<div> <div style="height: 20px; overflow: hidden;"></div> <div id="557558942704589642-gallery" class="imageGallery" style="line-height: 0px; padding: 0; margin: 0"> <div id="557558942704589642-imageContainer0" style="float:left;width:49.95%;margin:0;"><div id="557558942704589642-insideImageContainer0" style="position:relative;margin:5px;"><div class="galleryImageHolder" style="position:relative; width:100%; padding:0 0 75%;overflow:hidden;"><div class="galleryInnerImageHolder"><a href="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/lemon-water_orig.jpg" rel="lightbox[gallery557558942704589642]" onclick="if (!window.lightboxLoaded) return false"><img src="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/lemon-water.jpg" class="galleryImage" _width="400" _height="300" style="position:absolute;border:0;width:100%;top:0%;left:0%"></a></div></div></div></div> <div id="557558942704589642-imageContainer1" style="float:left;width:49.95%;margin:0;"><div id="557558942704589642-insideImageContainer1" style="position:relative;margin:5px;"><div class="galleryImageHolder" style="position:relative; width:100%; padding:0 0 75%;overflow:hidden;"><div class="galleryInnerImageHolder"><a href="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/gym_2_orig.jpg" rel="lightbox[gallery557558942704589642]" onclick="if (!window.lightboxLoaded) return false"><img src="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/gym_2.jpg" class="galleryImage" _width="206" _height="257" style="position:absolute;border:0;width:100%;top:-33.17%;left:0%"></a></div></div></div></div> <span style="display: block; clear: both; height: 0px; overflow: hidden;"></span> </div> <div style="height: 20px; overflow: hidden;"></div> </div> <div class="paragraph">Mornings are the best time of day to set yourself up for success. For me, I define a successful day by two things: how I felt + my productivity level. And those two things are directly correlated. <br><br>When your body is running like a well oiled machine, weight loss will naturally happen if it needs to. However, when the liver, immune system, and digestion system get overwhelmed, things start looking quite ugly with our health. <br><br>Unfortunately we often cannot eliminate things like processed foods, lack of sleep, stress, and environmental toxins that tax our liver, but, we can support the body and keep is running smooth despite those things. <br><br>So, what are 3 morning habits that can help keep the body running it's best?<br><br><strong>1. Drink luke-warm lemon water. </strong><br><br>Drink it before you eat as it helps stimulate the gall bladder to release bile which helps burn and regulate fat + stimulate digestion. Lemon itself is also very detoxifying and cleansing to the body. <br><br><strong>2. Let your digestive system rest. </strong><br><br>Americans often spend the majority of their waking hours eating. The problem is you do not give your body time to <u>heal, burn fat, and digest</u> when you are always eating. Your body is either burning fat or digesting food, it <em>can't</em> do both.  <br><br>I suggest making your morning a time of productivity instead of trying to cram in another meal as you have the most energy and mental focus in the earlier hours of the day. <br><br>Try to eat within an 8-10 hour window each day with a 16-18 hour fasting period. I personally like a 12-8pm feeding window as it frees us my mornings for productivity (blog, work on client programs, take kids to school, hike, run errands, do a short sprint workout) and then I eat my normal amount of calories from 12-8 giving me a couple of hours between my last meal and bedtime.  <br><br><strong>3. Spend 10 minutes reading an inspiration book. </strong><br><br>Truly, if you don't have the right mindset for your day, your choices will more than likely not be the best. I always tell my clients that weight loss comes from the inside out, not the other way around. <br><br>I'm currently reading <a target="_blank" href="https://www.amazon.com/Habits-Highly-Effective-People-Powerful/dp/0743269519"><font color="#8d2424">this book</font> </a>and loving it's principles. It really does make a difference to spend time filling up your tank each day. </div>