in many positive ways. There’s a range of short, free guided meditations available online that take between five and twenty minutes. I like these and these.


Fortunately I do not have coeliac disease or a gluten intolerance because I have been eating Vita Brits for breakfast just about every day of my life. These days I add chia seeds, LSA mix (a combination of ground linseed, sesame and almond) and psyllium husks for added fibre and Omega 3 fatty acids. I then top this with yoghurt and fruit if I have any in the fridge.

Teeth cleaning

Yes, I have started making my own toothpaste and I have bought a bamboo toothbrush. There are a few reasons for this, but the most interesting one is because of a scuba diving holiday I took to an island in the Indian Ocean. Washed up on remote, uninhabited beaches was plastic waste in the form of plastic bottles, thongs, toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and other stuff.

I use a recipe I found on the blog Trash is for Tossers but actress Shailene Woodley from the films The Descendants, The Fault In Our Stars and the Divergent series adds edible clay to hers as well.

  1. Find or buy a small glass jar (I bought these ones)
  2. Make sure it’s clean and hasn’t previously contained anything toxic.
    (To be extra sure you can sterilise jars in a 120 degree Celsius oven for 20 minutes)
  3. Add two parts organic coconut oil eg. two tablespoons
  4. Add one part bicarbonate of soda eg. one tablespoon
  5. Add organic, food grade peppermint oil to taste eg. 15-20 drops (I bought this one)
  6. Mix well with something like a chopstick
  7. To use, spoon a little on your toothbrush – don’t dip the toothbrush in
  8. Brush as usual – it may take a while to get used to the saltiness and it doesn’t foam like bought toothpaste

As this post was getting quite long, I’ve decided to break it into two parts. The next part will outline the natural beauty products I choose to use.

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2 thoughts on “My Perfect Morning Routine: Part I”

  1. Jamie

    Hi Janene

    I really like the idea of making my own toothpaste. Thanks for the recipe!
    Re morning routines, I am always full of good intentions but have yet to make a habit of regular morning exercise – especially core-strength stuff. When I can, I love to go for a brisk morning walk. It really clears my mind and prepares me for the day ahead.

    Jamie : )

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