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 us nosy, but we’ve always been curious about how other people spend their mornings before they arrive in the public eye, polished for their day.
We wonder, what did they eat for breakfast? Did they meditate? Did they stretch? Did they hit snooze? Did they have to only worry about themselves or a family…? So many curious questions!
Follow along as we step into the mornings of a wide range of successful ladies from all over and to uncover what habits put the spring in their morning step…
This week we chat to the beautiful Abbylee Childs, of the H+H Lifestyle blog.
Abbylee Bonny is just 29 and the “Mama to Master 2, Cassius Iluca”, Director of the H + H LIFESTYLE (the H’s stand for Health and Happiness), Yoga + Gratitude Teacher, Wellness Events + Retreats Creator.
“I love all things yoga, fitness, beach + sunshine! I could do with nothing more than to inspire + motivate people to live a life of health + happiness, with the understanding that this looks a bit different for each person.
H + H LIFESTYLE is based around lifestyle principles of whole foods, daily body movement, gratitude + mindfulness, self care, conscious consumption, connection (to self, others + nature) and contribution”.
Tell us, what does your morning look like as you roll out of bed…
I’m usually woken by Cas walking into our bed around 5am but luckily he’ll come in for cuddles and go back to sleep. He’ll wake properly between 6-7am. Unfortunately if I get up before him he’s action station too so I tend to doze in bed with him and enjoy the snuggles till he’s ready to wake.
What’s the first thing you drink?
I’m currently on a gut healing protocol with Twyla of Being Well
, so the first thing I drink is homemade organic chicken broth which I’ve pre made into soup with red miso, tamari sauce + apple cider vinegar – not your average and it’s taken a while to get used to but now I down it no worries. Before this routine though it was warm water and lemon/apple cider vinegar, or coffee – depending on how the night had gone with the baby.
What’s the first thing you eat?
Cas is obsessed with my protein pancakes at the moment so either them with butter + berries + coconut yoghurt or oat and chia porridge topped with cacao nibs, flaxseed oil, coconut and almond milk, that’s another one of his favourites.
How do you most like to move your body in the morning?
I’ll take a moment to fantasise for a moment, my ideal is train as soon as I wake, a sweaty hot yoga class or strength session while fasted or run at sunrise. This doesn’t actually happen these days though. My body movement session tends to happen at 9.15am after I’ve dropped Cas to daycare or kids club and I normally take a RPM/GRIT/Pump class with my Les Mills New Lynn fam – letting loose in SH’BAM is my new favourite!
How important is stillness or quiet space first thing?
Stillness?! I’ll get a moment or two if I wake before Cas but that’s a rarity. The stillness tends to come when Cas is eating breakfast – I swear that’s the only time he’s still and quiet. During this time I tend to sit with him (or do the dishes).
Describe your ultimate morning – no kids, no obligations…
Oh the absolute dream! I wake in Canggu, Bali! It’s straight down to the beach for pranayama + gratitude practices as the sun rises over the ocean. After a quick dip in the ocean I down an ice old whole coconut before enjoying either a yoga class at The Practice
or a Bali Fit session
with Coach Mariani
. Another swim, in the pool this time, before heading to The Shady Shack
to meet my partner, Vinnie, and Cas for a Greenpeace smoothie bowl or Cacao Dreams smoothie and long black with almond milk!
Please share your favourite breakfast recipe, what’s your go-to?
6 tablespoons Clean Lean Protein
4 tablespoons Almond Meal
1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
2 Eggs (or try using your fav egg substitute)
1/4 Water (maybe a little more, to create a cake-like batter)
Coconut Oil for cooking
Add coconut oil to the pan. Cook pancakes until bubbling then flip.
Makes around 8-10 small pancakes – they are surprisingly filling. Stack 4 high and serve with your topping!
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