Lulitonix is quickly becoming one of the most popular lines of blends in NYC, for their veggie-forward smoothies with unique ingredients, and creamy life mylks — they believe in blends versus juices, for all the health benefits that come along with the meat of the fruits and veggies. Originally only available online and in select fitness studios, founder Lianna Sugarman and her Vice-Blendy (vice pres!), Paige Gregor, just opened their first brick and mortar location in Soho, so you can only imagine how crazy life has gotten for the Luli ladies recently! So what’s a Day in the Sweat Life like for Lianna and Paige? Read on…
1. What is the first thing you do when you wake up?Look at the clock (in dismay) to see how early it is. Chug a big glass of water with lemon. Heat up cold brew coffee and blend with coconut oil (I’m obsessed/addicted to this, pure crack.)
2. What is your go-to workout?
I’ve always been a cardio girl — I always mean to do more boot campy classes, but honestly it’s just not my thing. Lately I have been hitting the elliptical pretty hard - I like setting my own rhythm and curating my own playlist; I go at 5am (!!!) and I like that flexibility to schedule whenever works for me. I do like Soulcycle, and I need to get my ass back to Lyons Den, which is the most amazing yoga experience and workout.
3. What does a typical day of meals and snacks look like for you?
I really prefer to just drink blends/juices/nut mylks/elixirs during the day, and then eat a real dinner in the evening. It may go against what we were taught, but the light-to-heavy thing works best for me. I’ll have a couple of our blends, sometimes with an avocado if I’m really hungry, and with some extra boosts — turmeric, hibiscus, or amla. I love adaptogenic superfoods, and most days I’ll make myself a hot creamy superfood drink with cacao, medicinal mushrooms, and maca, blended with hot water, honey, and the coconut butter I get from CAP Beauty. (Which seriously is THE best coconut butter. In. The World.) In terms of eating when home, it’s lots of vegetables, which sounds a little boring, but I’m all about very rich sauces — tons of cashew cream sauces, oils, etc. I love fat. When out, I just eat what I want, pretty much.
4. What is your favorite indulgence?
Margaritas and Mexican food, particularly on the beach. And also... Pizza! Any pizza. All pizza. Oh God, Pizza.
5. What is your healthy living philosophy?
Well, aside from ridiculous amounts of greens, etc, on an everyday basis? It’s all so mental/emotional. We all say it, but really just balance. Perspective. Being passionate without taking yourself, or anything else, too seriously. Going after things without being overly attached to the specifics of an outcome. Having faith in things without trying to micromanage the universe. Keeping the awareness that we don’t have the ability to see a bigger picture from where we are right now, and that infinite surprises can be around every corner. Trying to avoid judgments. Especially of yourself. Laugh, let go, don’t treat life like it’s a fucking emergency. Oh and go to the beach whenever possible!
6. Do you meditate?
Not precisely. Basically no. It’s an ongoing intention of mine. I have been doing a lot of visualizations, meditative breathing, some guided meditation and mantras, so maybe they’re gateway drugs? There is definitely a next step to a regular practice that I want to take this year, but it’s certainly still more an aspiration than a reality.
7. What can we find in your gym bag?
Mio gym wipes, Butter Elixir lip balm (the best!), Brooklyn Beach Hair, Josie Maran Argan Oil, and the CAPtivator energy mist by CAP Beauty. It is the most insanely addictive scent, energizes you and — apparently — boosts your magical powers (!). Also, it makes you smell really good, which is really never a bad thing. Also, breath spray, and eucalyptus essential oil — it gives this burst of energy that’s almost headrushy.
9. What is the last thing you do before you go to bed?
Grab my cat and try to cajole him to come to bed.
10. What or who inspires you?
Courage, Courage, Courage, doing shit that scares you, and anyone who navigates the world — especially choppy waters — with kindness, grace and humor.