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Published Thursday Mar 08, 2018 by Erica Arvanitis

5 Nutritionists We’re Crushing On, Thanks to Instagram

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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! 

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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.
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Fitness
Published Friday Jul 23, 2021 by Bailey Clark

Why I’m Stoked Surfing Will Debut in the Olympics

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For the first time ever, the globe will be watching surfing take center stage at the 2020 (postponed to July 2021) Olympics. People from all over the world will be appreciating the sport, many for the first time.

This symbolizes the surfing community breaking through centuries of negative stereotypes. Though conditions play a big part in the sport, the biggest hurdle the athletes will have to overcome to see success is mental. The winner will be the one who chooses their waves wisely with their understanding of the conditions and ability to intimidate and therefore overcome components. Meanwhile, they will be challenging themselves to emerge from crashing barrels, fly into the air, and land on the shifting surface gracefully. No big deal. 

You’ve probably heard the invention of a wave pool, which creates the perfect man-made wave. In 2007, Kelly Slater founded his wave company with a passion to build the perfectly rideable wave at his surf ranch. It was debated whether the Olympics should be held in the ocean or on a manufactured wave, with many differing opinions on what would be right. The decision was made, and the event will take place in the sea, at Tsurigasaki Beach in Japan, about 40 miles east of Tokyo, where the rest of the 2021 games will be hosted.

As you watch, take a moment to reflect on the century of effort for this to happen. This initiative can be traced all the way back to the 1912 summer games that took place in Stockholm. Duke Kahanamoku, known as the father of modern surfing, won three gold medals in swimming, and while accepting his medal, he expressed that it was his dream to see surfing be added. To add fuel to the fire, International Surfing Association, recognized as the surfing world's governing authority by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), began lobbying for the inclusion of surfing in the Olympics in 1955.

The magic of surfing

Surfing is a multidimensional sport unlike any other. Nothing compares to paddling out to the serene silence that awaits beyond the breaking waves. Once you get out there, you immediately escape the many annoyances ingrained in everyday life—the constant notifications on your phone and laptop, your back-to-back schedule, answering to other people. You’re no longer on the time that your watch reads, you’re on mother nature’s time. You’re also no longer in control of your surroundings. Now, all you can do is surrender and wait for the next set to come, while trying to position yourself for when it does.

The high from catching the perfect wave is so addicting that surfers would fail on one hundred in a row just to catch that one. After you catch that perfect one, you replay it in your mind for the rest of the day.

A successful session is reliant on so many factors of mother nature—a force way bigger than us. For ideal conditions to exist, a good-sized swell must approach from the right direction, the wind must be flowing offshore, and you have to time your session right with the ebb and flow of the tide.

The sport is always teaching you life lessons. It is humbling, even if you’ve been practicing it for many years. One reason why it takes so long to master is that the conditions are going to be different every time you get out there. You might have caught a million yesterday, but today makes you feel like a kook because you can’t land one decent wave.

The community of people that you become a part of when you surf is special. A shared obsession with the ocean that brings you to dive into the water at dawn to get a session in bonds you quick. When you’re out there, you’ll find yourself interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds. People enjoy sharing the stoke of the sport. When you see someone out there teaching somebody new, you’ll encounter them cheering at the top of their lungs when they catch a good wave, and as you look around, you’ll see smiles all across the lineup. The other day, I caught a long wave in to be met with a cheering crowd of locals who frequent the spot that I do. When I got to shore, a local showed me their secret stash of hot packs to access in case I, or someone else, gets stung by a stingray when they aren’t around.

Being out in the ocean and abiding by her rules gives surfers a deep love and connection to nature. It’s common to see sea animals out there, like dolphins, stingrays, and fish. When you have an encounter, it’s a reminder that we are invading their territory. It sucks when you see trash floating in the water, or on the sand in its route to the water. It’s a sad reminder of the negative impact that humans can have on natural environments. It inspires you to pick up trash and advocate for sustainability so that we, as a collective, can take care of the beauty that we are lucky to have access to.

Tune in to see surfing break into the biggest international sporting event in the world beginning on Saturday, July 24th. 

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About the author
Bailey Clark is a serial optimist whose passion for marketing lies within creating authentic connections to make the world happier and healthier. As a San Diego native, her favorite pastimes are surfing, F45, practicing yoga, meditation, and really any opportunity to soak up the sun.