I am so happy to be sharing something a little different today, hope you will love it! I have started a new interview series featuring some of my favorite bloggers and lovely ladies that I look up to. It’s a fun way to learn about other healthy lifestyle bloggers who share the same interests we do. Vegan or not, everyone I will feature believes in living a whole, balanced lifestyle filled with real, organic foods, lots of fruits and veggies, regular exercise and plenty of sleep.
Today I am featuring my sweet friend, Kristi, from The Glow Life! We connected on instagram when I first started blogging and share a mutual love for that special “glow” that shows through with optimal nutrition. I love her site and her outlook on life! She shares her “Glow Potion” Recipe with us (super delish) and how The Glow Life came to be. Also, I’m superrr jealous she lives in Cali, if you have been reading my blog for a while, you know I have always dreamed of living in Cali. The lifestyle, the weather, the beaches, the FRESH fruits and vegetables.. Ahhhh. I will get there 🙂
And here’s Kristi! Pretty lady!
I’m Kristi – CEO of The Glow Life (www.discoverglowlife.com). I am a nutritionist, wannabee chef and transformation specialist!
Tell us about your transformation to a healthy lifestyle and how The Glow Life came to be.
To be honest, my transformation happened a lot later than I would have liked! After suffering from an eating disorder through high school and medicals scares galore, I decided to wake up and smell the green smoothies! The last 3-4 years of my life were dedicated to discovering exactly what my body loves when it comes to food, fuel, and self-care!
The Glow Life was born out of pure passion for vibrant living and dedication to conquering my health. I am completely obsessed with helping others find what makes their spirits sing and what foods work with their bodies! It’s truly the best feeling to wake up feeling amazing every single day and I want everyone to feel that!
Daily inspiration/motivation to live healthy?
My dad taught me that hard work and a smile goes a long way. He is one of the happiest people I know and truly loves the simple things in life. I promise to never waste another day eating crap that makes me feel horrible and truly live alongside the people I love the most.
The motto over at The Glow Life is “Eat well. Laugh hard.” It’s such a simple recipe to stay healthy. I am inspired by my followers (#glowlifer forever) fellow bloggers (like you) and holistic nutritionists swimming upstream with me in the health movement. It’s wonderful to know so many share the same passion for defining true health. I am also very committed to “walking my walk.” I practice what I preach and hope to set an example for everyone around me.
What’s a typical workday like for you?
It’s funny to think that what I do is actually work!
6:30am: I head straight to the kitchen to drink a full glass of water. I may add a little lemon or ginger if I’m feeling it. I spend about 30-45 minutes being with myself, packing lunch for my love, and meandering around the house (recently I have been learning to meditate!).
7:30am – 12:00pm: Checking emails, blogging, improving The Glow Life website, reaching out to inspirational entrepreneurs in the health world to collaborate with and developing my online programs that are coming soon! During this time I have a snack that consists of a piece of whole grain bread with nut butter, a green smoothie, or some fresh veggies!
Lunch: Usually leftover dinner from the night before or an insane salad I whip up real quick. I have never been a huge lunch person and prefer to graze throughout the day.
1:00pm – 4:00pm – More Glow Life! Owning your own company is quite a bit of work, but it feels so liberating and I am passionate about inspiring others so the time really flies! Again, I snack
5:00pm – 6:00pm – Hit the pavement for some exercise! Whether it is a beach run, yoga class, or simply going for a walk, I try to get moving at least an hour a day.
7:00pm and beyond: Time with my love! I cook almost every night so we enjoy a technology free dinner followed by a ton of talking and laughing. We always have so much to catch up on!
10:00pm – Lights out!
Best thing about living in Cali?!
California allows me to live the way I love and be exactly who I am. There are so many healthy restaurants, juice bars, local shops, and inspirations on every corner. It’s very typical to see a pink haired, tattooed, half-cheetah half-person on a unicycle and be like – hell yes! Plus, living by the ocean with the man of my dreams is a DREAM!
What’s your weekly workout routine?
Honestly, I just try to move any way that I can! I go with what I am feeling at the moment (typical Sagittarius). My favorites now? Power yoga, Circuit works, and beach volley!
Tell us what you typically eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
I am definitely a grazer so I eat 6-7 times a day. I found that just works better for my body!
Breakfast. overnight oats or green smoothie
Lunch: Dinner leftovers or a huge vegetable salad
Dinner: Sky’s the limit! I love turkey enchiladas, veggie chili, and pizza! It’s all about the ingredients!
CHOCOLATE, chocolate, and more chocolate! Haha! I seriously cannot thank cacao enough for existing! Theo out of Seattle makes the best chocolate bar. Plus, there’s a million bloggers out there making all kinds of crazy cocoa balls, cake pops, and freeze pops! How cool!
Would you ever consider the plant-based diet?
I am a firm believer in no one diet works for anyone. How is it even possible since we are all made up of completely different DNA?! I do however believe in insane amounts of vegetables and plant based protein in general. At the moment, I eat organic lean animal products once or twice a week but definitely could consider living without them if that’s what my body told me to do. It may happen one day!
Will you share your “Glow Potion” recipe with us?!
Absolutely! This recipe seriously saves my life all the time. Whether I am sick, traveling, or feeling blah – it’s my go-to for ramping up my body!
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 cup filtered water
1 tbsp. turmeric
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. grated ginger
1 green tea bag
Place all ingredients except tea bag in a blender and blend. Then, place the “golden” liquid in a pot over medium heat and heat until hot.
Add green tea bag and steep for 3-5 minutes.
Pour into your favorite cup and enjoy enjoy hot!
*Please choose all organic ingredients when possible*
*Feel free to add a little maple syrup to sweeten*
That looks so bright and refreshing! I need to make this Glow Potion asap!
A huge thanks to Kristi for this interview!