Mel’s in Europe at the moment which means that mornings at home have changed quite drastically. I no longer wake with Mel’s sleepy face running to the bathroom to go pee (she pees a lot! haha – sorry for that reference Mel), nor do we get to go on beach walks together early in the morning before the rest of Melbourne wakes. We don’t get to sit at the table with our organic coffees whilst talking about the events of the day and we definitely don’t get to make a wholesome breaky that we can both enjoy. Missing out on all of this sounds so sad and tragic but I am using this as an opportunity to self reflect and tune into what my body needs.
My mornings are now 100% dedicated to ‘me’ time. I wake pretty early, do some slow movement which is usually in the form of yoga, a light weights session or a beach walk (around half an hour) I then commit to 15 minutes of meditation using the 1 giant app. (highly recommend this app for anyone new to meditation) I have found that I don’t really need the app anymore, but I do love having that extra guided support so I’ve continued to use it.
After around 45 minutes on my mat, I make my way to the kitchen and prepare myself a wholesome, nourishing and satisfying breakfast. I’ve started to mix it up a bit to give my body an array of nutrients day to day. Mel and I have also taken a deep interest into Ayurvedic medicine so my meals have now also evolved around Ayurvedic principles (not all meals but I try to be mindful about how I can add an Ayurvedic touch when I can). Mel knows much more about this than I do so I’m sure she’ll be posting frequently about this topic soon!
We are definitely mostly ‘Vata’ types so foods that ground are highly beneficial for us. I have found that my body is responding very well to foods that are mostly cooked rather than raw, with adding spices and ghee whenever I can. Ghee is clarified butter which is an extremely nutritious alternative to traditional butter or oil. I have also loved making homemade chai’s either after dinner or in the morning.
In terms of breaky, I have begun to introduce porridge in the mornings. I love making a warming bowl of organic oats or rice flakes with added turmeric ginger and sometimes carrot. Topping with yoghurt, or adding whole organic unhomogensied milk is also fantastic. I don’t particularly love sweet breakfasts so I tend to opt for a more savoury type but in saying that I also do love to indulge in a banana and coconut porridge from time to time.
After nourishing my body and If I have a bit of time, i’ll make myself an organic coffee at home with biodynamic unhomogensied milk (the only milk Mel and I will drink). Enjoying my coffee whilst checking in with emails, social media (terrible habit) and journalling, I’ll head for the shower. I like to body brush for about 5 minutes before showering and only use certified natural body wash in the shower. Reducing my toxic load is a priority for me. The only moisturiser I use for my body is coconut oil. It works tremendously for me, I absolutely love it!. Plus I bought a massive jar for around 16 dollars and its lastly me ages! Bargain!
There is my morning routine. I have noticed that if I don’t do all of these things, I feel somewhat unsettled and ‘off’. The power of the morning is so understated.
Just realising how much I have just ranted in this post (sorry!) I just wanted to make a point highlighting that finding a morning routine that works for you is a very self-nurturing and self-respecting way to welcome the day. Whether that be taking some time out to read the paper or sit outside calmly with your coffee – our mum loves to start the day like this, or walking the dog around the block. Whatever it is, find what works, find what you love and find what you can stick to every morning. Do this and your body and mind will thank you for the rest of the day.
p.s I miss mornings with Mel.
Finally, here is my spicy porridge recipe
Ingredients; serves one
– 1/2 cup of organic oats (or gluten free oats if intolerant)
– 1.5 cups of water. (if you want a creamier consistency, you can add half a cup of coconut milk or unhomogensied full cream milk plus 3.4 cups of water)
– 1 tbsp of organic sultanas
– 1.5 tsp of grated ginger (can add more depending on how spicy you like it!)
– 1.5 tsp of grated turmeric (can add more depending on how spicy you like it!)
-1/2 tsp of macrobiotic salt or himalayan salt
– 1 tsp of hemp seeds (preferably unhulled)
-1 tsp of golden flax seeds
-1 tsp of pepita seeds (pumpkin seeds)
Originally I wanted to create this dish with a tad of Japanese influence so sprinkling your porridge with tamari toasted sesame seeds would be perfect! I’ll definitely try that next time!
1) Grate your ginger and turmeric finely and add to a saucepan with your oats, water and sultanas.
2) Cook your oats on the stove on a low heat for around 20 minutes. You want the flavours of the turmeric and ginger to infuse into the oats so the longer you cook it the better!
3) Once ready, pop into a nice bowl and top with the seeds. If you have sesame seeds, whilst your pats are cooking you can toast about a 1.5 tsp of sesame seeds in a small pan with a tad more salt or tamari. If toasting with salt, this method is called Gomasio. Gomasio is a wonderful addition to any dish, its grounding and super tasty!
4) Enjoy your oats on a cosy couch (I most definitely did!)
Hope you enjoy it
So much love,