I love my morning routine, it sets me up for the day and it’s non-negotiable, I know it makes me feel great, so I stick to it. I wake at around 5.30am, I set my intentions for the day, I try to be kind to myself and check in, to understand how I am feeling in my body and my mind. I try to take about 30 minutes every morning to meditate. It helps keep me balanced and feel strong and confident. I always sip on hot water and lemon before I eat breakfast to kick start my metabolism.
Food: In winter, I like to have something warm in my stomach like oatmeal with homemade almond milk and blueberries or eggs. But as it warms up I love smoothies or smoothie bowls, like this amazing recipe by Allison Wu:
Hidden Zucchini Nourishing Protein Smoothie Bowl
- 1/2 frozen zucchini
- 1/2 cup strawberries
- 2 tablespoons raw cacao nibs
- 2 tablespoons raw almond butter
- 1 cup hemp milk (or any non-dairy milk)
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 4 ice cubes
- 1 scoop of THE SUPER ELIXIR Chocolate Nourishing Protein
Combine all ingredients and blitz.
Body work or workouts: I often do my daily workout after the school run. At the moment, I am working on being kind to myself and really asking, what is it my body needs today? I might have a lot of energy and feel like working hard – so I might choose a boxing circuit, bootcamp style class or a long soft sand run. On other days, I might feel like something less intensive like yoga or pilates or a walk. And there are days when I don’t feel like working out at all, but I like to do some kind of body work so I might dedicate my workout time to a massage, acupuncture, reiki or even a manicure. My body menu list is long!
Products: I always start my wellness-beauty routine with two teaspoons of THE SUPER ELIXIR Alkalising Formula every morning in cold spring water. Since taking our Alkalising Formula I noticed my skin became dewy, looked plumper and had a glow. My sugar cravings subsided as my blood sugar levels became more balanced. My digestion improved. I felt more up beat and emotionally balanced. The supplement helps to keep me feeling like my body is getting the nutrients it needs to take on the day effectively. I don’t have to take anything else as it is complete with vitamins, minerals, pre and probiotics. I know if I nourish my cells from the inside it will show on the outside.
What I try to do everyday is live a balanced lifestyle, eat a healthy amount of nutritious foods, and stay active whenever I can. At 53, I am happier than I ever have been - and I have a sense of fulfillment.
Food: I love kale, spinach, sprouts and rocket. I will generally always have greens with whatever I eat at lunch – often a vegetarian salad with a base of pulses, lentils or quinoa, loaded up with leafy greens and other vegetables from the colour of the rainbow. As a snack I’ll often have The SUPER ELIXIR Nourishing Protein with homemade almond milk as a shake on the go. Being plant based, this protein is easily absorbed by my body, helps me feel fuller for longer and boosts my metabolism. I carry the travel sachets around in my bag for that very reason.
Body work or workouts: I used to think I had to reach a certain intensity at each workout but I have come to realise my body isn’t a machine, what feels good on one day, might not feel as great the next. I have always liked variety; right now it includes spin classes, boxing, swimming, running, hiking, surfing or a just walk outdoors wherever I happen to be in the world.
A new priority of mine is to get my 7 hours of sleep a night - it restores the body, allows antioxidants to counteract free radicals and means I am at my optimum every day.
Food: At dinner, I will try and include greens. My evening meal often consists of fresh line caught fish with salad or vegetables. I try and avoid carbs after 5pm. We try and eat as a family at night as much as we can. When we do we have a no screens policy. As a treat, we’ll make homemade pizzas, we love Mexican food and anything using the fresh produce we have in the house that week.
Mindful exercises or rituals: At the end of everyday I make sure I do a gratitude list (even if it’s just in my head).
Routines: With two international businesses (WelleCo and Elle Macpherson Body) operating on different time zones I had a period where I couldn’t switch off, my mind was racing and I had difficulty drifting off to sleep. It’s part of the reason we developed the Sleep Welle Calming Tea, it contains Valerian, Hops and Skullcap which are known to naturally induce sleep and ease anxiety. I also have a bedtime routine that I try and stick to, it can be hard sometimes though, especially when I am traveling. I try and have no screens an hour before bed, I’ll have a hot shower, or sometimes a bath before bed, then I will brew our Sleep Welle Tea and sip it right up until I hop into bed. I’ll do this yoga pose where you lie with your legs up a wall and your arm outstretched, it’s a great way to calm down and zone out before bed. I’ll often do some reading; I am a fan of biographies and autobiographies, some of my favourites lately have been: Prince – Purple Rain, Mick Wall and What I Know for Sure, and Oprah Winfrey. For those nights when I just can’t switch off I have a notepad and pen on my nightstand, I finding jotting down ideas stops them swirling around my head and I can more easily fall asleep.