When I wake up, I give myself some time to breathe in the new day, be mindful, and set positive intentions for a great day ahead. While this seems like it has nothing to do with food, I think of food as nourishment and this is a kind of mental nourishment that will set the tone for how I will respect my body during the day ahead.
I drink water first thing (usually warm water with freshly squeezed lemon juice to kick-start my digestive tract into working mode). Then, about an hour later, I have breakfast. My typical breakfast during the weekdays is a bowl of satisfying oatmeal. I cook the oats with water and once cooked, I stir in a tablespoon of coconut oil and let that melt in completely. I top this with unsweetened almond milk (or another plant milk I have on hand) and hemp seeds, walnuts and any other seeds I have around.
Very occasionally, I add fresh fruit (I prefer that later as a snack), and rarely, I add dried fruit—today I went all out because I was craving dried fig, and I don't like to deprive myself of small treats. I do, however, try to keep my breakfasts as low sugar as possible because it's the taste of something sweet on your tongue that sets your brain into an addictive motion. I'll often eat a savory breakfast, like a tofu scramble or avocado toast on home-baked sourdough.
After breakfast, I send the kids off and go for a walk or run with my dog around 9:30 a.m. When I come back I make myself a nice cup of green tea—unsweetened, of course—or a protein smoothie if I go for a strenuous short run. I rarely drink coffee because just like sugar, it's another stimulant that's best to consume in moderation.