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How to Set the Mood For the Day

Here’s one of my most important health (and success) tips of all:

“Design and follow a strict morning routine to improve every aspect of your day”

Let me explain: it’s been found that people who had the most success in implementing a fitness program, releasing weight or accomplish great things (like writing a book) all had one thing in common:

-They Started the Day on the Right Foot-

What you do in the morning will influence every aspect of your day. If you exercise in the morning, you’ll feel more alert the rest of the day. If you eat a great raw, living meal in the morning, you’ll compare every other meal to that one. And so on and so forth.

But the key is… you actually have to *design* this morning schedule and practice it religiously until it becomes a *ritual* — so completely automatic.

As an example, here’s my current morning routine:

– 7:30 a.m. waking up, quick stretch, and I go outside to get sunshine in my eyes
- I drink 1/2 liter of water with lemon
- I practice the 5 tibetan rites (a yoga-like exercise), and a few other exercises for about 10 minutes
- Shower, shaving, dressing properly
- Breakfast of usually a raw smoothie
- Brushing teeth
- I go for a walk

The morning routine allows me to remember to do all of the things that are important to me in the morning in a systematic manner. Before that, it was completely random. I would wake up at different times every day, sometimes I would exercise, sometimes I would not. Sometimes I would forget to drink water, sometimes I would not…

Success in life and health is a lot about *consistency*.

In order to do that, you need *rituals* that are completely automatic. I will talk more about this in a future tip.

But for now, focus on designing on paper your ideal morning routine, and then follow it for the next 21 days. Make it realistic. After a few weeks, it will become completely automatic.

Also, one of the best *rituals* is your daily menu planning. If you haven’t done so, take a look at what’s available in my Raw Vegan Mentor Club. Every month, I will send you a complete raw food menu planner based on seasonal ingredients. We also make lots of exclusive information available to our members every month. For a test-drive subscription, click here.

Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude

Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.


Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.