Just another day in the life with Nutritious Life’s Keri Glassman.
Getting a sneak peek inside the daily routines of the people who make up the wellness industry is something that never gets old for us (we’re a nosy bunch). We want to know everything from their favorite way to sweat it out in the morning to what they snack on come 3 PM, and what their wind-down evening routine entails. Which is why we were all ears when Keri Glassman, founder of Nutritious Life, let us in on what a typical 24 hours looks like for her—hint: yoga running, breakfast buffets, lavender sea-salt baths, and bedtime reading. And then, after seeing everything she manages to fit in from the moment she hits the ground running at 5:30 AM (yes, we feel even more ridiculous about our alarm snoozing habits) to lights-out at 11 PM, we’re all a little more inclined to believe that whole early-bird-gets-the-worm thing.
I’m an early riser and always have been—I’m actually one of those people that night owls love to hate. I am in my element before the sun comes up! I love my morning time and need it to have not only a productive day, but also a happy day.
When I wake up I usually have a large glass of water with lemon (sometimes hot, sometimes
cold). Then I make coffee, which is usually organic, and I add unsweetened almond milk or whole organic milk. I don’t love drinking coffee on an empty stomach, so I’ll have a teaspoon of nut butter, too. Then, I do something for me, because if I don’t squeeze it in, it’s not happening! I may read a book, sit and do nothing, go for a short walk. Then, I plow through one or two things on my to-do list. My dad always instilled in me that I could do anything if I worked hard, so this is the time of day, as an entrepreneur, I get fired up to make things happen.
After I’ve gotten the few things crossed off my to-do list, I take time to foam-roll and then meditate. Meditation is something I try so hard to be consistent with and this year I’m really working on doing it daily, even if it’s very short. I’m not a natural meditator—and trust me, if I can do it, anyone can!
I wake my daughter up and we have snuggles for five minutes. Then I start to make breakfast for my son and daughter and pack lunches for school, then somehow I blink and 20 minutes have gone by. Normally breakfast for my son is a smoothie or smoothie and eggs, and for my daughter scrambled eggs or french toast. The smoothie is organic chocolate milk, chocolate protein powder, banana, 1⁄3 avocado, spinach, and natural organic peanut butter. When I make eggs I often add smoked salmon to add a boost of omega 3s. I also always put some kind of fruit out for both of them. Breakfast is the one time of day I don’t mind being a short-order cook—it’s the important meal to me.
We eat breakfast together. My boyfriend jokes that we have a full-on buffet every morning. It’s not quite a buffet, but I’m a big breakfast person. I like starting the day spending time with my kids and I have peace of mind knowing that even if they eat terribly at school (yes, I’m cringing), they are loaded up with a lot of the nutrients from breakfast. My own breakfast is oftentimes that same salmon-and-egg scramble (and I throw whatever leftover veggies I have from the night before in, too) or a smoothie or avocado toast. And if I make it pretty enough for an Instagram snap, then bonus. This is my go-to smoothie that I add a scoop of collagen peptides and maca powder to. I also take an omega 3, probiotic, B12, and ashwagandha supplement every morning.
After dropping my daughter at school and my son leaving for the bus, on most days I squeeze in a workout. If I have an earlier start for work, I’ll complete my workout first thing after waking up. I really try to get it in some way, shape, or form—even if it’s just a 20-minute tabata in the gym in my building. But to be honest, I’m an outdoor girl all the way when the weather cooperates. Running is my therapy and favorite sweat. I like to talk, but running is a time when I zone out, think, and clear my mind, and it gives me an excuse to indulge in my sneaker collection! It’s not as grand as it once was before I lived in New York City, but we all know I’m one of the few New Yorkers that actually uses their oven for food, not shoe storage, so I have to keep it in check!
When I have to take it indoors, I go for HIIT classes at Exceed fitness, and also slow classes where shoes aren’t required. I crave no-sneaker workouts in the winter, my favorites are SLT and Y7 Yoga.
Post-workout, I’m drinking water with lemon all day. I also fill my water bottle with a scoop of green powder. I’m a snacker and around this time I’ll have a small handful of nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans, or Brazil).
I need to be at the studio for hair and makeup to film a TV segment on probiotic foods, and edit my latest book in the green room while waiting to go on.
On the way to meet my accountant, I have a call from the taxi with the entire Nutritious Life team to go over details for our next event. Then it’s all numbers and forms and taxes to take care of the important (but oh, so boring!) details of running Nutritious Life. I always want to get back to the food and the fun stuff!
My days are generally packed, but I almost never miss a meal. Lunch when I’m at home is some kind of fresh leafy green, loads of veggies (if I’m home I’ll add whatever I have in the fridge), a lean protein (salmon, chicken, chickpeas), and a healthy fat (avocado, hemp seeds, chopped nuts, or olive oil in my dressing).
I prepare for an upcoming live chat I’m hosting and connect with some other amazing people in the wellness world to figure out our next collaboration. Collaborating with other passionate people in the industry is one of my most fave parts of my job. I’ll host the live chat and check in with some of my students in The Nutrition School, which is my online certification program where I teach nutrition, counseling techniques, and marketing strategies to those interested in starting, building, or growing a health-and-wellness business.
It’s my biggest passion to help others and the community of TNS alumni are just...beyond. I can’t say enough about how proud of all of them I am. I then see a client who is coming for help with her digestion issues, and help her get back on track to a healthy diet (and lose a few pounds to boot!).
Snack time! Green tea and apple and peanut butter, or 2 tbsp hummus and endive, or a couple grass-fed meatballs, or a cup of butternut squash soup I’m testing. I try to use the end of the day as editing time, research time, callback time, and tie-up-loose-ends time. I’ve never made it to the bottom of my to-do list in one day—but I wake up every day and try again.
I try to eat at home as much as possible, but I live in New York City, so dining out is just part of daily life. When I do stay in, it’s always two veggies, raw and cooked. For example, roasted cauliflower, and raw carrots and yellow peppers. For the protein, grass-fed steak, wild salmon, or other fish, or chicken cooked simply with herbs and spices. I will pair that with a starch such as farro or sweet potato. When I go out to dinner, I use it as an opportunity to try dishes that I may not make at home, but I also stick to veggies, veggies, and lean protein (meaning I leave the starchy sides for making myself at home).
It’s time to start winding down. I use a cleanser such as Juice Beauty or Tata Harper, and use squalane oil every night. I always take off my makeup to go to sleep with a fresh clean face, and sometimes I’ll treat myself to a lavender sea-salt bath. Then I get in bed and read a book. My bookshelves are filled with books on business, health, spirituality, and parenting. More often than not I’m in the middle of two at once. Right now is UnSelfie by Dr. Michele Borba and Good to Great by James Collins. I really try and practice everything I preach, and most nights I go to bed feeling pretty successful at that. Pre-cuddling up in bed, I drink chamomile tea and take a magnesium supplement that helps with relaxation. I’m a bad sleeper, so keeping to my bedtime routine helps.
Lights out! I start my day early, so I give myself ample time to get a restful night of sleep.