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In Her Shoes: Stephanie Morish

Stephanie Morish, Holistic Nutrition Consultant + Health Coach, shares her daily routine, favorite non-toxic products and healthy eating advice in this inspiring interview.

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Welcome to our brand new series on Root + Revel: In Her Shoes, inspiring interviews with influential experts in health, nutrition and lifestyle. Whenever I meet healthy, beautiful, successful women, I’m always dying to know what it’s like to walk in their shoes. What do they eat? What products do they use? What’s their routine? I’m obsessed with other peoples’ stories and love sharing uplifting women with you all!

 In Her Shoes provides inspiring interviews with influential health experts, like Stephanie Morish, Holistic Nutrition Consultant + Health Coach. | rootandrevel.com

Up first, Stephanie Morish, a certified holistic nutrition consultant and natural foods chef.

Getting to Know Stephanie Morish

I first “met” Stephanie after reading an awesome interview with her on Flo Living. She and I had so much in common, from our symptoms to our interests, and when I clicked over to her website, I was beyond impressed. Not only does she have incredible certifications from renowned schools and programs, like the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and the Nutrition Therapy Institute, but she’s lived all over the world, from New York to Australia (where she studied Ayurveda) to Thailand (where she studied yoga) and now Denver. What a life!

Today, Stephanie owns her own nutrition consulting business, where she helps her clients achieve greater health, vitality and balance without deprivation or extremes. “I believe in a holistic approach to health and healing, and insist that there is no “one plan fits all” when it comes to achieving health and wellness goals,” admits Stephanie, who provides personalized nutrition and lifestyle coaching packages to support clients in developing healthy and sustainable eating and exercise habits.

If you need help improving digestion, blood sugar and other hormonal imbalances or want to kick your sugar cravings or lose weight, Stephanie is your gal! To wit, this series will show you what it’s like to spend a day walking in her shoes.

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Stephanie Morish, Holistic Nutrition Consultant + Health Coach, shares her daily routine, favorite non-toxic products and healthy eating advice in this inspiring interview.

What are the first 30 minutes of your day like?  

I try to wake up without an alarm. The days when I go to bed at 10 p.m. and wake up between 6 and 7 a.m. are the ones I feel best rested and rejuvenated. This doesn’t happen every morning but when it does, it’s just the best!

I head directly to the bathroom to use my tongue scraper. Ever heard of it? It’s pretty awesome, and checking out your tongue every morning is great way to assess the state of your health (gut). For example, a white coating indicates too much carbs and sugar.

Then I head for the kitchen to put the kettle on to boil. I have a mug of warm water with the juice of ½ lemon every morning. I love it. I’ve even been known to bring lemons with me when I travel.

After drinking my lemon water, I turn on some dance party jams and jump on my Rebounder for about five minutes to get my blood pumping. It’s a fun (and kind of hilarious) way to wake up. Jumping on a Rebounder is amazing for flushing the lymphatic system!

Shower time! What are your go-to products?

I take a bath about once a week to relax and unwind in the evenings. I grab a magazine, light some candles, pour in the Epsom salts and lavender essential oils, and it’s half an hour of ultimate “me time.” So good.

In the shower, I use Andalou Naturals Lavender shampoo and conditioner, and Dr. Bronner’s lavender pure castile soap. Clearly I hate the smell of lavender 😉

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What’s your typical breakfast? 

I like to roll with the seasons when it comes to meals, particularly breakfast, so in the winter I’m definitely more inclined to have a warm breakfast than a smoothie, which is perfect in summer.

So a typical winter breakfast for me is an egg and chia seed scramble with greens (kale, spinach, chard, cilantro or parsley) and sweet potato. I always have a ¼ of an avocado and 1 tablespoon of fermented veggies on the side.

If it’s not an egg day, then I do oatmeal or quinoa porridge, made with almond milk and cinnamon. I sprinkle in a seed mix (chia, ground flax, pumpkin, hemp, sunflower) for protein and crunch and a tablespoon of coconut oil or coconut butter for healthy fats.

Are you a tea or coffee drinker? 

Definitely tea. Coffee makes me feel like a spaz! For the most part, I drink herbal tea. Some of my favorites are Organic India tulsi (holy basil), roasted dandelion root, ginger and Blue Lotus rooibos masala chai. I also love a chamomile or Yogi bedtime tea in the evenings after dinner.

Throughout the day, I sip on plain hot water. In the cooler months, I find it tough to drink chilled water because I’m always cold. I have one of those S’well water bottles, which I fill with boiled water in the morning and continually pour into my desk mug all day! FYI, room temperature to warm water is more easily absorbed by the body, and therefore more hydrating than cold. In Ayurveda, ice cold water is a big no-no!

For delicious drinkable probiotics, I drink coconut water kefir (Kevita) and kombucha, too. I limit myself to about 4 oz. as any more than that can be a bit bloating due to the carbonation.

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Stephanie Morish, Holistic Nutrition Consultant + Health Coach, shares her daily routine, favorite non-toxic products and healthy eating advice in this inspiring interview.

What’s your exercise routine?

I love to exercise and try to do something physically active every day. My day starts with 5-10 minutes of jumping on the Rebounder, so I’ve got that under my belt before the day really gets going. Depending on how I’m feeling, I choose to go on a run, do a barre or yoga class, or do a walk outside with a friend. As my schedule is based around client appointments, I fit in my workout either before breakfast, before lunch or early evening.

Time to get ready! What are your go-to beauty and skincare products?

Naturopathica has an awesome line of botanical skincare products. I use their Aloe Cleansing Gel to wash my face. And I love their Sweet Cherry Brightening Enzyme Peel for weekly exfoliating. It smells so good, I almost want to lick it off…which I could probably do since it has such clean ingredients!

I use Evan Healy facial tonic and day moisturizer. In the evenings, after cleansing, I apply a few drops of vitamin-C serum (or this Eminence serum) followed by 99% aloe vera gel. For deodorant, I make my own by mixing up equal parts coconut oil and baking soda in a mason jar and stirring in– you guessed it!–lavender essential oil.

As for makeup, I recently did a big overhaul, trading in all my Bobbi Brown stuff for organic, mineral makeup. I love Alima Pure’s mineral powders, like bronzer and blush, and Jane Iredale eye-shadows and liners. Ilia Beauty and Dr. Hauschka both have great, non-toxic mascaras.

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What’s in your medicine cabinet?

I take supplements, but I am of the mentality that supplements are exactly that–supplemental to a nutritious diet. You certainly can’t eat a junk food diet and take a multi-vitamin and think you’re good to go! That said, there are various vitamins and minerals that are difficult to obtain from the diet and therefore I top up with some key supplements.

I take Thorne Research Basic B-complex, Pure Encapsulations Magnesium citrate, Green Pasture fermented cod liver oil, Standard Process inositolMega Omega, Liquid Sun Vitamin D3 and Axe Naturals live probiotics (with 50 billion CFU per serving and includes soil based organisms). I also take a few Ayurvedic herbs, like Ashwagandha, Turmeric Plus, Sugar Destroyer and Liver Repair.

Stephanie Morish, Holistic Nutrition Consultant + Health Coach, shares her daily routine, favorite non-toxic products and healthy eating advice in this inspiring interview.

What are some of your favorite on-the-go snacks?

I’m not a big snacker, more of three-square-meals-a-day kind of girl, but if I do want a snack, I usually reach for a piece of fruit, like a green apple or grapefruit. On flights/road-trips, I always bring those Sea Snax roasted seaweed sheets. They really are “strangely addicting”, just like the packaging says. They’re a yummy way to get some mineral-rich sea veggies into my diet.

Also, I’ll almost always throw a few healthy snack bars into my suitcase…for hangry emergencies! My faves are less than 5 grams of sugar per bar, like GiveBar. Snack bars are definitely not something I recommend people eat regularly. They are for when you’re in a bind, like an airport/road trip/on the slopes. Almost all of them have at least an ingredient or two I would prefer wasn’t in there, but I concede because it is only a ‘once in a while’ kind of thing.

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What’s a typical lunch like for you? 

Lunch is usually a hodge-podge of dinner leftovers. I am a big believer in making lunch the biggest, most nutrient-dense meal of the day–it’s something I teach all my clients! Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. is when your digestive fire is at its peak, meaning it can digest, absorb and assimilate nutrients most efficiently. I prioritize the lunch meal, ensuring that I block out my schedule and have time to eat slowly and calmly, ideally with a little bit of time for a quick (5-10 min) walk afterward.

My rule of thumb for lunch is checking the boxes of protein, healthy fat, complex carb and unlimited low-starch veggies. For example, my lunch yesterday was crock-pot chicken, about 1/3 cup of millet, a handful of arugula, a serving of roasted butternut squash and a serving of roasted brussels sprouts with a two-ingredient sauce (tamari + tahini). Delicious and it kept me full until dinner.

When you’re grocery shopping, what ingredients do you avoid on the label? 

A great way to tackle the grocery store is to stay around the periphery. Stock up on tons of produce, some high-quality seafood/meat/eggs and hit the bulk aisle for nuts/seeds/grains/beans. The middle aisles are where the junk lives!

I avoid gluten, dairy, most all packaged foods and excess sugar. When buying foods with a label, I always check that it doesn’t have hydrogenated oils (soybean, canola, etc.), gums (carrageenan, guar gum), sugar (high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners), nitrates, natural or artificial flavors, and generally any ingredient that I don’t know what it is or can’t pronounce.

What’s in your pantry?

Gluten-free grains (rice, millet, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, oats) and dried beans/legumes in mason jars, an assortment of vinegars, 100 percent buckwheat soba noodles, rice cakes, gluten-free seed crackers, paleo coconut wraps, additive-free cans of coconut milk, cans of Eden Organic beans, tins of sardines and wild salmon, tons of herbal teas, coconut oil, ghee, cacao powder, medjool dates, shredded coconut, stevia, rice malt syrup, goji berries, grass-fed gelatin and vegan protein powder.

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Dinner time! If you’re eating out, what do you look for on menus to stay healthy?

I often build my meal from appetizers and side dishes, which is where a lot of the yummy veggies tend to be. I love getting to taste a few different things, rather than having to commit to, say, one (usually too large) piece of protein. I avoid things that are served on or with big hunks of bread, as well as anything that is fried or comes in a cream sauce.

What’s on your nightstand? 

A good book, a basal body temperature thermometer and an eye mask. I have to have complete darkness when I sleep so I wear an eye mask to bed. The BBT thermometer is for tracking my cycles. I take my temperature every morning and record it in the Kindara app on my phone.

The book is sometimes a health book and sometimes a pleasure read. I alternate. I recently finished re-reading To Kill A Mockingbird. Now, I’m reading The Prime by integrative neurologist, Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary. Some of my fave healthy reads are: Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life by Dr. Claudia Welch, Deep Nutrition by Dr. Cate Shanahan and WomanCode by Alisa Vitti.

Bed time! What’s your nightly routine? 

I aim to close my laptop and stop checking my phone at 9 p.m. Reason being is that blue light prevents your brain from making melatonin which is the hormone responsible for making you sleepy.

I’ll go and make a bedtime tea, one that includes valerian root and passion flower, which are known to relieve stress and anxiety and induce a feeling of calm. I’ll also take a magnesium citrate supplement, which helps my muscles relax and assists with sleeping through the night without needing to get up to pee.

I try to get in bed by 9:30 p.m. so I’ve got time to put my legs up the wall (in this case, the headboard) for 5-10 minutes and a bit of time to read before lights out at 10 p.m. Putting your legs above your heart, otherwise known as viparita karani, is a restorative, inverted yoga pose, stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which is our ‘rest and digest’ nervous system. It tells your body that you are safe and therefore provides stress and anxiety relief. It’s also really great for lower back pain, headaches, and any cramping/swelling in the lower body. It’s a great opportunity to chill and focus on your breath. A two-in-one on the stress management front!

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Guilty pleasure?

Watching the Kardashians on Hulu. Ha! We don’t have cable and I only turn on the TV once or twice a week. When I do, I shamelessly enjoy binge watching KUWTK. It’s so mind-numbing, which is what I need sometimes after a long day of seeing clients.

Favorite healthy indulgence?

In winter, my Superfood Hot Chocolate. In summer, Cows Gone Coconut coconut milk ice cream.

 In Her Shoes provides inspiring interviews with influential health experts, like Stephanie Morish, Holistic Nutrition Consultant + Health Coach. | rootandrevel.com

Favorite food that everyone needs to try?

Gelatin gummies! Gelatin is protein derived from collagen which is obtained from the “odd bits” and tough cuts of meat that contain a lot of connective tissue. Sounds a bit gross, but bear with me as it has amazing health benefits! It improves gut integrity and digestive strength, makes your skin and hair healthy and beautiful, protects your joints, and helps you sleep!

Bone broth is the original gelatin source and something I make often. But a great short cut to getting a dose of healing gelatin is by eating grass-fed gelatin gummies. I make all different flavors from coconut chai to chocolate to any type of fruit. Here’s a recipe for Raspberry-Lemon Gummies:

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5 from 1 vote
Servings: 8
Raspberry-Lemon Gelatin Gummies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 
In Her Shoes with Stephanie Morish, Holistic Nutrition Consultant + Health Coach. This is Stephanie's recipe for gut-healing gelatin gummies.
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Combine raspberries, lemon juice and coconut water in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour mixture into a 2-cup measuring cup and stir in a few drops of stevia.
  3. Pour 1 1/2 cups of sweetened mixture into a saucepan over medium-high heat, reserving the remaining mixture. Heat mixture until hot, but not boiling.
  4. Add gelatin powder to the reserved mixture and allow to sit for 1 minute. Pour the heated mixture back into the measuring cup and stir until the gelatin fully dissolves.
  5. Pour the mixture into ice cube trays or a small baking dish and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or until firm. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes
If you used the baking dish to refrigerate gummies, cut into bite-sized squares before eating.
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Calories: 23 kcal
Author: Stephanie Morish | stephaniemorish.com

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3 comments on “In Her Shoes: Stephanie Morish”

  1. Love the idea of making homemade gummies! Definitely going to try this 🙂

  2. What an awesome series! I just love Stephanie and was so charmed with her while I knew her in Richmond, VA. She’s such an wealth of knowledge – thanks for sharing this lovely interview!

    • Thanks, Lindsay. I love Stephanie, too, and am so glad to be able to share her story here. I hope you’ll tune in for future In Her Shoes stories and more here on R+R 🙂