Breakfast is an easy affair as I have my main meal at lunch: I love something fresh and warming — an Ayurvedic tip that works for waking up a sleepy or sluggish digestion. Some go-tos are 5-minute lightly poached and spiced stewed spiced apples or a hot mug of Golden Milk when I need something light, or 5-minute eggs with bread or toast when I want something heartier. Otherwise my slow cooker does it all for me with an overnight kitchari, sweet or savoury congee or porridge. On the weekends I love pancakes every which way. I often make them with fermented batters inspired by Ayurvedic recipes, which gives you a great whole food protein-rich breakfast. Coffee doesn’t really agree with me, so unless I’m in my café, Hemsley + Hemsley in Selfridges, or anywhere where I can order a CO2 or water-decaffeinated decaf then I’ll stick to a herbal tea, Golden Milk, rooibos or maybe a homemade chai, and enjoy a meal eaten in relative calm before the craziness of the day kicks in.
The old me used to fly out of bed with the alarm (I do sometimes revert to the old me, I can’t lie!) or rather drag myself out with gusto, grab some toast or something in a panic and then rush around like a headless chicken for the rest of the day, getting loads of stuff done and feeling like “I’ve got this” but in reality ending up wired, anxious and stressed, and having trouble falling asleep no matter how tired I was. Carving out time and space in the morning for a quiet breakfast and some meditation (as really these are the only additions to my old routine in terms of time) just makes me feel happier, calmer, more efficient and has a positive knock-on effect for the rest of my day, week, year. It also means I’m better at handling the rough along with the smooth. Creatively I’m on fire in the mornings. It is the perfect time not only to get things done, but also to have the chance to be me, and complete a routine that keeps me sane before the phone, emails and messages kick in and I get lost in chores and work commitments. I’ve coached parents to do the same — getting up earlier than their kids, even if it’s 15 minutes, is their time to breathe, take care of themselves and collect their thoughts for the day before they have to put on their parent hat, and their work hat too.
Looking for more morning routine inspiration before you decide on your own? Read Max La Manna’s here and Venetia Falconer’s here.
Read more about Jasmine’s journey into sustainability in her Life As I Know it interview.
Want to try Kitchari? Find Jasmine’s recipe here.