My Healthy Morning: Hannah Black and Carla Perez-Gallardo - My Healthy Morning

My Healthy Morning: Hannah Black and Carla Perez-Gallardo - My Healthy Morning
From The Kitchn - October 1, 2017

Welcome to Kitchn's series My Healthy Morning, where we show you how one person greets the day in a way that makes them feel their best. Each post will chronicle how that person defines healthy for themselves, and the habits and recipes that make their morning a little bit better.

We first met Hannah Black and Carla Perez-Gallardo, the artists-turned-chefs behind Lil Deb's Oasis, a year ago this month. We were exploring Upstate New York for our Bite-Sized Guide series. We were immediately smitten with the duo and their vibrant-hued, neon-lit restaurant in Hudson, New York. Smart, sassy, and soulful are words that could be used to describe both the women, their cafe, and their home kitchen.

We checked back in with Hannah and Carla to find out what healthy looks like for two busy restaurateurs, and their idea of the perfect morning. (Sleeping in is involved.)

What Does Healthy Mean to You?

For the first year after we opened the restaurant, we ran purely on adrenaline. We practically did not eat, except for on our days offthen we would eat a lot. On days the restaurant was open, we definitely did not sit down to eat. There was always so much to do!

"Not having time" is such a modern concept. How is it possible we do not have time to take care of our bodies and do the most basic of things like eating a meal?At some point in the middle of our second summer we realizedwe needed to make time for family meal.

Family meal really started when Carla proposed trying out the Whole30 diet craze. Then we actually looked at what Whole 30 required. We scoffed and said, No way, we ca not do that. That's when "Whole40" took over. (No, Whole40 is not an official thing.)

The idea was nothing new: Take the time to eat well-rounded meals that are vegetable-forward and protein-heavyand eat them sitting down.

Importantly, we have no hard rules and there's no shame. Indulge in a glass of wine or two, yes. You want bread? Have some! We work hard, so there is no point in denying yourself of some of the small pleasures of life.

Our Healthy Morning Routine

Neither of us are morning people; that's probably why we make such a compatible team. When one of us is running late, because she snoozed too long, at least we can rest assured that the other is likely doing the same thing. "Running a little late" is a common text between us.

That being said, the responsibility, and added stress, of running a small business has set both of our clocks back a little in the morning. Most days now, we take turns on who has to open the restaurant at 9 a.m., so ideally every other morning one of us gets to come in a little later. It's important to have a little time for yourself outside of work to keep you human.


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