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Many people find it hard to get out of bed in the morning and spend the first part of their day checking social media or emails that came in over night – not a great way to start. Putting together a morning routine full of mindful rituals can make even the toughest mornings easier.

Why not replace that morning flurry of a quick shower, frantically throwing on some clothes and a few mouthfuls of toast with a sense of calm and intention? Taking time first thing in the morning to set a positive tone for your day can have a positive effect on your overall well being.

Outlined below are just some of the rituals that you can use to make your morning routine more supportive. Ease yourself into it by adding one at a time and practising them mindfully until they become your routine.

Note how your new morning ritual makes you feel. Do you handle challenging or stressful situations better? Are your food choices healthier? What is your body telling you?

Remember your morning ritual is as much about the benefits you receive from each practice as it is about the ‘me time’. Enjoy investing in yourself first thing in the morning and watch the change that takes place when you choose to do this.

Lemon Water

Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a cup of warm water. This is such a simple and yet effective way to prepare your body to digest your food. It also helps your liver eliminate toxins, keeping your skin clearer and smoother.

Lemons are high in vitamin C, a vital anti-oxidant and important nutrient for the production of collagen, our anti-wrinkle fibre. They are a great source of phosphorus (required for a healthy nervous system, brain repair and memory) and sodium, helping eliminate wastes and prevent hardened arteries and arthritis.

If lemons are out of season or you’re travelling, apple cider vinegar does a similar job for your digestion and can be taken the same way; one teaspoon in a cup of warm water.

 

Dry body brushing

Your skin is your body’s largest eliminative organ and is responsible for one quarter of the body’s detoxification each day. Dry skin brushing is a wonderful detoxification aid. Brush your skin every day before your shower or bath for approximately 5-10 minutes, starting at your feet and moving upwards. Brush towards your heart with a light pressure until your skin has a slight healthy pink glow.

Healthy Breakfast

We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day but most of us aren’t putting this into practice. An easy way to ensure your morning ritual includes a healthy breakfast is to prepare one of the delicious and easy recipes such as our new Matcha Granola! This sustaining breakfast is high in fibre and B vitamins, both nutrients help support a healthy skin.

Get moving

Gentle exercise stimulates our blood and lymph flow and calms our nervous system, all of which promotes and encourages detoxification. Whether it’s a run, walk or rebalancing, breath-based exercise like yoga or pilates, all of these promote health and clarity of mind.

Breathe deeply

When we breathe we inhale life-giving oxygen and exhale waste carbon dioxide. Deep rhythmic breathing is vital to the healthy functioning of our bodies, helping to regulate our pH balance and calm our nervous system. It also gives us an opportunity to practice mindfulness.

Deep-breathing techniques are extremely effective ways of flipping your nervous system from ‘fight or flight’ into ‘rest and repair’. Your heartbeat slows and a feeling of relaxation floods your body. All systems of your body will work much more efficiently when you are in a calm state, a great way to start your day.

Think tank

Different types of thought effect our bodies physically in different ways and a lot of respected scientists are starting to think that we attract what we think.

Starting your day reflecting on what it involves and setting clear intentions for what you wish to achieve allows positive affirmation. This is an insightful way to gather, audit and clarify your thoughts.

Let go of: Negative self-talk, comparing yourself to others, limiting beliefs, resisting change, dwelling on the past.

Make room for: Gratitude, positive affirmations, embracing challenges, finding inspiration in the success of others, reflection, goal setting

So take a moment to reflect on what your mornings currently look like and begin to make them over by adding  the above routines to form a morning ritual that enhances your health and well being.

  • May 21, 2020
A breakfast smoothie is a delicious way to kick-start the day nutritionally and super-easy to make. This smoothie recipe includes protein to sustain your energy throughout the morning.  Naturally, it includes the Twin Skin Essentials (Bestow Beauty Oil and Bestow Beauty Powder) and you can also add any other Bestow blends you are using.

White beans are an amazing way to provide your smoothie with a creamy texture and a protein hit. Adding protein to a smoothie allows your body to stay full for longer and using beans is a skin-friendly way of doing this. Many protein powders and other protein products that are used in smoothies are congesting to the skin and just 1/4 cup of white beans provides you with the protein you need without causing you to break out. Creaminess is essential to a tasty smoothie and we find avocado is one of the best ways to do this as well as providing a serving of healthy fats for your body, keeping it full for longer. The chia seeds in the smoothie are bound to keep you full providing the body with fibre to help with gut health.

RECIPE

250 ml of liquid (such as water, coconut water, almond milk or coconut milk)
1/4 cup of cannelini beans (drained)
1-2 medjool dates (or 2 teaspoons of honey or rice syrup)
1/2 frozen banana
1/4 of a ripe avocado (optional)
1 tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Oil
1 dessertspoon of Bestow Beauty Powder
1 good handful of spinach leaves
1 teaspoon of chia seeds
6 fresh mint leaves (optional)

Blend well, enjoy!

 

  • May 24, 2017
To make life super easy for you we have been busy creating short videos and recipes on 5 simple ways that you can include Bestow Beauty Oil or Bestow Beauty Plus Oil in your daily life.

This fifth one is Bestow Overnight Oats, prepare the night before and wake up to breakfast already done!

 

 

RECIPE
Bestow Overnight Oats

1/2 cup of organic rolled oats or buckwheat groats
1/2 teaspoon of himalayan salt
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon (optional)
1 cup of water

Place in a lidded jar or covered bowl and soak overnight. You can add seeds such as pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and dried fruit such as raisins, chopped apricots at this stage. You can also try adding small amounts of other spices such as turmeric or cardamom for extra health benefits.

In the morning add chopped fresh fruit, a dollop of dairy free coconut yoghurt, 1 tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Oil or Bestow Beauty Plus Oil and a pinch of cinnamon. Add nut milk if you feel your oats are too thick.

View all the 5 Ways videos.

 

Sheryl has created this decadent recipe especially for Easter, it’s delicious and combines some beautiful flavours! And hey you could always drizzle it with some raw chocolate sauce if you really needed a chocolate fix.

The Banana Rhubarb Bread recipe is here.

One thick slice per person is enough for the french toast. The recipe is for 2-3 people so 3 slices of the bread.

We’ve served the bread with roasted Rhubarb which is divine but you could also serve it with berries, feijoa, apple, pear or just slices of fresh banana.

BANANA RHUBARB BREAD FRENCH TOAST RECIPE

GLUTEN FREE/DAIRY FREE/REFINED SUGAR FREE

You will need 2-3 slices of BANANA RHUBARB BREAD
or more if you’re really hungry!

Egg mixture:
2 eggs, beaten
½ teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla
½ cup of almond milk

Mix well, soak your banana bread slices on both sides in the egg mixture. Heat a tablespoon of coconut oil in a frypan over a medium heat. Add the bread and cook on each side until golden brown.

Roast Rhubarb: (from Bestow Treats II)

6 stalks of rhubarb cut into long pieces
1 tablespoon of coconut sugar
1 tablespoon of 100% organic maple syrup or rice syrup
2 star anise
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.
Mix together all of the rhubarb ingredients including the rhubarb pieces.
Spread out in a baking tin and roast for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

Cut the Banana Rhubarb French Toast in half and stack with roast rhubarb between and on top. Drizzle with warmed organic Rice Syrup or Maple Syrup. Dust with a little cinnamon. Serve with a dollop of coconut yoghurt (dairy free).

  • April 12, 2017
To make life super easy for you we have been busy creating short videos and recipes on 5 simple ways that you can include Bestow Beauty Oil or Bestow Beauty Plus Oil in your daily life.

This third one is a delicious Bestow Peachey Turmeric Smoothie. You can change out the fresh peach ther fresh, in season produce like pineapple, mango, feijoa, apricot or kiwifruit.

RECIPE
Bestow Peachey Turmeric Smoothie

1 cup of coconut water
1 tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Oil
2 tablespoons of coconut yoghurt
1 fresh peach, cut into chunks
½ a frozen banana
1 tablespoon of tahini
1 Medjool date, pitted
½ teaspoon of turmeric
½ teaspoon of cinnamon

Process all the ingredients in a blender.

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