Little Miss Lemony Sunshine

lemony sunshine

I have never been what you’d call a morning person. All through my school years I had to be dragged kicking and screaming to make it to the bus on time. In college I avoided morning classes like the plague. And as soon as I can swing it on a job, I migrate to a mid-morning start time. Like, 10:00 AM.

I am Queen of the Snooze Button. One time. Two times. Sometimes even three times I’ll hit it and fall instantly back into a heavy, dream filled sleep.

Until recently.

In what seemed to be a cruel twist of fate, last month I took a morning person job. I’d been warned going in. It was the best job I’d been offered in all other respects – good pay, reasonable expectations, a good match to my skill set, nice people. But I have conference calls as early as 6:00 AM. Every. Single. Day.

For the first few weeks this was torture. Dragging myself out of bed. Splashing cold water on my face. Stumbling downstairs to my desk. Turning on my PC. Making some green tea. Day after day, trying to turn my brain on in time for the call.

Somewhere around three weeks in I decided to cut back on caffeine.Even green tea. It was taking more and more each day just to get going. I needed to reset.

Someone—make that everyone—suggested hot water with lemon. And when I say everyone I mean everyone with an opinion about living healthy in the media. Martha Stewart talked about it on Dr. Oz. Gwyneth Paltrow wrote about it on Goop. It was on and You get the idea.

Hot water with lemon is a natural detox. It cleanses your liver and gallbladder, purging toxins and helping you process fat more easily. It provides a nice burst of vitamin C, chasing away icky cold germs. And it – ahem – moves things along in your digestive system, which is oh so helpful after a bit of indulging.

But what I didn’t expect is that it’s turning me into a morning person. Something about it, maybe the vitamin C, gives me a natural burst of energy—and a surprisingly pleasant disposition. Even a 7:00 am. (Not at 6:00 AM. I mean, come on.)

I am even starting to wake up *before* my alarm. It’s, well, alarming. I mean, who am I?

Give it a try. It is super easy. Just boil some filtered water, squeeze the juice of ½ lemon into your mug, and pour the hot water over it. Sip it throughout your morning, before you’ve eaten anything. That’s all there is to it.

Maybe you’ll become a morning person too!  Or, at least, a little less crabby in the mornings.

Hey, that’s a win, right?