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’re lucky enough to have the gorgeous Jessica Quinn.
Image credit – Jono Parker
Jess Quinn is one super inspiring lady and a role model for many young kiwis & people worldwide. If you don’t follow her already, get on it!
Today, we get to find out just how her mornings shape the rest of her day.
She is an advocate of a healthy & active lifestyle, filled with with positive thoughts & inspiration – Enjoy!
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?
My weekends and weekdays are very different, on the weekdays I’m up at 5am for training, this means I need to be really organised the night before with my gym bag, breakfast & lunch all packed. After the gym I get my morning coffee & head to work where I have breakfast. I feel amazing on the days I train early, theres something about being awake before the rest of the world that is so peaceful!
I also work ALOT better once I’ve had my morning adrenaline kick so this sets me up to smash whatever the day brings me!
On the weekends, I usually wake up pretty early and make myself a cup of tea as well as taking my morning supplements. Going out for breakfast is my favourite thing to do on the weekend, I’ll often go for a walk or to the gym in my own time, whatever my body feels like doing and then head for a late breakfast.
My goal this year it to slow things down a bit, concentrate on my mind and body by practicing yoga and mediation a few times a week. I would like to say every morning but I need to be realistic about it to achieve my goal.
What do you drink?
I have made it my mission to get myself into a good morning routine this year so upon rising I make myself a hot lemon with water, my great nan passed away at the age of 100 & for her whole life had a glass a lemon water every morning, she had the most beautiful skin so it inspired me to do the same.
I also have a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in water which I drink with my natural supplement regime, it’s a great way to look after your gut!
What do you eat?
Having always been really into nutrition I have tried and tested many different eating plans and have found a high fat low carb diet definitely suits me best, it is always a great way for me to manage my pain as having a low carb diet decreases the inflammation in my body.
My morning usually starts with eggs or proats (protein oats) which I eat at work after my morning workout.
How do you move?
I am a huge believer in listening to your body, I’ve been battling Chronic Pain for 2 years so I try not push myself too hard but I do find my day is a lot more productive when I’e exercised.
So on the mornings I’m feeling good, I’m at the gym at 5.30am with my best friend (I’m all about having fun while I workout). I alternate cardio and weight training and then in the evenings I’m ‘blade training’ at Flexa Studios for a couple of hours 3-4 nights a week.
Training has always been my outlet, I love to push my body and it is really important for my mobility that I am fit and strong!
Do you have a practice of stillness or quiet?
That has actually become one of my goals this year, I have a very busy mind, I find it really hard to switch off and simply relax but it is the one thing that really helps me with my Chronic Pain and Chronic Fatigue so I try, upon rising or before bed – have 10 minutes to myself to meditate.
I am trying to get myself into a routine of doing this everyday but it is definitely a work in progress. At the least, a tea in the evenings as I reflect on the day is my quiet time.
Can you share your favourite go-to morning breakfast recipe?
Kumara Crisp Omelette
– 1 Kumara, grated
– 1 tsp butter
– 3-5 egg whites
– Handful of spinach leaves
– 1 tsp Pesto
1) Heat butter in a small fry pan
2) Place grated kumara about 1cm thick in the base of the pan.
3) Leave for 5mins or so to cook through and crisp up
4) Meanwhile, whisk eggs & add on top of the Kumara once its heated through
5) Leave to cook as you would an omelette, add any vegetables, spinach & pesto
6) Flip omettele and cover to allow egg and veges to cook through, the grated Kumara will become a crispy shell for your omelette – YUM!
7) Serve & Enjoy
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