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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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Yerba Mate Lemon Mint Iced Tea

Yerba Mate Lemon Mint Iced TeaThis isn’t your average iced tea recipe! This refreshing iced tea is actually made with Yerba Mate; a delicious caffeinated tea that is perfect for someone who wants an energy boost minus the jitters you can often get from coffee or black tea. I first tried Yerba Mate 5 years ago at We Care; a spa in Palm Springs. For those of you who aren’t familiar with We Care, it’s a rustic spot in the middle of the desert that specializes in cleansing and detoxifying your body. When I was struggling with digestion issues years ago, this place saved me. Just 1 week there, completely rebooted my digestion and sparked my interest in wellness. Everyone from Tom Ford to Gisele flock there yearly to reset and recharge. Anyways, back to the tea!! What is Yerba Mate?Yerba Mate is a caffeinated tea made from leaves found in the South American rainforest. It’s not hard to find though – so don’t worry – it’s available on Amazon and any grocery store! What’s so special about Yerba Mate is that it’s packed with vitamins, amino acids, and polyphenols. Studies have found that it boosts your metabolism and reduces inflammation. It almost tastes like a black tea, but it’s more herbal and earthy. It actually has more caffeine than black tea, but again, it doesn’t give you the jittery side effects that tea or coffee would. If I ever need a mid morning pick me up, or something to sip on before a workout or big project, I reach for this iced tea in my fridge. It would be perfect to serve this weekend for Memorial Day! Yerba Mate Lemon Mint Iced Tea8 cups brewed Yerba Mate tea, cooled down2 tbsp fresh lemon juice1 lemon sliced thin6 mint sprigs Fill a pitcher with brewed tea. Add in lemon juice and lemon slices. Stir to combine. Serve in a glass filled with ice and garnish with fresh mint sprigs. Add raspberries, blackberries or cucumber for extra color and flavor! Enjoy your weekend!
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Paloma Cocktail Recipe

It’s been so fun experimenting with different cocktails every week for our “Cocktails with Tom” Instagram Live series. Last week, Thomas bought fresh grapefruits from the store and decided he wanted to make Palomas. I had never had one before, but I’m so glad I tried it, because it’s insanely delicious! It’s such a refreshing cocktail and made our entire kitchen smell heavenly. An Everyday SkirtI’ve been making a better effort to get dressed, but comfort is still my top priority. This easy, everyday midi/maxi skirt from Walmart Fashion has a linen-like material and stretch waist so it’s perfect for spring and summer days. I ordered it in black and white (the white is more sheer so definitely wear a slip underneath it.) It looks elegant paired with a white button down like this one, a bodysuit, or even a t-shirt knotted at the waist. I can also see myself wearing it over a swimsuit on a hot summer day! It runs true to size (I got a small), but if you’re in between sizes and short, I would recommend sizing down! Perfect White Button DownI own several white button down blouses and rotate them all frequently! They’re a staple in my wardrobe and honestly, I feel like you can never have too many. I love the material of this one from Walmart’s Fashion section – it’s soft, ties up beautifully at your waist (but also looks great worn as is), and isn’t see through/too sheer. Best part is it’s under $10. PS it runs true to size. Gold Lace Up SandalsOk can we talk about these sandals? I gasped when I saw them online. A pair of gold lace up sandals that I wore to death, were getting so beat up and I’ve been on the HUNT for a new pair. I’m VERY picky about lace up sandals though, and don’t like a ton of bells + whistles on them poking at my feet. These ones are beautiful – they’re the best gold shade (not too yellowy/shiny and not too matte/silvery haha – I told you I’m picky), the soles have a nice padding, and they lace up around the ankle, or if you’re feeling adventurous, you can tie them up higher to your shin. They’re going to sell out really fast I guarantee so snap them up at Walmart Fashion while you can! Paloma Cocktail Recipe1/4 cup fresh squeezed grapefruit juice1 tablespoon lime juice1 teaspoon sugar or simple syrup1/4 cup tequila1/4 cup club soda1 grapefruit wedgeSugar (or salt) + maraschino cherry juice for rim Combine sugar or salt and a teaspoon of red maraschino cherry juice on a plate. Rub the rim of your glass with water or a bit of lime juice and stick it in the sugar + cherry mixture. This will give your cocktail a fun, colorful rim! Combine grapefruit juice, sugar, and lime juice so that the sugar dissolves. Then add in the tequila and shake over ice. Pour into your glass with an ice cube and top with club soda. Enjoy!
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Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve been baking wayyy more than usual and I’m not mad about it. Today I wanted to share the absolute BEST chocolate chip cookie recipe ever with you! I found this recipe years ago when I was living in LA, and have never looked back. It’s the only chocolate chip cookie recipe I’ll ever make! BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe1 cup unsalted butter softened (2 sticks)1 cup white sugar1 cup brown sugar (dark or light doesn’t make a difference)2 eggs2 tsp vanilla extract1 tsp baking soda2 tsp hot water1/4 tsp salt3 cups all purpose flour2 cups chocolate chips FYI this makes A LOT of cookies, so I often halve the recipe. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg one by one, then stir in the vanilla. Dissolve the baking soda in the hot water and add to the batter. Stir in the salt, flour, and chocolate chips. (I like to make my own chocolate chips and cut my favorite chocolate bars into big chunky pieces!) Scoop spoonfuls onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Enjoy! Cozy Outfit At HomeRemind me never to wear white again while baking with chocolate? LOL Luckily my pants made it out unscathed!!! Anyways, I’ve been living in sweatpants, so I thought I’d put on real pants for a few hours and it honestly felt so good. I felt more put together, but still comfortable. These white denim jeans from Walmart’s Fashion section have so much stretch to them and run true to size. I paired them with my favorite henley also from Walmart (they really do have the best basics!) I’m wearing a size small here. I also love pairing a simple cardigan over a plain white T, and can’t say enough good things about this one. I own it in grey, black, and this taupe color. I’m also eyeing this pretty knit one for spring and summer. I love the look of a light knit over a white sundress. A few other pieces I love from Walmart’s Fashion section are this classic tote (I bought it for my sister’s bachelorette party over the summer and have gotten so much use out of it), these terry joggers, this casual hoodie, and these gorgeous gold lace up sandals. I also have my eye on this light blue floral dress and this fun denim jumpsuit.
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