Our days begin with a cocktail. But an unadulterated one of carrots, apples, celery and ginger, juiced to a delicious orange glass of joy. Those observant amongst you will notice the rather later hour than one might associate with leading such a pure life. But normally I am doing this an hour earlier. On either occasion, I am not up with the sparrows. If we're swimming or gym-ing in the morning this activity follows after drinking the juice, and then the remainder of breakfast, either mango or cereal, is consumed thereafter.
That itself is followed by the one and only cup of coffee. Vietnam produces some delightful varieties, and we stocked up on a few kilos of it whilst we were there, and is best when freshly ground. The coffee is good, but it would almost be worth buying it for the name of the shop alone, in the hope that it provided a boost to do just that. I can certainly attest to the fact that caffeine gives one an extra boost to taking exercise, when I have drunk it after lunch and prior to exercising in the afternoon.
But I digress. I cannot more highly recommend the benefits of making this combination of juice in the mornings. It is a bit of a pallaver, but I have the contents washed prior to going in the fridge, (it tastes so much better cold, and this is enhanced by having the glasses chilled in the freezer), and as I'm responsible for cutting up the ingredients and juicing, I am excused cleaning duty, which my partner does dilligently. But all this, however mundane, does provide a structure for the day, which along with exercise, I find an essential requirement to the success of "retirement".