Whether it’s a thoughtfully prepared warm water with lemon or just a plain tall glass of water, the Santa Monica way is to start your day with hydration — this simple step can make a major difference in your skin, digestion, energy, and more, shares Kruse.
Beyond good old-fashioned H20, every person’s nutrition needs are different, but a common emphasis here is placed on eating a balanced diet of whole foods, locally sourced ingredients, and lots of fresh, vibrant fruits and veggies.
One of the easiest ways to sneak these in is through a daily smoothie, something Kruse swears by. “It holds you over, and it’s a good way to get protein,” she says. Here’s her go-to recipe when she’s at home (her own version of Kreation’s Chocolate Lover Smoothie).
- Frozen Banana
- Large scoop of almond butter or peanut butter
- 1 tbsp cacao nibs
- 1 tsp flax seeds
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 scoop plant-based chocolate protein powder
- ½ cup almond or oat milk (add more if needed)
- Optional: A date, honey, or cinnamon for extra flavor
Add all ingredients to a blender, and blend until smooth.
If you’re visiting us in Santa Monica, we suggest stopping by some of our beloved local businesses for your smoothie fix — Kruse particularly loves the smoothies offered at Dogtown Coffee, located right here in the Fairmont Miramar. Other local favorites include Nekter and Kreation, located just down the street.
While we’re on the topic of local establishments, Kruse also loves Italian hotspot Uovo just around the corner, known for their fresh pastas — because, after all, treating yourself is a vital part of overall wellness.
4. Improve your zzz’s by winding down an hour before bedtime, and avoid the snooze button in the morning.
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A revitalizing night of sleep is one of the most important elements of good health (with benefits including better immunity, stress management, and concentration, to name a few) — but that’s often easier said than done. To set yourself up for 7–9 hours of high-quality slumber, start by focusing on your nighttime routine, says Kruse.
“I like to have a sleep mask to create natural melatonin, and finding something relaxing the last hour of your evening before bed [is helpful], whatever that is for you. Lighting is important as well for not being overstimulated, so make sure [device screens are] dimmed,” she says. Of course, sinking into a supremely comfortable bed here at the Fairmont Miramar doesn’t hurt, either.
Kruse’s other trick for all-day energy requires some adjustment, but it’s worth it. “I religiously set my alarm for when I should be actually awake, so it goes off and I’m up.” Read: No snoozing (not even once). “When you’re just laying there and keep snoozing, it puts you in a foggy state,” she adds. Starting your day by getting up and at ‘em is a major key to feeling refreshed first thing.
5. Stay ahead of stress by meditating, setting daily schedules, and finding time for joy.