It’s been said time and time again that attaining a morning ritual or taking solo time before the pressures of the day begin, can truly help success, productivity and happiness.
Call me nosy, but i’ve always been curious about how other people spend their mornings before they arrive in the public eye polished for their day.
I wonder, how did their day start…have they eaten breakfast yet? Did they meditate? Did they already run 8km? Find out…
We will be asking a range of successful ladies from all over to find out what habits put the spring in their morning step.
This week we have the gorgeous Renee Sexton
Renee is a Nutritionist, Health Coach, Blogger, Model & Wellness Enthusiast living in Auckland City…
Tell us, what does `your morning look like as you roll out of bed… what habits or rising rituals do you have that keep you on top and in the game?
I would love to be able to say that every morning I get out of bed at the same time and sit quietly while sipping on lemon water, but that’s just not the case.
Due to my modelling and also my nutrition business, which can both change every week, each morning for me is a little different.
I try to wake at 6.30am every morning (sometimes the snooze buttons wins) and make a cup of tea and have my breakfast.
I like to alternate my mornings.
Some mornings I will be on the beach walking where as other mornings I will just sit and relax with my breakfast before checking emails.
I’m definitely working on my morning routine this year, but I don’t like to have anything set in stone, I prefer to wake and see how I feel. I’m definitely all about listening to the body and using that to guide me for my morning and day.
What do you drink?
As I have often mentioned I LOVE my cup of tea. So I’ll start with either an organic English breakfast tea with some fresh almond milk or a Matcha Latte, a beautiful mug of organic coffee with once again almond milk, or if I’m feeling like a need something light, I’ll sip of lemon water (though its normally followed by something caffeinated…. I’m only human after all).
I’ll then blitz in my Vitamix a big green smoothie full of either water or almond milk, a big handful of spinach, some kale, chia seeds, ginger, mint, lemon, nut butter, 1 banana and some maca powder. This is my favourite green smoothie which always makes me feel incredible and ready to tackle the day.
What do you eat?
That really depends on my day. If I’m seeing clients then I normally have a bowl of fresh fruit and one piece of avocado toast ( my vice when it comes to breakfast) and then I will save my green smoothie to drink in-between clients to fuel me for the day.
If I’m modelling I will then make an extra large green smoothie and drink it either on my way to the job or while I’m getting my makeup done. I will then also pack a jar filled with either Bircher muesli (recipe below) or a layer of coconut yogurt (Raglan is my favourite), fresh fruit and nuts and seeds to eat when I get hungry. I’m all about being prepared and bringing your own food.
How do you move?
I’m definitely a morning exerciser. I love going for beach walks in Takapuna, walking up the road to Peak Pilates (which I go to 3-4 times a week) or I workout in the home gym and do a mixture of cardio and weights. It really once again depends on my mood and the amount of time I have set aside for exercise.
I feel my best when I fit in a workout most days so I make this a priority and get up a little bit earlier if I’m pushed for time.
Do you have a practice of stillness or quiet?
I love to read. If I’m feeling overwhelmed or my thoughts are scattered, I like to sit in a sunny spot in my house, make a warm cup of tea and read a book. I’m loving at the moment inspirational books about women and pursuing your dreams. Girl power all the way!!
Can you share your favourite go-to morning breakfast recipe?
To me this is the first recipe that really got me into healthy food and feeling the benefits of starting your day off with a bowl full of goodness. This is my Bircher Muesli recipe which I love to make each week and pile high with fruit, nuts and seeds and superfoods. You’re going to love it.
Bircher Muesli Recipe:
This makes enough for a few days. I always make a large batch and store it for the working week as my breakfast.
1 cup of oats
½ cup of coconut flakes
2 tbsp of chia seeds
½ cup of nuts and seeds chopped roughly ( I love macadamia, almonds and walnuts)
½ cup of dried fruit chopped roughly
1 tbsp of cinnamon
½ tsp of cardamom
1. Place all the ingredients in a bowl or container and mix well
2. Cover with water. I make sure there is enough water to completely cover everything but not too much that there’s a large water layer over the top. You can also soak it in nut milk for a creamier texture.
3. Stir well and place in the fridge overnight
To serve: Cold
1. Scoop out 1 large spoonful. Place in a bowl
2. Add 2 tbsp of coconut yogurt, ½ grated green apple, ½ organic lemon and stir well
3. Serve with fruit, sliced almonds, bee pollen, and a drizzle of maple syrup
To serve: Warm
1. Scoop out a large spoonful into a saucepan
2. Mix with ½ cup of nut milk and stir on a low heat until cooked through 3-4 minutes
3. Serve with fruit, coconut yogurt, bee pollen and a drizzle of maple syrup
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