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 the snooze button? Did they only need to 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 Dr Catherine Stone, Founder of The Face Place in Britomart, budding author and all round major spiritual babe!
Dr Catherine Stone is an award-winning Cosmedicine doctor, and was the first doctor in Australasia to go full time specialising in Botox nearly 16 years ago. She is the founder of NZ’s first medical spa, The Face Place MedSpa, and had a starring role in the popular TV program ‘Ten Years Younger’. She is currently writing a book due in April, with the working title ‘Grow Younger and More Beautiful As You Age: A Guide’. She is passionate about the positive, often life-changing impact her work has on people, and believes in combining ‘science with soul’.
Tell us, what does your morning look like as you roll out of bed…?
My morning starts with a meditation in bed as soon as I wake up at around 5.30am – utilising the alpha brain waves, the ‘ideal meditation state’ that is still present in that zone between sleep and waking. My favourite guided meditation at the moment is Vishen Lakhiani’s ‘6 Phase Meditation’, although there are a lot of great morning meditations on the Omvana Meditation App that I use!
I usually meditate and focus on gratitude for about 20-40 minutes, then check my emails, social media, task list and bank accounts before getting out of bed, so that I start the day with a clear inbox, and knowing what major tasks or projects are ahead of me for the day. I love Vishen’s 6 Phase Meditation (you can Google it!), as it takes you through energising your body, gratitude practices, clearing any negative charges, visualising your ideal future, visualising your perfect day ahead, and then receiving divine support to assist you in achieving your dreams. It’s a wonderful way to start the day feeling organised!
What’s the first thing you drink?
Once I’m out of bed I drink a big glass or two of filtered water before heading off for a 20-30 minute walk in nature.
What’s your favourite way to move your body in the morning?
I’m very blessed that I live right on a small park in Ponsonby, so I start my walk in the park, then walk through Ponsonby, and down through Western Park, which is one of the oldest parks in Auckland, and has beautiful big old trees that lift my heart when I see the sun’s rays trickling through them. My other motive for going is to pat the dogs! It’s an off leash park, and as I’m too busy with my work to have a dog of my own, I get my daily ‘doggie fix’ by patting and adoring other people’s dogs. I will usually have a quick swing at the children’s playground, and maybe bounce on the new rebounders they have put in… it’s fun to play and unleash my inner child so early in the day!
On my walk I do a whole-brain learning track called a ‘Walking Paraliminal’. Paraliminal training stimulates both sides of your brain, with specially designed tracks where the magic happens at a level just below consciousness, also using Holosync technology (check out Holosync.com). With the Paraliminal, your right ear receives messages that talk to the logical left brain, and at the same time your left ear receives stories that enliven your creative right brain, while helping the whole brain focus on specific intentions that are woven through the track that you choose. I’ll be talking more about Paraliminals and whole brain learning in my book, but if you are interested in the meantime, check out Paraliminal.com. There are so many wonderful choices!
After my walk I will do some stretches, Qi Gong or yoga, and spend some time connecting into my body and how it feels. Twice a week I will do body conditioning with my trainer Jen Cuttance, at Movement Lab in Grey Lynn. Jen is also a wonderful yoga and yoga nidra teacher, and I love her philosophy of utilising functional movement of the body, without pushing it into cortisol-producing stress.
What’s the first thing you eat?
The first thing I eat each morning is a green smoothie. My current favourite mix is cucumber, celery, avocado, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, fresh chilli, kale, baby spinach, watercress, mint or coriander, and a splash of lemon juice. Sometimes I’ll throw some coconut oil in too. It’s a mish-mash of flavours, but just feels so healthy as you drink it!
Recently I’ve been following my green smoothie with a big bowl of homemade bone broth, with coriander from my garden, sliced spring onion, chopped shiitake mushrooms and egg run over a fork into the mixture to do an egg-drop soup. Yum! So warming and delicious!
I’ve been doing a nutritional program called ‘Wildfit’ for the last 2-3 months, which is focused around eating the way that evolution designed us to eat. I like to trial and experiment with different nutritional programs, as I believe that our nutrition has such an huge impact on how we look, feel and age.
Wildfit has been amazing, one of the best that I have trialled – all my friends and clients are saying I look the best I’ve ever looked, I wake up naturally with abundant energy rather than dragging myself out of bed, and I no longer have the cravings for chocolate, cheese and icecream that tend to be my daily downfall. The stage I’m in right now is the most intense as it’s mainly leafy greens, good protein, and lots of avocados, oils and nuts, so I’m looking forward to being able to drink my homemade Kombucha again in a couple of weeks – it’s off the list at the moment, and I miss it!
While getting ready for work, and on my short commute, I will often listen to online training programs and podcasts – both industry related and for personal development – to keep my brain actively learning new things.
How important is stillness or ‘quiet space’ first thing?
Quiet space each morning is important to me, as evidenced by my focus on meditation and whole brain learning. Once I get to work, I’m usually booked back to back all day, and I like to be fully present for each person who sits in my chair. Our focus on an exceptional experience for our clients means that all of our team give a lot of energy out during the day, so mornings are my time to recharge, focus and nurture myself. I’m grateful I don’t have kids or other responsibilities, so I can really fully enjoy my ‘quiet time’.
Describe your ultimate morning. No obligations…?
I actually have all the same routine, but I look forward to going to yoga at Lululemon Ponsonby at 8.30am on a Sunday, shopping at Ponsonby Central for all my delicious organic food for the week, calling my mum in Canada on Skype, and catching up with friends. In summer I love to get out hiking in the Waitakeres, going to the beach for a paddle, swim or surf, or heading out fishing!
Please share your favourite breakfast recipe…what’s your go-to?
I love my green smoothie, and the bone broth is a new favourite, but if there was a ‘special breakfast’ that I wanted, it would be West Coast Wild Caught Whitebait Fritters – just whitebait, one egg to hold it together, freshly cooked in coconut oil or organic butter (maybe with some scallops as well!) and served steaming on a bed of rocket with lemon slices and fresh coriander or parsley. So much yum!
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