Whether you bound straight out of bed to the running track or have a slower, relaxed early rise, the simple things we do in the morning set the foundation for the rest of the day. In our Morning Rituals series we ask some of our favourite morning warriors to share the little secrets that help them kick start their day.
The epitome of a strong women, Dalia Dogmoch Soubra certainly knows a thing or two about multi-tasking – the German/Syrian beauty is one of the region’s most celebrated chefs and entrepreneurs, not to mention dedicated mother of two beautiful children. Founder of Kitsch Bakery & Cafe, Dalia is also a food presenter and author, her debut book “Food, Love and Life from Dalia’s Kitchen” topped the charts all over the Middle East. The latest edition to Dalia’s resume is the The Kitsch Counter, a relaxed eatery and takeaway concept providing “good eats and healthy treats”. Inspired by healthy eating experiences in New York, Los Angeles and London, The Kitsch Counter offers a host of wholesome dishes incorporating fresh, real ingredients (they also offer paleo and gluten free options). The Kitsch Counter locations in Dubai’s DIFC and Umm Suqeim are at the forefront of the UAE’s health and wellbeing movement; so with the region’s culinary scene sewn-up, Sand & Smoke catches up with the domestic goddess to discover how she conquers her morning… I am utterly obsessed with coffee! My first cup is within minutes of waking up and I have some throughout the day…
I drink a cup around 7am, 9am and 11am and sometimes even in the afternoon around 4pm with a little treat which could be anything from a Paleo Muffin to a spoonful of Nutella if I’m being naughty!
I usually wake up by 7am, sometimes a little earlier but on the weekends I get another hour of sleep at least. The first thing I do is snuggle my little ones. It’s my favourite time of the day. Their sleepy faces and their scent is priceless! It’s always a rush as they are off to school by 7.30am.
Around 7.15am I start the day with sliced fresh fruits or a fruit salad and freshly brewed coffee. I’m not super hungry when I wake up, so the fruit gets me going and I feel I enjoy them more than in-between meals. A little later I will have either eggs, some kind of healthy porridge or labneh on nutty breads.
As for supplements, I only take vitamin C out of habit as my mum raised us saying this is how you fight off colds! I have recently started with multivitamins so let’s see how that goes.
I do Pilates Reformer early in the morning, twice a week. I recently started FlyWheel. I love it but will admit it makes me extremely hungry. I am already a passionate eater – so not sure that is a good thing!
I usually start working by 9am, and it’s flexible. Sometimes from home, sometimes from Kitsch Counter.