My Morning Routine

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I struggled with my digestion for years. I was constantly bloated, doubled over in stomach pain, had unexplainable weight gain, and brain fog. It was terrible and I searched endlessly for solutions. The silver lining of it all, was that it sparked my interest and passion in wellness. I tried SO many different things to heal my digestion. It was beyond frustrating and extremely discouraging at times, but I am so glad I didn’t give up! What ended up working was eliminating histamines from my diet, and following this morning routine.

Benefits from Green Juice

I’m excited to finally share the simple steps that make up my morning routine. When Thomas decided to start doing it as well 3 months ago, I was curious to see if he would have the same amazing results I did. Within 3 days of back to back juicing first thing in the morning before eating, he noticed a huge difference in his energy levels. (He used to start his day with eggs and toast.) Within a week he literally said, “Wow I feel so much more clear headed and awake.” Not only that, but he noticed it curbed his appetite for junk food and midday snacks. It’s done that for me, and has completely regulated my hunger levels.

He also noticed a huge improvement in his digestion, his skin became clearer and more glowy, and he had energy that lasted throughout the day (he used to be exhausted and asleep by 9PM!) He’s lost a ton of weight, and says he overall just feels so much better. It’s been incredible to see these improvements – and hilarious that he now can’t go a single day without his green juice!!!

My Morning Routine

Step 1: Hot Water with Lemon

I wake up around 8AM and drink a glass full of hot water with 1/2 an organic lemon squeezed and dropped into the glass. If you can’t find organic, don’t fret! I thought this went without saying, but since someone asked haha…wash your lemon! I use this spray. Make sure to put the lemon with the peel into your glass because it’s full of amazing nutrients. Doing this first thing, alkalizes your body and wakes it up. It’s the most soothing ritual. I’ve received questions about the acidity from the lemon effecting the enamel on your teeth, and that hasn’t been a problem for me, but be sure to chat with a dentist if you’re concerned!

Step 2: Green Juice

PSA do not buy a store bought green juice! It’s not the same as a juice you will make fresh in your home and drink right away. It loses its nutrients even if it says it is “cold pressed.” I honestly cannot stress this enough – you will not even remotely see the same results unless you make it yourself. This is the juicer I have. It’s so easy to clean and has lasted for years. My juice recipe is; 1/2 fennel (use only the white bulb part), 5-6 stalks celery, 1/2 green apple, and 1 cucumber. I use this veggie spray to clean them beforehand. If they don’t have organic of something, I don’t sweat it. Life’s too short, and a juice is better than no juice for me.

This makes about 16 oz of fresh juice, which I drink immediately. It loses 50% of its nutrients after 30 minutes, so it’s definitely best to drink right away to get the biggest impact. Like I said above, green juice healed my digestion, regulated my hunger signals, made my skin glow like it never had before, helped me lose weight, and got rid of my brain fog. I don’t go a day without it, and if I am on vacation I seek out the fresh juice spots. I typically drink this about 45 minutes to 1 hour after my lemon water, because I like to meditate after my lemon water. Wait at least 30 minutes to eat anything after you drink your juice. I wait a few hours until lunch, but Thomas waits 30-45 minutes and then has his eggs and toast.

Step 3: Matcha latte (optional)

TBH I rarely drink matcha anymore because I just don’t need the caffeine. My life is a lot slower paced now that I’m not running around NYC all day. I don’t need to be jacked up with energy to make it to back to back meetings, events, shoots etc. But, if I ever do need an energy boost or pick me up, I make a simple matcha latte using ceremonial grade matcha powder, hot water, and this whisk. Add 1/2 tsp of matcha powder to a bowl, along with 1/4 cup of almost boiling water. Whisk rapidly and once the powder is dissolved and frothy, top with more water.

You can add a few tablespoons of full fat coconut milk or cream from Trader Joe’s (or find one that doesn’t have any guar gum in it and is pure because guar gum bloats you.) Coconut cream has a natural sweetness to it. If matcha is too bitter for you add some honey, stevia or a little white sugar. I love using this frother for the coconut milk or cream so it tastes like a latte. Most places make terrible matcha lattes, so if you don’t like them, you’ve probably had a very low quality powder. Starbucks matchas are fake and full of sugar…30g of sugar to be exact.

The best matcha latte I’ve ever had is from Cha Cha Matcha where they use the barista coconut milk with a frother. I can never seem to make it as good as they do at home even with this though! I typically have my matcha around 2 or 3PM (if I feel that I need it), but Thomas likes to drink his at around 11AM after his eggs.

Intermittent Fasting

So there you have it, that’s my morning routine. I do not eat breakfast because I have never liked breakfast and feel way too full in the morning. So I love eating a huge lunch and dinner. I don’t “try” to fast. But because I don’t actually eat until around 12PM, I am technically intermittent fasting everyday. I say “try” because if I’m hungry I eat, if I’m not, I don’t. I listen to my body!

Recap

As always when I talk about my health, I like to mention that I am not a doctor and you should always consult with a medical professional regarding any dietary changes. I love sharing what has worked for me, and hope you have the same amazing results that Thomas and I have had from this simple routine!

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11 Comments

  • Gaby says:

    Great post! I struggle with the pain you had and have recently been prescribed famotidine 40mg. Also, sometimes my food would come back up at night. Wondering if you experienced this and if you had to take that medication, too. E-mail me, if you’d like!

    January 15, 2021 | Reply
    • kat@withlovefromkat.com replied:

      Sorry to hear that! I didn’t have any reflux issues, and I wanted to try and heal my gut as naturally as possible so I opted for this routine and eliminating histamines. I hope you find relief!

      January 15, 2021 | Reply
  • Ama G says:

    Thanks for sharing! I started doing just about the same back after reading one of your Instagram posts. Was very curious so I researched it first then in September I started drinking fresh made green juice at home AND hot water with lemon. Omg the benefits have been amazing! My gut health, skin and metabolism have changed sooo much! Best part of my morning routine! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

    January 15, 2021 | Reply
    • kat@withlovefromkat.com replied:

      YAY so happy to hear that!!!!

      January 15, 2021 | Reply
  • Tillie Adelson says:

    I want to start the hot water with lemon — whenever I eat better and work out I can tell my body is on a good path! The New Year helps to get you into that groove! — Tillie

    http://www.mystilettolife.com

    January 15, 2021 | Reply
    • kat@withlovefromkat.com replied:

      Yes exactly! :)

      January 15, 2021 | Reply
  • Lisa Autumn says:

    So motivating lovely x

    Lisa | lisaautumn.com

    January 17, 2021 | Reply
    • kat@withlovefromkat.com replied:

      Thanks Lisa!

      January 18, 2021 | Reply
  • HELEN says:

    Great post! Just bought juicer- so excited to start this!! Question- do you cut up all the veggies/ fruits that go in juicer before hand or put them in whole?

    January 20, 2021 | Reply
    • kat@withlovefromkat.com replied:

      So glad! I cut the apple (no seeds!) and fennel in half because it’s so thick. It really depends on your personal preference!

      January 20, 2021 | Reply
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