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Our New Morning Routine

March 16, 2014


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Whoa! We always feel bizarre whenever we shoot a video at home. We used to do it so often, but then we moved over to the studio when we realized that our film life/personal life balance became overrun. But shooting back in our home now gave us a bit of a nostalgic feel. And without makeup! And without showering! Without proper mics, also! Not even with good lighting! I feel like a newbie again!

Anyhow, we wanted to share what our morning routine was like. I don’t like using the phrase “New Year’s Resolution” often, because those are always destined for failure, from my experience, but our resolve to be more active definitely started in 2014. When we were in Canada and didn’t have much to do, we went to the gym all the time. And we loved it! We wanted to bring that back with us to Korea and to exercise more regularly than before. We’re doing that here as well, even though the gyms here are a lot less equipped than what we’re used to, but – still – we’re using it more than before.

Also, our morning routine has changed a lot since our Day in a Life video. Our breakfasts now have changed quite a bit. I know people say that you should eat a big breakfast because it’s better for you, and you eat less throughout the day as a result, such and such, but we don’t really do that. Since we work out in the morning, we find that eating a lot for breakfast really makes us more sluggish in the gym. So we just eat powerballs and protein shakes and coffee and juice, really. Once we’re in the studio is when we eat a bigger meal.

One of the things we cut out in the video is my ramble about the importance of water. That’s really the first thing I do in the morning. Wake up, go right to the fridge and down a big glass of water. I’ve read so often lately about the importance of hydration, and about how drinking more water makes you sharper during the day and less piggy-ish when you’re eating. Having water right away in the morning gets your brain juices flowing and your metabolism firing, so…I do it.

Afterwards is when the preparations for Martina’s awakening take place. Another thing you didn’t see in the video is that I’ll make the coffee, and then pour a mug for Martina, and I’ll wake her up by going over to her sleeping in bed and blowing the coffee aromas at her and trying to wake her up that way. Go ahead and puke rainbows! I’m a caring husband! Mornings are really difficult for Martina, not because she’s a lazy fartsucker, but because sleeping is really painful if you have EDS like she does. She wakes up a lot more when she sleeps than most people because she has to relocate her joints, so she’s never really had a full-night’s sleep. I’ll do what I can to make her mornings as easy as possible. Coffee helps transition into her awakening :D

The Powerballs we make are lovely and we highly recommend you give them a shot. Here’s our recipe for them


First put the coconut in the oven to toast, then do all the other mixing.  But don’t forget about it and burn it like I always do.

– 2 cups old fashioned Gluten Free Oats
– 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
– 1/2 cup chia seeds
– 1 cup slivered almonds
(or Instead of a full cup of almonds, add half almonds, half protein powder)
– 2 Tbs goji berries
– 1/4 cup Cacao Nibs
– 1 1/2 cup toasted coconut flakes

In a giant bowl, mix all that dry good stuff together. Once it’s all evenly distributed:

Blend In:
– 1/2 cup honey
– 1 1/2 cup peanut butter
You can use other butters instead, like almond butter, peanut/pecan butter, etc

Mix the dry stuff with the honey and butter until the whole thing is solid enough to make a ball that won’t fall apart. You might find that the mixture’s too dry, in which case we just add some more honey until it becomes more solid.

– Handful of raw sunflower seeds
– Handful of green pumpkin seeds
– Handful of chocolate chips

We usually put these three into one of those Magic Bullet thingies and grind them up into a powder. We use this to coat the balls.

That’s it! The chocolate chips are on the outside rather than mixed in, so that the first thing you taste is a bit of sweetness.

The powerballs are very dense and require a lot of chewing. They’re delicious, but they don’t dissolve in your mouth like junk food. We wash down each bite with some coffee. We also take these to the studio with us so we can have a quick snack from time to time.

Yeah! So that’s our Powerball recipe. They’re great. Hope you like them as well!

Anyhow, we also make different juices in the morning, as you can see. They’re mostly mixtures of Spinach and lemon with different additions, most of the time apple and ginger, though we oftentimes use oranges and carrots as well. We use a Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer and we really love it. We wanted a juicer that could juice green stuff, like spinach, and we didn’t realize that not all juicers can do that. So if you’re interested in juicing greens, this is the juicer for you.

A while ago, Martina went to this health food class in Toronto in which she learned about the Spinach/Lemon/Apple combo, but – back then – it was done in a blender. Meaning, you ate as much as you drank. We did that for a while, and if you don’t have a juicer putting that all into a blender with a bunch of ice water makes for a healthy drink as well, it just wasn’t…great. We just prefer something easier to drink that doesn’t fill us up as much as the bodies of lemon, apple and spinach do, you know? Though, we sometimes take some of the spinach pulp from our juicer and mix it in with our juices if we feel we aren’t getting enough fibre. Not all the time. We’re torn. Let us know what you think!

EDIT: Martina here! I wanted to add that I found a recipe online for taking the veggie pulp and making flaxseed veggie crackers! I’ll let you know how it is once I do it! I already used our juicer to make homemade tofu and soy milk!!! Amazing right?!!

Another thing I know some people might get confused by: our coffee is a French Press, but we call it a Bodum. That’s like calling a tissue a Kleenex. You can use any French Press you want, of course, but we like using the Bodum. We’ve used other ones before and we find that the metal warps over time, and then you get coffee grains floating in your coffee after a while. We haven’t had that issue with the Bodum. We still hate cleaning it, though. Getting rid of the grinds you can only do with water, but I don’t want to dump all the grinds down the sink, so we have to go to the bathroom, fill the bodum with water, and then toss the water with the grinds down the toilet. It’s the only dish we have that can’t be washed in the kitchen. Blarrrggg!

Lastly, we didn’t share our workout routine because that wouldn’t really make for a good video. We see on the front page of Instagram all the time these videos of superbuff people with giant boobs doing these insane workouts with smiles on their faces. We’re not that fit. Working out for us is gruelling with lots of sweat and not enough air to breathe in to form sentences. We don’t do Crossfit; if we did, you’d hear us talk about it all the time ;) But I started getting into running, and run 3-6 miles per run, 4-5 times a week. I’m not by any means fast. I’m sweaty and sore most of the time, but I’m doing my best to get good at running.

So that’s it for our morning routines! Hope you weren’t too bored with this little slice of our lives. You see us most of the time going out and playing around in Korea, but you never really see what we do for the first couple of hours of our days. Hope you found it somewhat interesting, and you can see a bit more of what makes us tick :D

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    6 years ago
  2. I don’t know about the apples in your country but organic apples in my country (Netherlands) aren’t as organic as it looks like. I know someone that’s allergic to both the organic apples and the other apples in the supermarket because of the pesticides they put on those apples (fruit). But when he eats an apple from his own apple tree without all the poison he can eat it without a problem. So in other words nothing is as organic as it always seems to be.
    You better eat your own fruit in your own garden then all that fake organic stuff. >_>

    6 years ago
  3. good reason for me to simply do pilates (the soreness is worth it,ok?) xD

    6 years ago
  4. Very cool i alternate between juicing and smoothies. I have a an omega 350 vrt slow masticating juicer and just love it.

    6 years ago
  5. Nice :D I might try your juice though I’m gonna make it on a blender, hope it’s not going to taste weird. I haven’t been regularly eating healthy and exercising so this video is a good reminder to get me back on track. Healthy living, fighting! :D

    6 years ago
  6. Question for Simon; when you say you are running (and you live in the middle of Seoul) do you run in a park or on the sidewalk? and how does that work with not bumping into people etc? Are there many others running about in Seoul city or do you feel like the only strange foreign person jogging about while other people goes “omg what the h/%& is he doing? training for a marathon?” ^^sorry I just had to ask since I always feel like a jerk if I was to be jogging on a side walk with cars running by or jogging in a park where people are sitting on benches, resting. Lots of love from Norway<3 ^^Tina

    6 years ago
    • I’m lucky that there’s a stream that connects to the river and flows by our apartment. I run along that. It’s busier on the weekends, but I never really bump into anyone. It’s only people on bikes I have to be wary of, because they zoom past often and NEVER use their bells NEVER EVER EVER.

      6 years ago
    • I think Simon goes to the gym to run, like on a tread mill (is that how you spell it?) or maybe an elliptical (again, probably not spelled, right), although I couldn’t say for sure. As a side note, is there no one running outside in Norway? Because, where I live, in Canada, people are always running along sidewalks, in the park, on trails and even on the road. Even during our winter I’ve seen people outside running, even though most cities have an abundance of gyms.

      6 years ago
      • When I lived in the capital we had people running on the sidewalk or mostly around the parks that were there, but in the more rural areas we have alot of forrest with hiking trails etc to run on, so I always feel strange if I run along the sidewalk here (i somehow never get myself into the forrest, maybe i should) it usually only marathon runners or sports people that do that. Other poeple run on treadmills or in the forrests/nature.

        6 years ago
  7. Are the powerballs possible without the coconut? (As I hear a collective internet gasp) Because no matter how much I try it, I’ve never liked coconut and whenever I even detect it in anything I’m about to eat I lose my appetite. But the powerballs look really good and like an awesome idea.

    6 years ago
    • Me neither, is it the texture for you? Because I just don’t like the texture but can cook with coconut oil…

      6 years ago
      • Interesting. I’m the opposite, I don’t mind dessicated coconut etc but the smell of coconut oil, especially if its heated makes me want to hurl.

        6 years ago
      • I think it really is just the taste for me, because I’m not all too fond of coconut oil either, but I’ll still eat something with coconut oil. I just prefer something that doesn’t make my savory food taste, I dunno, so sweet? Coconutty? But I understand where you’re coming from with the texture thing, I have many foods I don’t like because of texture. First thing that comes to mind is mashed potatoes. I love potatoes otherwise, but they’re just too creamy for me and I always have to eat them with a bite of something else to have a more solid texture. Plus potatoes taste awesome in combos anyway :D

        6 years ago
        • D: that sounds awful, because peanuts are in a lot of places. I don’t know if it’s an intolerance because I don’t really mind the smell or having a piece mixed into something by accident, it’s just one of those things that I honestly don’t like the flavor of it, and I’m sure everybody has SOME food that they just don’t like and won’t ever like. But I am lactose intolerant so who knows what other food intolerances I could have XD

          6 years ago
  8. You guys watch Archer! (the lot of you just went up in my respect-o-meter again) I’ve been introducing it to everyone and their great aunt. Really enjoyed this video and will definitely try the powerball recipe soon, thank you!

    6 years ago
  9. Hey there! This was really interesting and makes me feel good about my routine too which isn’t too different. I’ve never really discussed mine with peeps so I’m glad to see that something similar to mine works for other people too. Unfortunately I’m a corporate IT wizard, so I have to save doing a real workout until after work, but I get a little half hour bodyweight workout in before breakfast AND IT TURNS MY BRAIN ON! Astounding! If I don’t, I work with the mental capacity of 3 1/2 amoebas until about midday. (Not good for fighting in the IT wars!)

    Do you guys tend to want to eat all the things at nighttime? I usually do bikram yoga or cardio at the gym after work, and it turns me into a ravenous pig, who craves utter utter filth.

    Thanks for sharing!

    6 years ago