I loved interviewing Tonya Papanikolov (Tee) of Food by T for Normale Magazine so much that I wanted to share some more of her delicious food photography (drool), the benefit of morning rituals, as well as her top three tips for living a more holistic life. I've been really trying to incorporate some of her wisdom into my routine lately. I'm not sure if it's because I'm being more mindful of my actions and how I'm treating my body but I haven't felt this clear in a long time.
In Tee's "Good Mornings" series, she beautifully reflects on one of the most important parts of our day. As a night owl (and occasional insomniac) during the week I typically curl up in my cocoon of covers as long as possible before bursting out of bed at the last minute. I even play weird tricks on myself...ie. I can only get out of bed on a multiple of five so I just HAVE to stay in bed until the clock makes that happen. Procrastination nation.
However lately, with Tee's mantra in mind, I've been trying to start my day in a refreshing way. Last night I slept at my friend Lisa's after our yoga class and this morning we woke up early, had hot water with lemon, a green smoothie bowl, and reflected over some tarot cards before I walked an hour to work (the weather's so lovely!)
Not feeling rushed, fueling my body with sustenance, connecting with a friend, getting
Tee's Top 3 Tips for Living a Holistic Life:
- Form a relationship to your food. Plant a small garden, shop at farmer’s markets, support locally! Awareness is key. Get to know the people growing your food. It will change the quality and nourish you ten fold.
- Morning rituals. Make time for yourself in the morning and slow before you accelerate through your day. Whether this is time for hot lemon water when you wake, a 15-minute meditation or simply setting an intention. The quality of your day changes when you give yourself a bit of space.
- Listen to your body. There
isan inherent wisdom and disposition towards healing. Whether it’s an urge to quit your job and follow your passion (highly recommended) or just an intuition to call your Grandma. And when you get totally freaked out (because change is scary) that’s when you just have to take a leap and trust yourself.