NOURA OF YOGALATES BLISS INTERVIEWS MIA OF GRACIOUSLY GREEN – HERE ARE SOME OF HER DELICIOUS MUSTS + LUSTS IN LIFE!
What time do you love waking up in the morning?
Well, what time I love waking up vs when my daughter loves to get up are two quite different things – Thalia (my daughter) wakes up at 6:00am – 6.30am…I’d like to be asleep at least until 7am! Too much to ask? But sometimes it’s nice to be up before even the birds – it’s a very still moment in the day which sometimes takes my breath away it’s so beautiful…but sometimes I also just need more sleep
Do you practice a morning physical and mental ritual such as, meditation, yoga, cardio, weights?
Honestly, routine for myself with a 21 month old is a little difficult, however, I always spend time with her before she goes to nursery – we drink tea in bed in the early hours, which I really love. If I am not teaching yoga in the mornings, which I do half the time, I do my own yoga when I can a few times a week, either in my bedroom or outside in the fresh air. I usually meditate, do some pranayama (breathing), asana and I spend some time in restorative poses (I specialise in yoga therapy and I of all people need my own yoga therapy sometimes! ;0)). If I miss this practice for more than a few days, even my husband tells me I need to go do some yoga! I also walk my dog every day – I’m lucky to live in an area with lots of small parks and trees so we have a long walk whilst my daughter looks out for birds and “meow meows” (cats) – she likes to find animals on our walks.
What’s your favorite morning beverage?
I know you expect me to say green juice but I am also very human and I have to say coffee! I do buy fair-trade organic coffee beans – it’s good for you! I actually always start the day with either fresh ginger in hot water or a rooibos tea in bed. My hubby is South African so rooibos is a staple in our house – it’s high in antioxidants so a good way to start the day. And then coffee – lovely coffee - espresso, black.
What is your favorite way to spend the weekend?
My ideal day on a weekend is firstly lazing around in pjs eating a late breakfast with my family. My week is full on with work and running around as mama taxi – I go to the Essentially kitchen and office three days a week, sometimes I am at the Essentially cafe in The Collective, and then I teach yoga as well and am a very hands on mum – so weekends are about down–time and family. After lazing about we love beach-time just catching-up on doing not much - maybe a long walk on the beach but mainly we look for shells for our collection (me and Thali).
This might be most people’s nightmare but I love to do my food shopping at the weekend so that I can plan our food menu for the week (I am seriously a geek when it comes to meal planning – guess that’s why I do what I do!) and then I love to spend at least one weekend afternoon playing with new recipes in the kitchen – sometimes I bake or maybe try a new raw dish on my family. My daughter loves cooking with me so it’s nice I get to share this passion with her also – she is a pro at energy ball rolling!
Do you recommend any favorite raw food / plant based books or websites?
oh boy…can i just take a photos of my book shelf… some girls buy shoes, I like cook books! I’ll be sharing a resources list on my course – watch this space! My favourite book right now is “Healing with Wholefoods” by Paul Pitchford. I am a huge believer in food as medicine and preventative medicine and this books is fantastic in breaking down common ailments and foods that can help.
Do you pack snacks for the day if you are going to be out?
Yes, especially for Thalia as well. Usually I have a few energy balls in my bag, mixed nuts, maybe some nut butter in those little packets as it can help with sugar cravings if you find yourself craving something sweet when you’re running around. And I always have a flask with warm water. If I’ve been at work in the kitchen, I usually have a bottle of Essentially’s Deep Green in my bag or on my desk …see, I do also drink green juice in my day – it counteracts that morning coffee ;0)
Do a favorite recipe that *may* appear at your upcoming training in May!
Today I ate two of these babies and felt so good about it! They’re a limited edition energy ball I actually have these on my menu at work – so given that they’re so special I can share with you the link to the recipe and a *taste* of some of my featured raw / vegan creations below: http://graciouslygreen.com/recipe/mulberry-orange-cacao-truffles-raw-vegan/