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 inspiring beauty Rachel Grunwell…face behind the blog Inspired Health.
Rachel is an award-winning writer, Good magazine wellness columnist, yoga teacher, magazine healthy recipe creator, marathoner, Cigna wellbeing ambassador and director of the lifestyle website inspiredhealth.co.nz. Her mission with Inspired Health is to inspire Kiwis to move more, eat well and to live a life they love… she also has regular amazing health-inspired giveaways and so it’s worth following all the social channels!
Tell us, what does your morning look like as you roll out of bed…
I rise at 5.30am – the most magical time of day when it is still, beautiful, and you can see the sun coming up. I run or practice yoga for an hour. This is “my happy place”. My favourite thing is to run up Mt Eden or One Tree Hill in Auckland and at the top of either of these peaks you can see the sky, sea, Sky Tower lots of green… these are places of bliss….
What’s the first thing you drink?
Only water if I plan to exercise for an hour or water + Good Green Stuff powder. If I plan to do a longer run then I will eat a chia breakfast with fruit, cathedral cove coconut yoghurt etc…
What’s the first thing you eat?
I love eating healthy chia puddings for breakfast at the moment. If I’m out with friends I’ll order a cooked breakfast with eggs, avocado, salmon… that kind of thing.
Here’s one of my nutrient-dense chia breakfasts – it looks more like a dessert!
What’s your favourite way to move your body in the morning?
Running or yoga. However I’ve just started cycling because I’m doing Le Race next year (a 100km bike ride in the south island. You can read my first ‘Girl on an adventure’ column for Good magazine online – all about this new crazy adventure! http://www.good.net.nz/article/2016/11/girl-adventure
Or I love to do yoga. I love playful yoga when I’m doing it on my own (it’s different to how I teach as I work with athletes usually and so I don’t expect them to do things like handstands!)
Here’s me doing some solo yoga play with a handstand 😉
How important is stillness or quiet space first thing?
Stillness is so important to me – but it doesn’t have to be first thing. I practice mindfulness and do meditation. I also teach meditation in my yoga classes and the importance of slowing down, being still and taking time for living in the moment … feeling gratitude for every day… I practice mindfulness too throughout my day and even when I’m running.
Describe your ultimate morning. No obligations…?
Wake up early and run or do yoga and then breakfast at a great café with great company and coffee. I live this life. I feel so lucky.
Please share your favourite breakfast recipe…what’s your go-to?
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