Mornings are a hectic time for mamas. And let’s be honest, sometimes they’re not pretty. Do you wonder how other mamas do it? We did —so we decided to find out. Follow along as we take a peek into the lives of some of our favorite inspiring mamas and their daily routines. From food to fitness, there’s no magic formula, but we think we’re going to adopt some of these ideas asap. First up, Taryn Toomey, founder of The Class. With her cult-like following growing faster by the day, Taryn maintains her sanity by focusing within and retreating to her family. Read on to discover what a day in her life is really like.
What’s your background and how did you become interested in living a clean lifestyle?
Since genetics were not on my side, I started my wellness journey at a young age (around 17). By 18, I was teaching step aerobics at my local gym. Looking back, I think that was when I discovered that moving my body could have a carry-over effect into my day. I soon started educating myself on what to put in my body and what to do to make me feel better. I haven’t ever looked back since.
What time do you wake up? During the week? On the weekends?
My internal alarm clock is REAL. I am up by 6:30am every day.
What is your weekday morning routine?
I brush my teeth, scrape my tongue and do a few rounds of uddiyana bandha. I set up my girls with a show in the living room and then retreat to my closet or bedroom for a quick morning meditation. We make and eat breakfast together. I take a probiotic with a drink that we use for our seasonal detox program called The Layer —a combination of warm water with turmeric, lemon, ginger and cayenne—followed by some coffee with almond milk. Then I embark on the seemingly endless battle of: “please brush your teeth, please get dressed, please get your backpacks on” and then we head off to school!
How do you avoid the morning frenzy and remain calm and centered while getting the kids out the door?
I don’t. My morning meditation helps, but to be completely honest, mornings are usually a bit of a frenzy. I don’t want to give an illusion that being a mom is any different for me than it is for anybody else. I do my best to give “warnings” about time i.e.: “you have 5 minutes to finish that and then we brush our teeth” style.
What supplements or vitamins do you swear by?
B Complex, Magnesium, Probiotic
What’s your go-to smoothie recipe?
- 2 cups spinach
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/2 cup frozen cauliflower
- pinch of ashwaganda
- pinch of cordyceps
- pinch of Moon Juice spirit dust
- pinch of Immunity probiotics
- 1 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
- 2 cups ice
If you could design your perfect daily menu, what would you eat for…
Breakfast: 2 hard boiled eggs—1 with the yolk, 1 without the yolk, filled with hummus
Lunch: In the winter, a warm vegetable soup or a large green salad with root vegetables. In the summer, a salad with all the things topped with some shrimp or protein.
Snack: Rolled nori filled with guacamole and arugula, dry roasted almonds, cut up veggies piled in an endive leaf with some sort of “sauce”.
Dinner: Some form of seafood protein with roasted green vegetables. Or a repeat of lunch!
Our kids are pretty picky eaters. What do you feed them for breakfast and how do you encourage healthy eating habits?
Well, one of them seems to be a self-proclaimed vegan (with the exception of bacon) so she will have cereal (some sort of granola with milk) and the other will eat eggs. Some mornings, we make whole wheat pancakes.
I’m not a fan of the “clean plate club” and I am not the mom that tells kids when they can/can’t have something. I encourage my girls to check in with themselves—when they feel good, when they don’t feel good and WHY. We try to link back to foods or choices so they learn through experience. We talk a lot about balancing food groups. My husband used to call me crazy but we are seeing the effects already. It works. Start them young!
Do you see any healers? If so, who do you see and how often do you go?
I do. There are so many talented healers in New York City but some of my favorites are:
- Aleta St. James – for weekly energy work
- Thomas Droge – for bi-weekly acupuncture
- Keith Pyne – for bodywork
- Tracy Piper – for colonics
- Joanna Vargas – for skincare
What’s your beauty secret/obsession right now?
3 pearls of wisdom
Give them unconditional love. Don't use your children as your dumping ground when you're frustrated. I've learned from a long history of projection that it creates for a very confusing adulthood and it will really screw a human being up!
Understand that your children are watching your every move. Be mindful when they're around. They are absorbing, feeling and learning even when you think they're not. You think they don't notice the "silent treatment" that you are giving your spouse? They DO. Be an adult around them. Speak to them like a human being.
Teach them young about feelings, their heart, other's hearts, how we all feel. Talk to them a lot. Teach them. Raise them to understand its not "right" or "wrong" to be sad, mad, angry, happy, jealous, proud .... it is just a feeling and none of them are to be feared.