Embracing the beauty of countryside living, tell us about what a typical day in the life entails for you living in the Byron Bay hinterland.
I awaken, drink lemon water, make myself a ‘dandelion coffee’ with my homemade hazelnut mylk, spike it with medicinal mushrooms and take a deep breath looking at the mountains in our valley hinterland view. Then as I have for thirty years now, I make delicious superfood rich man-food breakfasts for my hubby and still at home sons, Rory (24) and Ryan (21). After I get everyone off to work, I like to spend some time walking or a couple of hours gardening then, if I need a little extra TLC, or extra beautification/detoxification, a gentle hour of hydrotherapy - steam (hot) and plunge (cold) - in my home day spa. Breakfast is usually lots of fresh seasonal fruit, as well as a supplementary green drink I make of superfood powders I’m needing at the time.
Maintenance when living in the country takes a lot of time especially with a family, so I’ll often be catching up on housework through the day, tending to our organic orchards, shopping for any missing essentials at local farmers markets or health stores, or as I can writing, and/or creating inspiring videos or images to share. I used to fly a lot to Sydney for work, but more recently I have been modelling more locally, with so many brands choosing to shoot in Byron Bay, some even opting to create with me at home in my organic garden, which has been really lovely, so this is also becoming a more regular part of my life. In my spare time I’m toying with the idea of writing a new book. More of a full Abi’s lifestyle beauty book with all my favourite tips!
Lunch is often from the garden, bowls of greens topped with olives and avocados from the markets, fresh sprouts, buckwheat or a legume, or even just a bowl of fresh strawberries for dessert. I am very into food combinations.
Dinner is family time, usually based on a vegetable, grain or legume savoury, and large leafy green salad or lots of lightly cooked side-greens! I enjoy creating everything from high raw vegan to classic man-friendly, heart-warming vegetarian dishes. It’s always all happening here in my kitchen! Then of course, there’s never any lack of tantalising sweet treats afterwards.
I usually like to take another form of hydrotherapy to relax my body in the evening before I get an early night. Sometimes it will be soaking in a deep thalassotherapy (seaweeds and sea salts) or any other kind of bath, or even just another warm shower finishing with a light cool spritz. Many of my favourite water treatments I’ve experienced for most of my life in the most basic of showers and bathtubs. There’s no limit to what you can do here if you can possibly pay for, or have access to healing, revitalising water!