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Welcome to My Morning Routine, where Dana James and other good-life gurus share their personal (frequently surprising, often healthy) morning rituals—to help you make your a.m.’s more awesome. 

Dana James
Founder, Food Coach 

First thing, I take my beauty pills: two Klaire Labs probiotics and two of my Collagen Activator with Sakara Life’s rose water. The probiotics are for clear skin and the collagen activator for boosting collagen. The water is infused with silica and rose for even more skin-beautifying nutrients.

Next, I do what I call nine minutes of nourishment, which is a technique I developed for my “I’m too busy to meditate” New York City women. It’s three minutes of movement such as cat and cow, followed by three minutes of gratitude, followed by three minutes of strategy for the day. This way I have movement and meditation with a to-do-list!

If I have more time, then I’ll do a 45-minute Kundalini class live-streamed from RAMA TV in Venice, California.

Then it’s coffee time! French press organic coffee with a shot of chlorophyll. It offsets the acidity of the coffee.

Next, I use a dry body brush to increase circulation and decrease cellulite (I swear it works!) before jumping in the shower. For my face, I use Tracie Martyn cleanser, NuGene stem cell serum and Susanne Kaufmann moisturizer.

After that, I make my morning smoothie. Right now it’s a papaya and bee pollen smoothie with coconut milk and my raw vegan protein powder, Beauti-fuel. I drink half of it and take the rest to work.