Good Morning

Mindfulness in the morning. It seems to be a hard practice to embrace, especially if you are more of a night owl or have a million things to juggle on the daily. I imagine a large number of the population start their day in bed scrolling through social media, news, to do lists and emails first thing. I personally often fall victim to this destructive habit which has the power to make or break my day.

Creating positive, slow and calm morning practices can set you up for a similarly minded day or even week. This week we talked to amazing mother and co-owner of Green Leaf Organics (GLO) Chantel Priddy about she handles her busy her morning routine and how it impacts her day.

Tell us about your morning routine, and what part mindfulness plays?

Mike my husband is up early at 4.21am- a weirdly specific time. A cold shower and glass of water is key both internally and externally for this early start followed by five to ten minutes of silent meditation and mental planning for the day ahead. Allowing this time to be still, even if only for a moment helps to stay grounded and present for the day ahead.

Mike gets into the GLOquarters at 5am and only then is his cellphone taken off flight mode from the previous evening. He abides by a digital and nutritional fasting process that takes place for fourteen hours allowing time for both his body and mind to unwind and reboot.

At 7am the cafe opens and a Switchel or GLO immunity shot is consumed to set up the digestive system for the day and to regulate blood sugar. Breakfast is usually consumed together around 10am at the cafe and consists of GF Midnight baker bread with scrambled eggs topped with basil, house made spiced beans & a side of Avo and Mike’s routine long black with coconut butter and mct oil which slows the absorption for the caffeine on a fasted stomach and helps with mental wellbeing.

I am up around 6am, starting my day with a big glass of water with 1 tsp of solé (himalayan salt mineral drops) first thing. Kids permitting I will try and do 10 – 20 mins of stretching creating some space between thought and action. This is also my chance to tend to any urgent business emails. I like to start my day of food with my green smoothie with a mix of kale, spinach, parlsey & mint from the garden, a super food is added too; perhaps a spoon full of hemp protein, ashwagandha or I’m loving our supply of organic lions mane mushroom at the moment. While making my smoothie I’m also preparing the kids breakfast of buckwheat & banana pancakes. The kids wake about 7am and they are into breakfast, this is when I have time to take a shower and get ready for the day. Shortly after the kids are into the car and dropped at kindy and school respectively then into work at around 10am to join Mike for breakfast and have a de-brief on the day ahead. It’s then into action doing invoices, packing orders and planning all NOT without a soy latte in hand. I will also sip on SWITCHEL during the day for hydration and friendly gut bacteria.

How important do you think mindfulness and/or a morning ritual is to your day?  

As you probably have noticed we take our morning rituals here at GLO a little too serious. Reason being they set up our whole day with our kids, colleagues, family and wider community. We try and maximise every day so we need to start every day mindfully.

 Are you strict with this routine or is it something you aim for more so, whilst not putting too much pressure on it?

Depending on the night and morning all the above planning and rituals go out the window. Then its more black coffee than water and more chaos than mindfulness. But that is okay too. The kids are growing up before our eyes and lego may be more pressing than an instagram post- which at this time in our lives, is how it should be.

Love team GLO x 

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My Wellness Journey

Part One

This segment was one that I felt strongly about sharing within this blog. It was largely an aspect that inspired me to create this platform in the first place. I hoped that sharing my journey would inspire, motivate and help to direct the many people who struggle with similar circumstance, because believe me, in my line of work I now come across people daily who are in the same boat.

Nearly five years ago I took to my social media account with an over-sharing post on Facebook (been a relatively private person this was something I often cringe about) out of pure desperation and not knowing where to go next to seek help and in hope that someone out there might be able to help, or even just relate. I very quickly found that I was not alone in my struggle nor in my confusion.

In the past five years the research and findings around Gut health have been incredible and vast. One large component of this being that it is linked to several other key areas and illness’ such as mental and hormone health- its all connected- go figure. But seriously it has been revolutionary to the cause and is actually super exciting.

So, now the information is out there, in hoards which is great- but knowing where to start can be the hardest part…

Which circles me back to why I wanted to share my journey. You are not alone. There are answers. It is up to you, you just need to start.

Similarly to starting to work on your health, in whichever form, I have been finding it very difficult to know how to start on sharing this very personal journey with you in this very public platform. It is a rather unsettling feeling I have to admit but I can not tell you how many times I have spoken with our lovely customers regarding some of these points when we have gone from flat white chat to personal health chat and I love it. I love that our customers feel they can speak out, seek advice and have these conversations and it is truly what inspires me to do the same.

So here’s a little about where it started and where I am now (I’ll save you the gritty details)

Firstly full and important disclaimer (there are that many influencer cowboys out there these days so I feel strongly about setting that record straight, I am not trying to be one of them), I am still very much on my own journey and I believe hugely that everyone is different and therefore requires different treatment- BUT in the spirit of where to start I will be sharing my story and health care community with you in contributor posts from those professionals to help you find your direction and understand more about where you may be going wrong.

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Nearly seven years ago with already fragile gut health I contradicted Giardia whilst backpacking in Vietnam which was closely followed up by Salmonella, both went untreated. I was young and to be fair a little bit silly, not at all looking after my health, plying myself with cheap boozy nights out, living a wonderfully typical backpacker lifestyle.

This is the pinpoint moment in where my health began to really suffer and it is still something that I am working to heal fully NEARLY SEVEN YEARS LATER, I said journey for a reason right?!

So to skip the details, jump forward seven years filled with different diets, a ton of food exclusion, nutritionists, naturopaths, doctors, surgeries, specialists, hospitals, exhaustion, desperate hope, books read etc etc. Throw a café dedicated to clean eating in the mix and here I am.

I now, and have done for several years eat a largely wholefoods diet, I am vegetarian, dairy free, gluten free, fructose free (no fruit, can you even imagine how sad that is?!), I have a very low refined sugar intake, I am caffeine free and for two solid years I was completely alcohol free, now only having small amounts of higher quality spirits infrequently. Lets pause for a moment and let that really settle in, thats a lot of food groups gone and a fair amount of stress and social anxiety to actually maintain I’ll have you know, and people ask why I opened a predominantly vegan, gluten and refined sugar free wholefoods cafe- hah! I also eat organically where possible and use only natural cleaners and skincare (important note- check your sanitary and deodorant quality ladies, it is truly terrifying to know the truth about those products we so casually use- daily!).

It has taken me a long time, the exclusion of many food groups and continued degradation of my health (aka new problems/illness’ presenting themselves almost yearly) to finally and fully understand that the symptoms and reactions I had been getting from these foods was not necessarily an allergy or even intolerance to the food itself.  Therefore whilst not eating these things for a period of time was helpful to my life quality (been able to work full time, sleep through the night and hold food down for example) I was in ways, actually healing nothing, more so putting a plaster on the problem (much like the western medical world I was raised in).

 So heres the crunch: Symptoms are your friend. Symptoms are your bodies messenger. I can not stress how much changing my mindset to FIX THE PROBLEM NOT THE SYMPTOM has changed this game for me. I know it sounds kind of obvious when you really think about it, but it is amazing how often this simple notion is ignored. I currently, due to my previous gut health problems as well as the added stress and workload I have taken on in the past few years (ahem, small business), am suffering from an auto-immune disease, thyroid disease and adrenal fatigue, along with persistent endometriosis. All of which coincidently (not) are super connected.

And would you believe it, this is the best my health, day to day, has been in some time! I am currently working with an amazing naturopath and taking a pretty full on kill and replenish supplement regime with supporting vitamins and minerals added into my diet (including weekly B12 injections which are seriously incredible for a number of reasons). I see a great acupuncturist who has taught me a wealth of knowledge and resets my body fortnightly, a legendary integrative health GP and (my favourite ha-ha) I go to an accu-pressure massage therapist once a month who turns my knotted stressed out wee bod into blissful jello. Along with, of course, keeping a clean diet.

So, theres my part one, my starting point in sharing my story and working towards better health. Whats yours?

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I am also super excited to say we have an awesome, hugely knowledgeable naturopath guest posting super soon, so stay tuned folks.

Ps. there are SO many wonderful people out there doing wonderful things, I do not want to list them here but do feel free to flick me a message and reach out if you would like recommendations on a range of epic individuals and professionals locally. 

x M

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A little wee introduction about Wilder

My goal for my wholefoods café, Wild One in downtown Mount Maunganui is to have a space for sharing. Sharing good wholesome food, knowledge and awareness. Sharing the company of like-minded people and small business’ products alike. I wanted it to be a place for people to gather and enjoy real food without the fillers, preservatives and general junk- no matter your diet. A place that is good for you and the environment too. Similar to that this space: Wilder Wellness, will be a place for sharing. Sharing holistic wellbeing in its many forms. I hope to share little pieces of my health story and wellness community and how I got to here. Some behind the scenes of my business and others business’ with a similar ethos. Wholefoods recipes and meal inspo, adventures from near and afar, a little bit of home and travel food guides.

Follow along and share in this space with me….

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