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 with the super inspiring Buffy Ellen of Be Good Organics…
Hi there, I’m Buffy Ellen, I’m 32 years young (!), and am the founder of Be Good Organics – a plant-based whole foods recipe blog and online store. I’m also a perennial student, so am currently back at University completing a Bachelor of Nutrition and Naturopathy – it’s so complimentary to my work with Be Good Organics, and I am just loving expanding my knowledge more in the area of nutrition and natural health.
Tell us, what does your morning look like as you roll out of bed.
Mila wakes me up – “Mummy Mummy Mummy!” Lucky enough to have amazing partner who retrieves her from cot and brings to our bed. Breastfeeding time (she’s 19 months and we’re still going, aiming for 2 at this stage = the current World Health Organisation recommendation). Cuddles. Laughs. She takes major delight in pulling my ear plugs out (absolute necessity for sleep-maintenance with a babe on board).
Make bed together (she’s a budding interior designer already it seems, and loves to put all the cushions back on the bed in their exact places). Nappy change. Try to encourage Mila to go to the potty. She declines, sadly (the end of washing nappies surely is near!). Roll into the car, me in my gym gear most often, Mila in her preschool gears (= hand me downs, ready for major preschool-paint spillage!). Drive to preschool. Sing together in the car on the way – ABC’s are a current fav. Drop at preschool. Me to gym, or to lectures, then off to meetings and work. That’s us – our first two hours done!
What’s the first thing you drink?
Water. Always. On the weekends, we have a different routine, so I’ll head down to the kitchen for a hot cup of tea – english breakfast with soy milk (fairtrade organic tea with organic soy milk – don’t try putting almond milk in my beloved english breakfast – it’s just wrong!).
What’s the first thing you eat?
Depends! Every day’s different.
In lectures – fruit salad with my Coconut Cashew Chia Cream topped with buckwheat cereal or granola Or a variation on this delicious Chia Bircher Muesli, which I’ve been eating for 10 years+ and it still never tires!
On the run – a green smoothie from a café – very similar to this one.
Weekends – either out for brunch – 5 grain toast, avo, mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach – or some variation + a ¼ strength soy latte extra hot please, plus a date scone to share afterwards. Or if it’s raining, one of my favourite baking recipes made at home (see below) with a big cup of milky tea.
What’s your favourite way to move your body in the morning?
Week – the gym – it’s easy, convenient, and nicely packaged in 1 hour sessions at 9am, which means I can fairly reliably fit it into my schedule – yoga, pilates, arms, abs, stretch – whatever’s going!
Weekends – always, a walk with Tony and Mila – in the stroller or with her in the front pack (although she’s getting heavy now 10kg+!). I LOVE our weekends walks, my favourite time of the week. Time to relax, reboot, re-energise and catch up over the week’s happenings.
How important is stillness or quiet space first thing?
I’d love to have it, but normally the loving call of Mila’s voice is the first thing I wake to these days! That’s ok, she’s amazing. I love it. I do however like to create stillness amongst that by never checking my phone in the morning. Texts/whatsapps yes, depending on what I’m up to, but emails never. Not til after gym/walk and personal time. That’s my stillness.
I also lie in bed before I get up and think of three things I’m grateful for, every morning. Gratitude plus tech-free time is such a lovely way to start your day (if you’re someone who checks their phone first thing whilst still in bed, especially social media and emails, I highly recommend stopping and trying the above strategy instead! Will make you feel amazing).
Describe your ultimate morning – no kids, no obligations…?
Hmm – I’m going to have to think hard on this one, it’s not yet happened post Mil! (but I am awaiting eagerly the first time she stays over with grandma so we can try this). Ok here goes…
Wake up in huge antique bed with four posts and loads of pillows, at a cute bed and breakfast in nature, with green trees everywhere, birds singing, with the sounds of a lake, waterfall or sea nearby. Roll over, snuggles with Tony. Think about three things I’m grateful for (of course). Get up. Full body stretch. A few yoga poses and asanas on the deck in the morning sun just rising (nothing too hard core, just a good way to stretch my muscles and breath in the fresh country air). Hot shower. Massage? (come on, you said ultimate!). Breakfast for two on the deck in the sun. Fresh fruit, coconut yoghurt, homemade muesli, freshly torn mint, freshly baked grainy sourdough (my recipe here actually is my favourite), avocado, tomato, spinach, mushrooms, freshly baked wholemeal date scones, bottomless cups of english breakfast tea with soy milk (can my stomach fit all this? If so yes!). Then… a lovely hour long walk along the beach hand in hand. Then Mila would get dropped off and we play in the sand and go for a swim (oh, in my dream it’s summer by the way!).
Please share your favourite breakfast recipe…what’s your go-to?
Ooh yes. Here are some of my top current picks:
Fruit Salad with Coconut Cashew Chia Cream and Fresh Mint/Granola
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