My Morning Routine

A Travel-Obsessed Founder’s Portable Regimen for Skin, Sleep, and Breakfast

Written by: Jean Godfrey-June


Published on: October 31, 2023


Open up a box from Methodology and prepare to feel really taken care of. Reusable glass jars hold vegetables and chicken for a dreamy pho, delicious protein snacks are boxed like chocolates, and apple-cider-vinegar-spiked shrubs come in adorable bottles that might as well be labeled “Drink me.” “I wanted to bridge the gap between food as medicine and food as pleasure,” says Julie Nguyen, the meal-delivery service’s San Francisco–based cofounder and CEO.

A Wall Street–meets–Silicon Valley career (first J.P. Morgan, then the start-up Lumosity) made Nguyen intimately familiar with the pitfalls of having no time to cook. “I really leaned into takeout,” she says, laughing. But her health suffered terribly; after trying every meal-prep and meal-delivery service and not finding one that balanced the healthy, minimally processed, gut-balancing food she needed with the deliciousness and ease she craved, Nguyen saw a white space.

Since 2015, Methodology has delivered over 3 million meals—and it’s now available nationwide. Nguyen, whose world-traveler tendencies are reflected in the wide-ranging cuisines of her recipes, runs the company from all over the world. Wherever she is—at home or in a far-flung hotel room—her routine is essentially the same, she says: “I check a bag and bring full-size products when I travel, and I do quick, easy workouts that can be done anywhere.”

5:30 a.m.

Because I’m usually asleep by 9:30 p.m., I wake up naturally by 6 a.m. most mornings, and I don’t use an alarm or book early-morning meetings or flights. This ensures I always get enough sleep. I can’t stand how I feel the next day if I don’t sleep enough—hungry, cranky, and foggy.

5:35 a.m.

Immediately I take a cold shower. I love cold exposure to put me in a good mood and wake me up. If I’m staying at a hotel that has ice baths, I do that instead (but later in the day).

5:40 a.m.

I sit by an open window for 20 minutes to get sunlight exposure to my eyes. (This also helps me sleep better.) While I’m doing this, I turn on relaxing music and write down my top three wins I need for the day, a to-do list, and a list of all the good things that happened in the last 24 hours.

6 a.m.

I do a HIIT workout using the Sweat app. I never miss a day—365 days a year. The consistency has transformed my body and given me muscle definition for the first time in my life. I’m nomadic, so I love that you can do these workouts even in a tiny hotel room with nothing but a chair. If I do have access to a gym, I add heavy weights, as well as a 30-minute walk at a 10 percent incline.

7 a.m.

I shower after I work out. I’m hooked on this shampoo—it smells so good and works up into the thickest lather—and conditioner, which leaves my hair super silky. I use both to keep my hair from going flat or frizzy.

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7:10 a.m.

My skin does best when I follow a clean diet (no gluten, dairy, refined sugar, coffee, or alcohol) and a simple clean beauty routine. I wash my face with water, then put on sunscreen and follow with serum.

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For makeup, I use Kosas Revealer concealer, as well as a neutral-colored matte eye shadow as needed. I don’t wear foundation—I want my skin to look dewy and natural.

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I curl my hair every day with a curling iron. I like how much more finished I look with curled hair, and it takes me only five minutes to do it.

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8:30 a.m.

I work from coffee shops, hotels, and members’ clubs—and I move locations every three to four weeks. I try to get to “work” by 8:30 a.m. and have a matcha or matcha latte with almond or soy milk to give me a little energy boost. I even carry my own Methodology matcha just in case wherever I’m traveling doesn’t have matcha.

10 a.m.

I have breakfast—most often Methodology egg-white frittata bites. A high-protein breakfast helps me feel less hungry all day long and helps build muscle, and the fiber from the veggies keeps my gut healthy.