A Morning In Her Shoes – Renee Leonard-Stainton

Introducing the new blog series,

A morning in her shoes…

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…Did they eat 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.

Starting off this week, we have the beautiful Renee from Renee Naturally.

Renee is a Mama of two cuties, is a well-known naturopath, blogger, writer and presenter of all things natural (throughout NZ and overseas). She is a glowing example of a lady who’s healthy inside and out. Find out how she starts her days…

Tell us what your morning looks like as you roll out of bed…what
habits or rituals do you have that keep you on top and in the game?

I roll out of bed to general chaos as I have a baby and toddler and everyone wants Mumma before my feet have even hit the floor! To keep me on top of my game I’ve been placing more of a focus than usual on my mental well-being.
The one habit I hold onto dearly in this really busy period of my life is tuning into my self-talk. I really try to see the positive in all situations and everyday wake up and make a concious decision to feel really grateful which sets me up in good stead for a good day!   I also religiously take a small selection of supplements everyday. They change frequently depending on where I feel my body needs a little more TLC.  At the moment, I’m taking a multi, evening primrose oil, probiotics, Co Q10 and magnesium powder.

What do you Drink?

I drink herbal tea throughout the day but I love one good old-fashioned english breakfast tea with manuka honey in the morning to get me started. I’ll often follow this up with superfood smoothie that I’ve made for the family.

What do you Eat?

I mix up my breakfast all of the time. It can range from free-range eggs on gluten-free toast with avocado and dukkah (current fave!) to an acai bowl or homemade granola and organic yogurt. On the weekends, my husband and toddler usually make me gluten-free crepes. I’m usually starving by the time they’re finally served, but they’re worth the wait and I love the ritual.

How do you Move?

I love yoga and walking and try to fit these into my day wherever I can. My all-time fave way to move is simply walking in nature, whether that be on the beach, through the bush or just through tree-lined suburbia. I generally don’t listen to music when I exercise as I like to listen to the waves, birds or silence around me.

Do you have a practice of stillness or quiet?

I try to incorporate stillness and quietness into my daily activities rather than carving out special time for it. For example, I’ve gone totally Nanna on it and listen to classical music when I’m driving and it instantly makes me slow down, breathe and focus on my thoughts rather than the ‘to-do’s’ in my head.

Can you share your favourite go-to morning breakfast recipe?

Cacao & Almond Smoothie


~ 1 tablespoon of cacao powder

~ 1 tablespoon of chia seeds

~ 1 frozen banana

~ 2 medjool dates

~ 1 tablespoon of almond butter

~ 1.5 cups of unsweetened almond milk

How to:

Blend in high-power blender and top with cacao nibs for a bit of crunch factor!

Enjoy x

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