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 lovely Tesh Randall.
Tesh (aka Mrs Coconut) is just 26 and co-founder of the famous Raglan Coconut Yoghurt and The Good Agency with her partner Seb, editor of Arrival Magazine and children’s book author (Button Thief & Abigail Knightly are her two published titles).
Tell us, what does your morning look like as you roll out of bed…
Well, after plenty of sleepy snuggles with Mr Coconut (which has got to be the best part of the morning), I get up, put on my pink fluffy dressing gown and slippers then turn on the heater – it’s freezing at the moment!
We then go and scrape our tongues – something we first heard about from a Doctor speaking at Prana Festival a few years ago and have sworn by since. During the night toxins are flushed from your body and some end up accumulating on your tongue (hence gross morning breath), so by scraping them off instead of just flushing them down with water or scrubbing back into your tongue with a tooth brush you’re doing yourself some favours!
After tongue-scraping, I usually take my vitamins (Usana Essentials), get dressed, wash my face (I don’t use a cleanser, just warm water, then Tailor moisturiser and no make-up), and then sit on our Lily Pad (the NZ version of the Squatty Potty) for the morning bowel clear-out.
What’s the first thing you drink?
Big mug of warm lemon water – sometimes with a little honey, but usually just lemon juice + warm water. Or if we’re out of lemons, I’ll drink some Souls Vibration tonic – love their ‘Ginger Zing’ with apple cider vinegar.
What’s the first thing you eat?
Breakfast is usually lots of chopped up fruit with granola (we are slightly granola/muesli obessed, there are usually about 3-4 different bags on the go in our house – Raglan Classic, Blue Frog Breakfast, YUM Granola and Holy Cacao are the current faves!), then topped of course with one of our coconut yoghurt flavours. We rotate through them depending on the granola it’s being paired with! Loving Mango & Turmeric at the moment.
What’s your favourite way to move your body in the morning?
Before breakfast we like to do Chi-Gong together. The sequence only takes about 20 minutes and it’s really relaxing, lots of deep breathing and slow, graceful movements. A friend from Austria taught us the routine a few years ago and we’ve practiced it on-and-off ever since.
How important is stillness or ‘quiet space’ first thing?
When I first wake-up I like to lay there in stillness for the first while, but I’m pretty bubbly and full of energy in the mornings so the quiet doesn’t last too long! I do enjoy the Chi-Gong for the steady, quiet rhythm of the movements.
Describe your ultimate morning…
My ultimate morning would be sleeping in, followed by cuddles, Seb making us breakfast (kale & mushrooms on ‘Midnight Baker’ toast would be ideal) while I stay in bed reading (the best way for a day to disappear is with a good book!), then enjoying breakfast together on the deck in the sunshine before going for a walk on the beach and a game of chess & chai lattes at ‘Raglan Roast’. A perfect Raglan morning.
Please share your favourite breakfast recipe…what’s your go-to?
In summer time I love a good green smoothie:
Half a lemon
Big handful of spinach or kale
Couple of tablespoons Raglan Coconut Yoghurt
Chopped up fresh ginger
Teaspoon of honey
Coconut water or nut milk
All blended up smooth, fresh and full of energy!
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