Max La Manna is a chef and zero waste advocate. In practical terms that means he is doing everything he can to reduce his impact on the planet and helping others do the same.

“I’m always looking for ways of creating the lowest impact possible- consumption and waste wise. It could be a reusable water bottle, walking instead of driving or turning the tap off while brushing our teeth. These are small actions we can make in our daily lives immediately to live a life of less waste.” Says Max.

A life of advocacy and mindfulness starts, as you might imagine, early.

Max LaManna vegan porridge

Early riser

When does your alarm go off?

I have a soft light similar to the sun rising that wakes me up at 6AM. I’m practicing waking up earlier though.

And what actually wakes you up?

After taking a cold shower and drinking hot water, I will meditate for 20 minutes and finish it off with a few yoga poses and stretches or by reading a book for 10-15 minutes. 

Do you eat breakfast?

I’ll soak some porridge oats and eat breakfast around 10/10:30AM.  Adding a banana, peanut butter, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, maple syrup and a pinch of salt, anything really that is around for me to eat – nothing ever goes to waste.

Brush work

Do you have a grooming routine?

I normally dry-brush in the morning — this is something that I’ve been doing now for the past 4 years and feel that it’s very beneficial for my overall health.  I also cleanse my face in the morning and at night before bed with natural ingredients. 

And a work out?

Each day I try to get into a little yoga or take a class.  If I don’t do yoga, I need some type of movement to get my heart rate pumping.  I’ve been taking classes at a gym in London, which focuses on and around the TRX equipment. 

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Routine morning

Do you stick to a routine when you’re travelling?

I need my morning routine everyday, so if I’m jet-lagged or overslept, I will get it done, but will listen to my body and take it easy. This sets me up for success each day.

Cold showers aside, what helps your morning productivity?

I turn my phone off two-hours before bed and read a book or journal before falling asleep.  In the morning, I keep my phone off for as long as possible.  It’s so easy to get lost in endless notifications that we forget what’s most important.

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