How I start my morning: I chug a pint of water. If I don’t, I won’t have as much energy throughout the day. I’m not a big coffee drinker, but every once in a while I’ll have a cup with French vanilla soy creamer.
> What I eat for breakfast: A protein smoothie bowl. I blend two frozen bananas, a cup each of frozen mango and peaches, half an avocado and two bundles of kale. The tricky part is to keep it super thick, so I only add a bit of water and orange juice as I go. Then I top it off with fresh fruit, shredded coconut, chia seeds and almond butter.
How I like to exercise: I usually stretch for about 10 minutes, then hop on the treadmill for a mile or two. I always run first because it warms up my whole body. I do a lot of workouts using my own bodyweight: planks, sit-ups, burpees, lunges and leg lifts.
My favorite workout class: Kickboxing, hands down — I go to U.S. Elite Martial Arts & Fitness Center (4210 N. Arlington Heights, Arlington Heights). It’s a great way to burn fat since it’s such a high intensity workout.
< My beauty routine: I prep my skin with Mario Badescu’s facial spray with aloe, herb and rosewater ($7, Ulta stores citywide; Ulta.com). I love the way it smells and it helps achieve a natural glow. I’ll then use Too Faced’s Chocolate Soleil matte bronzer ($30; Ulta.com), L’Oréal Telescopic mascara ($9.99; Ulta.com) and NARS’ highlighting blush in Albatross ($30, Nordstrom, 55 E. Grand; Shop.nordstrom.com). I’m into the “less is more” look.
My secret beauty trick: Put lotion in your hair. I know it sounds crazy, but when I slick back my hair or do a ponytail, it holds everything down and looks super elegant.
My routine before bed: The one thing I will never forgot to do is to take my makeup off. I always wash my face before bed. I’ll get a pint of water ready for when I wake up, too.
On being vegan: Before I went vegan six months ago, I had already cut out a majority of dairy and meat, but I was still eating cheese, yogurt and chicken. I decided to try going vegan for a week to see how my body felt — it turns out, it loved a plant-based diet. I have so much more energy now. I try to stay away from soy, but I love tofu. For lunch I’ll make a lettuce wrap with vegetables and avocado and for dinner I’ll have a vegetable stir fry with some type of grain, like rice or quinoa.
> My guilty pleasure: The vegan milkshakes from Chicago Diner (3411 N. Halsted) are to die for.
When I’m on vacation, I stay healthy by: Working out in the morning or even just doing a few yoga stretches to get my body moving for the day. A vacation really allows me to just relax and not worry about anything — I think it’s one of the healthiest things.
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