Rosemary ferguson, the nineties supermodel-turned-nutritionist to the a-list, runs us through her morning routine.
How do you prepare for tomorrow the night before?
It depends on what I have on. If it’s an early work or clinic start I’ll ensure I have everything organised by the front door ready to go. I also get my outfit ready as I leave super early sometimes.
How do you dress your bed?
I like to keep it simple with a few cushions and a lovely, cosy throw that covers the entire bed. Heaven – it is my favourite place!
What is on your nightstand?
At the moment I have a live bacteria supplement to prompt me to take it before bedtime and some face oil by Lumity. I also have a lot of books that I will get around to reading one day. Top of my list of things to do – read more!
Who do you sleep with?
My husband and sometimes a little dog called Ruby Red! Oh and a child or two every now and then.
How many hours do you sleep?
It depends what I have on, but I LOVE my sleep. I always aim for 8 hours. 7 will do though.
What time do you wake up?
On a normal day between 6am and 7am.
What is the first thing you do on waking?
I really try not to look at my phone – I do use the Insight Timer app on my phone, so I have to get that going, and do 10 minutes of meditation. If I don’t have time, I get straight in the shower before I do anything else.
How do you work out?
I love a bit of yoga, spinning and I am a runner. More and more, walking is coming into my plan too.
How often do you exercise?
3-5 times a week – depends what I’ve got on work-wise.
How do you motivate yourself when you don’t feel like exercising?
I have such a love for yoga and my teacher is incredible which really helps. I love a class, they are great for getting me going – once you are in the room everyone helps you to get motivated.
What is your daily philosophy?
I modelled for a long time: travelling, working, playing and feeling run down. I spent an even longer time being less than angelic! I am pretty well versed in fatigue and stress. More recently, I have stressed my body and mind in other ways, doing triathlons and the marathon while being a mother, working and having fun. Basically, I am saying that I understand how much we put our bodies through and how little time we have to look after ourselves.
What is your first drink of the day and why?
Warm water and lemon. This is a great way to wake the body up, it gets the digestive juices flowing! And a good way to rehydrate after sleep.
What is for breakfast and why?
My go-to breakfast is bircher museli – it’s so simple, can be done the night before and you can put anything into it! Another classic favourite is eggs and avocado. Both are nutrient-dense, set me up for the day and I don’t need to eat until lunch time.
What is your morning beauty routine?
I try to start with a steam and a hot/cold shower. I absolutely love body and face oils. I use Romily Wilde, Orveda, Votary, Penny Frances and Lumity. I also love Weleda body oil.
What makeup products do you prefer?
I really like Charlotte Tilbury. Her unisex youth glow is unbelievable
What is your standby routine for awakening a tired face?
Hot and cold showers ALWAYS!
What is the first thing you do?
I check my emails!
What is top of your to-do list?
It depends what project needs my attention the most.
What is your 10am pick-me-up for energy?
I love using powders and making shakes, so depending on what I need, whether it’s energy, fatigue or skin, I make one tailored to address that. My favourite at the moment is cacao, almond butter, wheatgrass, protein powder, almond milk and maca powder.
We are obsessed with these delicious energising breakfast dishes designed by Rosemary. Simple, fresh and quick to make, they are our new morning go-tos.
FRESH MINT & CINNAMON CEREAL WITH BERRIES
2 teaspoons cinnamon
250ml almond milk
Handful of almonds, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds
Handful of mint
Handful of blueberries
Handful of raspberries
Add almonds to a food processor or pestle and mortar and ground down slightly. Transfer to a bowl. Add all the other ingredients and mix well. Pour the almond milk over and enjoy.
GOJI BERRY & CINNAMON PANCAKES
1/2 cup of oats
1 scoop of NOURISHING PLANT PROTEIN Peruvian Chocolate
Splash of almond milk
Handful of goji berries
Handful of blueberries
Handful of pomegranate arils
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon coconut oil
Maple syrup or agave nectar (optional)
In a blender add the eggs, oats, protein powder and almond milk. Whizz it up!
Using a good non-stick frying pan, add the coconut oil.
Carefully, pour the mixture into the pan making 5-6 small pancakes or 3 large ones!
Turn them over after about 3 minutes or until golden brown and cook for another 3 minutes.
Place them on a plate, and sprinkle the pomegranate, blueberries, goji berries and cinnamon on top! Finish off with a little syrup if you need extra sweetness!
MAKES 5-6 SMALL PANCAKES
ROSEMARY’S FAVOURITE TOAST - 2 WAYS
Avocado and Egg
“A classic and a great start to the day. It’s full of omega 3's, a good protein hit and the chilli is great for getting the metabolism going. If egg isn't your thing, then try some fresh tomatoes and rocket on top instead”.
1 slice of rye bread
1 ripe avocado
Salt and Pepper
Banana, Nut Butter and Seeds
“This is a great protein hit, perfect for post workout, a good hit of potassium, this should energise you!”
1 small banana
Drizzle of raw honey
1 teaspoon of chia seeds
1 teaspoon sunflower seeds
Toast the bread, spread the nut butter, squash the banana, drizzle with honey, sprinkle the seeds and chew!