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Wellness
Published Thursday Mar 08, 2018 by Erica Arvanitis

5 Nutritionists We’re Crushing On, Thanks to Instagram

Nutrition
Food

If you’re bored with the same old meal prep, the solution might be as simple as tapping the “Follow” button. In honor of all things wellness (and your well-being), we encourage you to fill your feed with healthy inspiration from five badass babes who all have degrees in making dinner look real good. 


Abigail Kinnear

Abigail Kinnear


@nutritiontraveller

Corporate cutie turned eating explorer 

Combining health with travel, Kinnear’s style is off the beaten path—and that’s what we love about her. Quitting her corporate gig in New York City to travel and eat her way around the world, this nutritionist’s feed is the perfect mix of wanderlust and some serious food envy. Talk about a seasoned palate.


Christa Orecchio


Christa Orecchio

@thewholejourney 

Blonde babe on a mission to heal 

A clinical and holistic nutritionist, Orecchio’s journey is dedicated to helping people use food as medicine to heal from the root cause. The author of The Whole Journey as Medicine Cookbook and Healthy Life Handbook, this wellness guru is all about igniting the natural healing process of your mind, body, and spirit. P.s. we’re currently living for her immune-boosting Fire Cider recipe!


May Zhu


May Zhu

@nutritionhappens 

Fashion-forward food lover 

Snapping photos of everything from Tumeric Apple Drop Biscuits to her favorite Chicago treats, we’re seriously obsessed with Zhu’s chic athleisure street style—a killer wardrobe and she can cook? Teach us how! As a registered dietitian, Zhu dishes out some wellness wisdom and reminds us that (ready for some real talk?) nutrition happens when you’re a food lover, too. 


Rachael DeVaux

Rachael DeVaux


@rachaelsgoodeats 

Healthy eating expert with a side of entrepreneur 

A lover of all things health and wellness, DeVaux fills her feed with colorful eats, gorgeous views, and Insta-worthy action shots. Living her dream as a registered dietitian and personal trainer, this babe gives people the tools they need to build healthy habits and live a balanced lifestyle. And did we mention DeVaux is launching Toast Society Cafe—the very first gourmet toast and coffee bar in Las Vegas—this spring? Sign us up for the avocado toast waiting list!

 

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Kylie Mitchell


@immaeatthat

Body positive baby mama ending diet culture 

Taking the diet out of being a registered dietitian, we’re swooning over Mitchell’s body-positive message when it comes to our relationship with food. Working in eating disorder recovery in Houston, Texas, this mindful momma is here to tell you that the first rule of healthy eating is that there are no rules. Amen. 

 

Whether you’re gluten-free, vegan, or just looking to add a dash of wellness to your feed, dig into these influencers who are nailing the nutrition game! 

Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
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Erica Arvanitis
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About the author
A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.
shanila sattar
Wellness
Published Wednesday Mar 17, 2021 by Shanila Sattar

Foundational Steps to Cultivating a Daily Self-love Practice

Self-care
Expert Advice
Personal Growth
Wellness

When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do. 

How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love?

As self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.

 

Step 1: Learn to set boundaries

Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.

When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:

  • How do I feel without having boundaries?
  • What would I like to have boundaries around?
  • Are my boundaries actual boundaries or am I creating walls in my life?
  • How do I plan to uphold my boundaries?
Step 2: Cultivate self-compassion

In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect. 

Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.

When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:

  • How do I respond to stressful situations?
  • How hard am I on myself?
  • How do I celebrate myself?
  • How do I show myself kindness?
Step 3: Nourish yourself

In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.

Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion. 

When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:

  • How do I nourish my emotional well-being?
  • How do I nourish my mental well-being?
  • How do I nourish my physical well-being?
  • How do I nourish my spiritual well-being?
  • How do I nourish my social well-being?
  • How do I nourish my financial well-being?

That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain. 

If you’d like to try breathwork, mindfulness, or play classes with me, check out these workshops and training sessions that work with your schedule. For other breathwork classes, browse Mindbody.

 

About the author
Shanila is a 4th generation sound healer, breathwork coach, mentor, women’s researcher, and speaker. She is the Founder of AlwaysPlayStudios where she trains breathwork facilitators and sound healers. Her background is in tech, having co-founded an award-winning web agency, and in women’s research, specifically in mindsets, implicit bias, perfectionism, women's health, and societal experiences supported through the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and several universities. She has implemented several health and wellbeing programs in underserved populations throughout the US. Shanila mentors healers on their healing and intuitive wellness journeys. Connect: @shanila.sattar