Nov/Dec 2020 - The Food Issue

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Content IN EVERY ISSUE Contributors / 8 From the Publisher / 10 New in Nashville / 34 A-List / 40 Fitness Directory / 62 Events + Races / 64 FITNESS + EXERCISE Kenect Nashville Adds Virtual Training Bays / 12 Blackhawk Helicopter Pilot To Fitness Entrepreneur / 14

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FOOD + NUTRITION Autumn Harvest Salad / 22 AAA 4-Diamond Chef Makes Meal Prep Debut / 24 High Nutrient Foods You Don’t Eat Enough Of / 28 A Brief History of Spring Energy's Nashville Roots / 30 Meat vs "Meat" / 32 PEOPLE + LIFESTYLE Achilles International / 38 City Walks With Shawn / 52 Redline Builds Community / 54 HEALTH + WELLNESS The Root Brand Expands in Nashville / 58

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ON THE COVER

Billy Dec is the owner of Sunda New Asian in the Gulch. He's a two time Emmy Award Winning TV personality and actor. When he's not on the road, he's in the kitchen whipping up culinary delicacies and cocktails. Learn more on pg. 44. Cover photo by Brooke Albertson @balbertson.photography FACEB O O K.CO M/ N AS HVIL L E F I T M AGA Z I NE



Behind the Scenes

Almetria Turner

A native of TN and passionate about teaching science-based holistic nutrition principles, Leslie is the founder of Wild Pepper Nutrition and attending MUIH for a master's degree in integrative medicine and clinical nutrition. Visit wildpeppernutrition. com for more.

Almetria is a Memphis-based wellness coach, celebrity chef, food and fitness blogger, marathoner, certified fitness instructor, running coach, race director, and public speaker. Follow her on Facebook/ Instagram @fitandfinallyfree and her blog at fitandfinallyfree.com.

Nicole Swickle

William Harwood

Nicole is a Sr. Communications Manager at Red Bull and a passionate storyteller within the fitness space. She is best known for her authenticity on women’s mental and physical wellness, and her ability to create organic relationships with ease.

When not trail running, William is generally hanging with his sons, or writing for magazines, or looking for a girlfriend, or grading his college students' history essays, or playing with the cat, or getting ready for a trail run.

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Leslie Losey

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Nashville is home to some of the best health and wellness gurus in the industry. Without their support, we would not be able to do what we do. Thank you to our contributors who make this magazine a dynamic and worthy source of health and fitness information and advice in the Greater Nashville Area. PUBLISHER Ryan Freebing ryan@nashvillefitmagazine.com PHOTOGRAPHERS Brooke Albertson, Jake Matthews, Logan Hyder GRAPHIC DESIGNER Ryan Freebing ADDITIONAL CONTRIBUTORS GENERAL INQUIRIES + STORE DISTRIBUTION info@nashvillefitmagazine.com ADVERTISING INQUIRIES ryan@nashvillefitmagazine.com EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONS info@nashvillefitmagazine.com EVENT LISTINGS info@nashvillefitmagazine.com

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Publisher's Letter

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t's crazy to think the holidays are finally drawing near in what has certainly been like a roller coaster of a year. For many reasons, 2020 will forever go down in history, and it is no different for the fitness industry. Still, COVID didn't quite create new workout behaviors so much as it accelerated underlying shifts that were already present. Telemedicine and digital fitness have emphasized this point. The train tracks were laid long before the world began to shut down. COVID was just the catalyst that pushed us over the edge. But now, some nine months into what was supposed to be a two-week pause, the fitness industry has begun to reestablish itself toward a new normal. When gyms shuttered back in March and April, Zoom workouts were a Band-Aid. Now, they’ve been incorporated into gym offerings as a bonus. Now more than ever, we must focus on good coaching. There are plenty of videos and new fitness apps on the internet that show us what to do. The industry must be responsible and make sure quality remains high too. As suspected, the "high-performance lifestyle" has taken root and is growing substantially. Everything that can be optimized will be in 2021. Companies like WHOOP and Amazon's Halo 10

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are laying the groundwork. Now companies like Levels is mainstreaming glucose monitoring, Vault Health makes hormone therapy accessible, and Baze uses at-home blood tests to provide personalized supplements and meals. Meditation apps have seen a surge of activity this year as well, but instead of going head to head with incumbents, the mindfulness category will become increasingly niche, with sleep, breathwork, and heart rate variability garnering more attention. And we are still waiting on VR (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality). This should be VR’s moment. But it's not. Why is that? Only a few companies lead the way in fitness gaming, but it isn’t truly immersive jus yet. Regardless, fitness and wellness companies are navigating this new normal in real time while preparing for a future that blends physical and digital experiences. How it plays out is anybody’s guess. But seismic shifts in the industry are still underway. The food industry is also changing. As the pandemic persists, plant-based meat is seeing some strong momentum. Now more than ever, consumers are gobbling up protein alternatives, and at the same time, investors are buying up investment opportunities. We're not destined for a meat-free future just yet, but replacing meat has become mainstream. While less than 5% of Americans identify as vegan or vegetarian, almost 40% of the population is actively trying to eat more plantbased foods. Pre-COVID, consumers were warming up to the idea, and taste, of plant-based meat. During the nine-week period ending May 2, grocery sales of plant-based meat alternatives were up 264%. Odds are you've tried plant-based food, but if you haven't, your taste buds might be changing soon. The Food Issue highlights Sunda restaurant owner Billy Dec. An award winning TV personality and all around great guy, Billy knows the value of staying healthy in 2020. Check out our A-List to shop local gifts for the holidays such as The Root Brand and Nashville Hot Sauce. Christmas will be here soon! Stay #NashvilleFit,

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KENECT NASHVILLE ADDS VIRTUAL ON-DEMAND

TRAINING BAYS Nashville’s newest social club and apartment community unveils all-new boutique gym equipped with state of the art AKTIV Virtual Functional Training On-Demand bays.

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members can meet a trainer, join a group class, or take advantage of the brand new ACTIV virtual bays - plus a yoga studio and outdoor pool deck. The ACTIV Virtual™ bays are revolutionizing personal training—by making it more convenient, accessible and affordable. They deliver an immersive workout experience on demand, with expert level coaching and motivation, comparable to the personal training at today’s popular boutique fitness studios. Workouts can be customized for exercisers of all types and skill

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deally located in the heart of Midtown, Kenect is a new concept for Nashville—an apartment community with a social club, gym, resort-style pool, and 16,000-square-foot coworking platform built in. You don’t have to live at Kenect to be a Kenect member. Young professionals and entrepreneurs eager to plug into an active social community of creative thinkers can join Kenect and access all of its amenities and social club programming for one monthly fee. Those amenities include a state-of-the-art gym - where

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sets. Each bay (Kenect Nashville has four) comes equipped with a 24” HD touch compatible kiosk and Bluetooth audio, so users can interact seamlessly with the audible guidance provided by a virtual trainer. Users can choose their favorite virtual trainer and build their own workout by style, duration, and degree of difficulty. From interval training, to resistance workouts, to free weight programs—ACTIV delivers a full body workout, on demand. After hitting the gym, members can get back to work in Kenect’s expansive coworking space, take a dip in Kenect’s resort style pool, enjoy a cocktail at Kenect’s private outdoor bar, or meet up with other club members for regularly scheduled social programs, like listening sessions, cooking demonstrations, lectures, and networking events. “Our members and residents find Kenect delivers the best of all worlds,” said Carroll VanHook-Weaver, Kenect’s director of leasing and marketing. “Before Kenect, they would work, workout, network, and socialize all in different places, at different costs. We’ve packed it all into one membership, which creates an incredible community with unbeatable convenience.” For more information on Kenect Nashville apartments or social memberships, visit https://www.kenectnashville.com/

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FROM BLACKHAWK HELICOPTER PILOT TO FITNESS ENTREPRENEUR Q&A with FitRev Training owner Jason Santiago, how he has overcome adversity and became a high-quality workout and fitness entrepreneur.

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ason Santiago is the owner of FitRev Training, a high-quality workout and training facility located in Hendersonville. Throughout his life, he has overcome a lot of adversity that has helped shape him into becoming one of the most highly-motivated fitness entrepreneurs in the area. Originally born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Jason moved to Hendersonville after retiring from the Army after 16 years of service. Using the skills he learned, Jason has spent the last couple of years bettering others in their health and fitness journeys.

Mentally, how did you come out of the Army and how has this affected your day to day life in a negative way?

What’s the hardest part about settling into normal life after retiring from the Army?

When I first left the Army, I struggled with my identity. I lost a sense of who I was because the Army is all I knew for the better part of my young adult life. I went from being a true combat hero to a regular civilian, so it affected me negatively. As many veterans can relate, I struggled to adjust to life after the military.

I touched on this a little earlier, but the toughest part is trying to make sense and reasoning on why things are done the way they are and why people do some of the things the way they do. It's just different. I was taught in the beginning of my career to take pride in the work you do and always think of others before yourself. I do not see a lot of that since I retired. I am getting adjusted to it and it's all becoming clearer to me now though.

How has this affected your life in a positive way? The Army made me the man I am today. My work ethic, my values, and determination come from my experiences in the military. I am extremely grateful I was able to learn from so many different types of leadership styles. Some great, some horrible, but I learned from both types. It ultimately made me the leader I am today.

What is one of the best memories you had while serving in the Army? Many of the best and most honorable memories I have from the Army (even though they can be sad memories) was piloting “Heroes” (American Military Personnel Killed in Action) off the battlefield and being the first step of their journey back home to their families. 14

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How has the K9s For Warriors program impacted your life? K9s For Warriors saved my life. There were and still are some dark days in my life, and I knew I needed help without using medication. Going into combat three times while flying MEDEVAC missions, you don't come back as the same person that went in. When I found out about the program and was accepted, I knew it would be a great step towards a brighter future. In addition, having Bristol (my dog) as my "battle buddy" helps me with the everyday struggles I encounter. The K9s For Warriors team is my new family now and I’ll always be thankful for what they have done for Bristol and me.

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fitness+exercise Why did you choose to get into the fitness industry after the Army? I am fortunate to know what my purpose is in life and it's to serve people. I did this while I was in the military and I needed another platform to continue to serve people once I retired. I have always had a profound interest in fitness and health. When I was transitioning from the Army to civilian life, my heart led me back to the fitness industry, and I decided after I obtained my Masters in Business Administration that it was time for me to continue to do something I love based off passion, not the financial gain. This is when I decided to take a chance and start training people and to help change their lives.

What is one of the proudest moments you’ve had while being an owner and trainer at FitRev Training? One of my proudest moments at FitRev was Christmas of 2019. Coach Carolin documented our gym's progress from 2018 to 2019 and she

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put together a book for me for as a gift. I was so overwhelmed with emotion when I saw how much thought and effort had gone into the gift as well as how far the company had come in only a short period of time. It was an extremely proud moment for all the hard work and the feeling of slow and steady progression was very relieving.

What is one thing people may not know about Jason Santiago? I'm passionate about making a positive impact on people’s lives. It's where I get my drive and determination from. I love the of feeling watching people change their lives for the better.

How would you like FitRev Training to be seen from an outside perspective? I want FitRev to be seen as a well-diversified training facility where we all come from our own walks of life. The most important thing is taking care of yourself and staying active and we want to show you how to do that here. I want everyone to feel welcome and at home.

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Client Testimonials "I love coming into a place where all of the staff knows my name and welcomes me. The classes and trainers are incredible to work with. No matter what stage you are, they challenge you to be your best you." Robyn Schorsten "FitRev is more than a gym. It's the accountability and encouragement to reach your goals in a place that is inviting, fun, and challenging. Whether your goals are to lose weight, build strength, or live a healthier lifestyle, you'll find it there." Brittany Greenwood “God, Family, Fitness! My life would not be complete without FitRev.� Thomas Eckers

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MARATHON PILATES

COMPLETES EXPANSION

DURING SHUTDOWN

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n a year packed full of unprecedented challenges for small businesses, one Middle Tennessee company is eyeing growth with optimism and determination. Ruby Ramdhan, owner of Nashville’s Marathon Pilates, has grown a healthy business with years of professional experience in the health care industry, and a passion for wellness. Ramdhan had been a certified Pilates instructor for years before purchasing Marathon Pilates in 2019, but then, the calendar rolled over to 2020. The March tornado seriously damaged the company’s East Nashville location, which remains closed. Soon after, the COVID-19 pandemic put the world on lockdown, with gyms and fitness studios of all kinds forced to close. Ramdhan and her team learned to pivot quickly, offering virtual classes with a high level of production professionalism. Complying with rapidly changing regulations step-by-step, Marathon Pilates offers private sessions at its Green Hills location, and group classes at its 12 South location. Now, Ramdhan has completed her plan to expand the 12 South studio, more than doubling the physical size from 900 to 2100 sf, and adding programs and services. “I want this to be a place of healing,” Ramdhan says. “Pilates is just the beginning.” 18

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The 1200 sf expansion allows for larger group classes and will plan to include other guest trainers to showcase yoga, barre, nutrition counseling, and more. Specialty gift items, juice and snacks have been added to the menu, with a focus on supporting other small business, especially woman-owned. The expansion allows clients who prefer a private session their own space as well. “It’s important for us to support local business and products,” Ramdhan says. An area in the expanded studio will accommodate video and streaming events, wellness workshops and education. A flex space will allow multi-use wellness programs such as Assisted Lymphatic Therapy (ALT), therapeutic massage, and physical therapy with special programs for pelvic floor issues (pre- and post-natal, trauma, etc.). Ramdhan and her team of certified and master trainers share a vision of healing that expands beyond Marathon’s growing walls. Future plans include creating school programs, pop-up events, collaboration and partnerships with other wellness-focused companies. “I want to send out a message that Pilates is for everyone,” Ramdhan says. “I truly believe everyone belongs. Pilates improves and enhances all other workouts. This is a community for all to find welcome, wellness and healing.” FACEB O O K.CO M/ N AS HVIL L E F I T M AGA Z I NE



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Nashville is home to many culinary restaurant gems and has become a travel destination for any foodie, but we're also home to some of the best food truck's a city can ask for. Here are our top five.

FOOD TRUCKS IN NASHVILLE The Steaming Goat

http://www.steaminggoat.com What do you get when you cross steamed sandwich goodness and an animal that eats everything? The Steaming Goat, of course! Owner Jeff Romstedt, has been in the food and beverage industry for over fifteen years. “My nickname growing up was ‘the goat’ because I was the guy that ate everything,” says Romstedt. He's now now mastered a unique take on a Cuban sandwich. They also offer catering too.

Buns On The Run

https://www.thebunsontherun.com Buns on the Run is Nashville’s fresh new trend that has been bringing greatness to the city since 2010. They've taken an old nostalgic classic All American burger and flipped it with a modern twist. Be prepared to experience something new. They also have delicious Vegetarian Burgers as well. Make sure you tell them "Let's Run It!” when you order so they know you're in the mood for something delicious and different! After trying their amazing Cinnamon Buns, you'll be looking for this food truck again and again. 20

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Bob's Fish Fry

https://popcheferie.com Comfort food from the heart of Texas is now in Nashville! Back when suppertime and gone fishin’ meant the same thing, a legend was born on the cliffs of Possum Kingdom Lake in the heart and soul of Texas. Bob Davis started fryin’ fish. You can search until the cows come home, but you’ll never taste anything like this food truck. Serving up the classics like Fish & Chips, Fish Tacos and Sandwiches on a nice buttery hoagie bun, Bob's Fish Fry may only have four items on it's main menu, but you won't need anymore choices than that.

Spudtacular!

https://www.1spud.com If you enjoy America’s favorite vegetable - the potato Spudtacular is a food truck you'll want to keep on your radar. This truck has devoted itself to the art of the spud, serving them fried, baked, loaded, and all the other ways their creative powers can conjure. Their speciality menu item is The Smasher and is similar to their over-stuffed potatoes except with smashed potatoes. It can also be stuffed with your choice of pork, chicken, or Philly cheese steak!

Blue Monkey Shaved Ice

https://www.bluemonkeyshavedice.com All shaved ice is not created equal! Blue Monkey brings snowball shavings to whole new level by using premium ingredients and the world's softest sno. Their shaved ice is 100% cane sugar with no corn syrup. The menu is ever changing and offers some uniquely hand crafted flavors using fresh squeezed fruit and premium concentrates that will have your taste buds excited for every bite. Winners of Toast of Music City's "Best Food Truck" and "Best Ice Cream," Blue Monkey Shaved Ice is available for catering and special events. Book online! No wedding, birthday, graduation party, fundraiser, corporate outing, or field day is too big or too small! N A S HVI LLE FI TMAGA ZI NE .COM

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Harvest Salad Prep time: 1 hour | Makes 2-4 servings

recipe by ALMETRIA TURNER

Ingredients:

◊ 2 cups swiss chard de-stem, chopped ◊ 2 cups mixed greens ◊ 2 small sweet potatoes peeled, cubed ◊ 10 medium/large brussels sprouts, quartered ◊ 1/3 cup sliced almonds ◊ 1/4 small red onion, sliced ◊ 1 oz soft goat cheese, crumbled ◊ 1 medium avocado unseeded, halved ◊ 1/4 cup reduced sugar dried cranberries ◊ 3/4 cup tri-color quinoa, cooked ◊ 1/2 large honeycrisp apple, thinly sliced ◊ Extra virgin olive oil ◊ Kosher salt ◊ Onion powder ◊ Garlic powder ◊ Dried parsley ◊ All-spice ◊ Balsamic vinegar ◊ Optional: leftover chicken, turkey, or steak

Honey Dijon Vinaigrette:

◊ 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil ◊ 2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar ◊ 1 tsp dijon mustard ◊ 1/2 tsp dried parsley ◊ 1 tsp raw honey ◊ Salt to taste

Directions: 1) In small bowl, toss cubed sweet potatoes with 1 tbsp olive oil, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp onion powder, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp dried parsley, 1/4 tsp all-spice. Set aside. 2) Clean brussels sprouts of any dirt between leaves. Cut off bottom stem then into quarters. 3) In separate small bowl, toss brussels sprouts with 1 tbsp of olive oil, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp onion powder, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp dried parsley, 1/4 tsp balsamic vinegar. Set aside. 4) Spread brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes out in even layer on baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Roast for 25-30 min or until vegetables are tender. Set aside to cool. 5) Rinse quinoa and drain. Cook quinoa according to instructions on package. Set aside to cool when done. 6) In bowl, toss mixed greens and Swiss chard. Top greens with quinoa, vegetables, apples, red onions, sliced almonds, dried cranberries, and goat cheese. Pour vinaigrette over salad and toss to combine. Garnish with avocado halves. 22

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AAA 4-DIAMOND CHEF MAKES HIS MEAL PREP

DEBUT IN NASHVILLE Q&A with Macro Chef Meals owner Bob Adams. From New York City, Baltimore and Louisville, Chef Adams has worked his way through the fine dining and restaurant industry and is now making a splash in the meal prep industry.

other people eat, but how they speak, and how they live. I've been blessed to work in some of the largest cities in the US, and I have really explored the “melting pot.” Working in a kitchen with 40 people, speaking 4-5 different languages, and observing different cultural norms and customs will really help a person develop their empathy gene in a hurry. I also love the sense of community that comes from cooking. Much like the fitness world, there is a real sense of camaraderie and togetherness that comes with being a chef/food professional. Right now, I can call 20-30 different chefs if I had a question or wanted to organize a charity event. Food professionals are some of the most giving people around!

Cooking is my only real creative outlet. I can’t sing, dance, draw, paint or do anything I consider to be cool. So for me, food is the one outlet where I can execute an artistic vision. I can look at a table full of raw ingredients and actually visualize what the finished product will look and taste and smell like. Cooking has helped me to have a much better understanding of other cultures as well. Not just what

Did you go to culinary school? If so, where and did you earn any credentials through your culinary studies? I went to the French Culinary Institute in New York City. It is now known as the International Culinary Center. A little know fact about the school, Bobby Flay was part of the first graduating class from FCI. In 2018, it was actually rated the #1 culinary school in the country. In my previous

STAFF PICK Try the Moo Shu Chicken Tacos made with the popular bulk menu item Hoisin Chicken. And don't forget to use code NASHFIT10 for a 10% discount. Order at https://macrochefmeals.com

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Why did you choose to become a chef?


job as a Corporate Chef and Marketing Consultant, I debated going for my Certified Executive Chef (CEC) credentials through the American Culinary Federation, but decided against it. The credentials are great, and those that earn them are definitely deserving, but it just wasn’t something that was necessary for my career path.

What is one of your most memorable moments cooking in New York City? There are so many! One of the best experiences was cooking for the cast of Saturday Night Live. I had a chance to cook for a couple of their after-parties after they would go off-air Saturday night. Shortly after, a couple of well-known cast members at the time (and their spouses) became regulars at the restaurant I was working at. It's hard to beat the energy of New York City. It really is the city that never sleeps! There is always something exciting happening. I might be a bit biased now, but Broadway in NYC has nothing on our Broadway here in Nashville! Give me the honky-tonks every day of the week!

are a big advantage. While we have a large amount of bulk items and are also getting ready to launch our Competitors Line, which focuses on slightly more basic meals for athletes gearing up for a show or competition, we really shine when it comes to our composed meals. I truly believe that eating healthy doesn’t have to suck. We can pack a lot of flavors and variety into our meals, while keeping them clean and nutritious. We also focus on featuring emerging flavor trends from all over the world and spend a lot time researching what’s new, so that our customers can get trendy, restaurant-quality meals that will keep them properly fueled. While we have pro athletes that love our meals, I think the great thing is that they are really approachable for anyone who just wants to eat healthier without sacrificing flavor.

What inspires you to cook good tasting food with quality ingredients? Full disclosure, I’m actually a test case for our meals haha! I’m recovering from years of a poor diet and putting everything else in life ahead of my health and fitness

Why did you choose Nashville to start your meal prep company Macro Chef Meals? I wasn’t born in the South (I was born and raised in Michigan, before traveling throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic), but I got down here as quick as I could. Nashville to me is the perfect blend of traditional Southern culture and new innovation. I love the excitement and vibe of Downtown, but I also love the pace of life throughout all of Metro Nashville and Middle Tennessee. It’s a great spot to raise a family. I was also inspired by the fitness community that is thriving in Nashville. We are home to some amazing trainers, gyms and dietitians. I love how we are also starting to become a bit of a CrossFit mecca in our own right and we have several BIGTIME professional bodybuilders that call Nashville home too. In addition, I see a very fit and active lifestyle all around me, even in my own neighborhood. That’s what I love to see: whatever your fitness passion, there is a place in Nashville for you to call home.

How is Macro Chef Meals different from other meal prep companies? I think there are a few things that really differentiate us. The first thing is the quality of our ingredients. For instance, we are using the “Cadillac” of chicken for all of our chicken dishes. It costs 3-4 times more than a standard chicken breast, but it’s worth it. It is completely clean, minimally processed and just tastes the way chicken should taste. We also use all Halperns’ Angus Beef products for our beef dishes. The only way to have a quality meal is to start with quality raw ingredients. I also think that the flavors found on our menu N A S HVI LLE FI TMAGA ZI NE .COM

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food +nutrition regime. Being a chef, I joked for years that I was going to just eat my way to 300 pounds and then be done with it. One day, I got on the scale and I was 311 pounds! I had eaten my way to a very unhealthy life. The biggest problem was, I knew better. So, I decided to quit making excuses and just do it. Cook clean, eat clean, train dirty! I’ve dropped about 75 pounds (while putting on muscle) and continue to train to improve myself. I feel better in all aspects of life and am able to enjoy my family and work life a lot more now. What I've realized is that not everyone has the knowledge or time to cook like this. I draw my inspiration from people who want to eat better and live a fuller life, but aren’t quite sure where to start, or who know exactly what they need to do, but just don’t have the time. I’m blessed to count several of my neighbors as loyal customers. It is incredibly rewarding to hear how much they (or anyone else) is enjoying my meals and how much better they feel. It’s also an incredible feeling to know that I have professional bodybuilders and High-Level CrossFitters that trust me to feed them as they are training for some of the biggest competitions in the industry. There are few things that have made me as proud professionally, as when 212 IFBB Pro Bo Lewis stepped on stage and won the NY Pro and qualified for Mr. Olympia and I knew that my food was the last thing he ate before stepping on that stage!

Is there a chef you admire the most? If so, who and why? Although they are all amazing, I don't admire any of the celebrity chefs per se. The Chef I admire most is a Chef I was lucky enough to work for. For our bodybuilding afficionados out there, the name Steve Kuclo may ring a bell. Steve Kuclo the bodybuilder is an inspiration for many, but to me, the real inspiration is his father, also named Steve Kuclo. Chef Steve was my Chef when I was young in the industry. Of course, I was an obnoxious know-it-all, but Chef Steve was incredibly patient with me and also a great mentor and guide. Not only did he teach me how to cook some great Italian food, but he also taught me what kind of boss I wanted to be some day. His patience and guidance set me on the path I'm on today. Throughout the years, when faced with a difficult staffing decision, I’ve often thought about how Chef Steve would handle the situation and let that be my guide. He’s retired now, but Chef Steve Kuclo from Metro Detroit, was a great Chef, and he is an even better person.

In the restaurant industry, they say you can’t trust a skinny chef? Would you agree or disagree? Haha, these days: Disagree! A skinny chef has discipline. Look, we all have different body types and different needs, but there is something to be said for a chef that can taste his or her food all day and still maintain general physical health. It means that the Chef is not only disciplined, but also, the food is nutritionally balanced!

What’s your favorite dish to cook and why? From my current menu: the Turkey Burrito Power Bowl. I love the blend of flavors and colors. I think the whole dish really pops visually and the flavor combinations are great. All-time favorite: A basic pasta, like an Alfredo or Carbonara. The key is the simplicity. A legit alfredo sauce shouldn’t be a thick, gloppy, creamy mess. It should be butter, parmesan and some salt and pepper. You need to be able to cook with love and care to properly make that sauce and not have it break. Trust me, if someone makes you a legit Alfredo sauce like that, you know they care about you, haha!

What’s your go to “cheat meal” and why? Pizza. All. The. Pizza. Gourmet pizza. Cheap pizza. Independent pizzerias. Huge chains. I don’t care. Just give me the pizza! 26

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HIGH NUTRIENT FOODS

THAT YOU PROBABLY DON’T EAT ENOUGH OF

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ometimes it takes a scare like COVID-19 to get people to start thinking about how to protect their body from disease. Sure, we can load up on shakes and supplements, but the most bio-available nutrients that we can get comes from real, whole foods that we consume on a daily basis. Looking for a way to amp up your nutrition game while also keeping your calories in-check? Here are five nutrient-packed, health-boosting foods to incorporate in your diet today that you may not be eating now.

OYSTERS Oysters seem to be a food that people either love or cringe at when they think of them. Either way, these little shellfish are packed full of nutrients that can have some serious positive impact on our health. Oysters are one of the most nutrients dense foods on the planet and contain very little calories per serving. Containing vitamin B-12, vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids, this food can help protect the brain and nervous system from damage and

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disease. The highlight of the nutrient content in oysters in not just these three things though. This particular food contains the highest bioavailability of a mineral that is being sought after by almost everyone these days: zinc. Zinc is a vital mineral that is used in proper immune system functioning. The body does not store zinc, so it is important to get this mineral through a food source, such as oysters. Though it is rare, raw oysters do carry the risk of containing a bacteria called Vibrio. But if this is a concern, then you can order your oysters steamed to eliminate the risk of contracting a food-borne illness.

EGG YOLKS Many people have mixed feelings about eggs these days. Some believe that they raise cholesterol and destroy your health, but this is far from the truth. If you do eat eggs, and only eat the egg whites or overcook your eggs, you are missing out on some of the best qualities that eggs have to offer. Egg yolks are very high in vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant that protects us from cancer and cellular damage. The yolks also contain high amounts of choline which is an essential nutrient required for healthy brain and nervous system functioning. Choline is also responsible for proper memory function. Eggs are full of fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin A, D and K, which need to be paired with a fat for optimal absorption. Try cooking your eggs over-easy with a bit of grass-fed butter for a delicious and healthy meal. Of FACEB O O K.CO M/ N AS HVIL L E F I T M AGA Z I NE


course, you want to make sure you are eating the best eggs possible, so be sure to choose eggs that are free-range and organic.

WALNUTS Not all nuts are created equal. Walnuts seem to be a less popular choice in a world full of chocolatecovered almonds and candied pecans, but in terms of all of the health benefits that nuts have to offer, walnuts may be the best choice. Walnuts are extremely high in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids which promote overall brain health. It is also one of the few nuts that contain vitamin B-7. Vitamin B-7 is a vital nutrient for having healthy hair, skin and nails. This nut is also one of the few that contains a good amount of alpha-linolenic-acid, or ALA. ALA is a plant-based source of polyunsaturated fatty acids that can reduce your risk of developing atherosclerosis and can lower the risk of developing heart disease. Throw a handful of organic walnuts into your salad or eat them as a snack at least 3-4 times per week for optimal benefits.

ARUGULA Step aside, kale - arugula is here to take over. Kale may be the most popular green, but arugula really deserves the nutritional spotlight here. Also known as “rocket�, arugula is most known for its lush, peppery flavor. What most people do not know about this feather-green, however, is that it contains some of the highest levels of calcium and zinc compared to most other plant-based foods. Arugula also contains significant levels of vitamin C, folate and vitamin K. Vitamin C is a powerful immune booster, while folate is used for protein synthesis and the prevention of depression due to its brain-boosting properties. Vitamin K serves to protect your bones from developing osteoporosis and helps your blood to clot appropriately. Like many other plants we consume, arugula is high in antioxidants and can help to protect our skin from sun damage and environmental toxins. Next time you plan to eat a big salad, replace that romaine and kale with some arugula to spice things up and get all the benefits that this powerful plant has to offer.

Leslie is a native of Tennessee and is passionate about teaching science-based holistic nutrition principles to the Nashville area. She is the founder of Wild Pepper Nutrition and is currently attending MUIH to pursue a master's degree in integrative medicine and clinical nutrition. Visit https://www.wildpeppernutrition.com for more info. Follow her on IG at @wildpeppernutrition

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GELLING FROM THE GET-GO A Brief History of Spring Energy’s Nashville Roots

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Rafal would ask experienced runners about what they ate during long races to keep the dreaded bonk at bay, and each would steer Rafal toward some preferred pack of garishly colored goo. Not only still no go, but -- for Rafal -- still all stop and go. (Sports science demonstrates conclusively that multiple Port-o-Potty visits are not an effective strategy for marathon PR’s.) Clearly, something had to change. The first was the scenery. In 2014, Rafal signed up for his

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afal Nazarewicz, founder of Spring Energy, is a very smart man. Multilingual and multifaceted, Rafal has racked up over the years several successful careers: marketing analyst, research scientist, nutrition professor. Yet, despite all his brain cells, the bacteria of his gut remained deeply unimpressed, at least when Rafal ran distance races. “I ran ten marathons,” Rafal recounts. “And each time I had gastrointestinal problems.”

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inaugural trail race, circumventing the kiddie pool of public park groomed path 10k’s and diving straight into the deep end with a 50 mile mountain monster outside Chattanooga. “Randy Wharton is the race director for Wild Trails,” Rafal says, “and he only had real food at the aid stations, healthy stuff like broiled potatoes. I was not only surprised by how much I ate, but by how good I felt. No GI issues for fifty miles!” The experience proved an epiphany that punched him in the gut, only in a good way. Rafal realized his skill set and running experience had perfectly positioned him to do what had never been done: transform real food into healthy, tasty and effective gels. “I have a Ph.D. in Nutrition and have done research on metabolism. When I came up with the idea for Spring Energy, I was working at Vanderbilt. I didn’t have money, but I did have credit cards.” So, to Rafal’s credit, he took the chance, betting he wasn’t the only endurance athlete craving high quality, healthy food in packets that would provide portability, performance and taste. He was right. In the five short years since Spring has sprung, early

local adopters like Fleet Feet in Brentwood and HardWin Adventures of Nashville are now joined by running stores, race directors and endurance athletes in multiple countries spread out over four continents. And the great keeps growing. “We’ve just introduced our first powered drink,” Rafal says, “and without compromising on our commitment to real food. We use a new technology that removes water molecules so gently that 99% of the vitamins are left intact along with the color, taste and aroma.” To put some Springs in your own strides, check out the next article over about Achilles International Nashville. Rafal has generously provided samples to help the Achilles athletes raise funds for their nonprofit. Visit https://myspringenergy.com for more information and to shop their products.

STAFF PICK Try the Pina Colada Energy And Hydration Endurance Drink Mix. They use a gentle infrared drying technique that allows for highly nutritious, highquality portable products. It's true to the tast and provides wholesome nutrition. No preservatives added.

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MEAT VS “MEAT” As the shutdown persists, plant-based meat is gaining more and more momentum. Now more than ever, consumers are gobbling up protein alternatives and at the same time, investors are doubling down on the space. Fitt.co Insider reports.

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s more and more protein alternatives begin to flood the food market, the big question becomes are we destined for a meat-free future? In 2019, Beyond Meat successfully IPOed with shares soaring 163% from the $25 opening price. It's now sitting around $175 as of this article being written. Avoiding meat is now trending. "While less than 5% of Americans identify as vegan or vegetarian, almost 40% of the population is actively trying to eat more plant-based foods," says Fitt.co. In addition, according to plant based food company Impossible Foods, nine out of 10 consumers of its animal-free burgers eat meat. Clearly, the company is winning over meat-eaters. Like a number of other changes in various industries this year, COVID has forced us to change strategies and has shined a light on meatpacking plants. With meat shortages hitting close to home, consumers have been forced to confront the ethics of the Big Meat industry. Personal health, religious beliefs, environmental concerns, and animal welfare were always part of the equation. They weren’t deal-breakers though. "But when meatpacking plants became coronavirus hot spots—as 43,700 workers tested positive and 184 died—the true horrors revealed themselves. As millions of pigs, chickens, and cattle are euthanized, the flaws of the existing food system are becoming too big to ignore," says Fitt.co. Plant-based food makers are now hoping to seize the opportunity and consumers are signaling an appetite for animal alternatives. During the nine-week period ending May 2, grocery sales of plant-based meat alternatives were up 264%. With companies like Beyond Meat representing what could be possible in an all-plant world, the alternative meat market could be worth $140B by 2030. On the other hand, meat consumption could cost the global economy $1.6T annually by 2050. While plant-based protein is paving the way, labgrown meat, seafood alternatives, plant-based dairy companies are gaining significant traction as well. There’s no denying the potential of plant-based alternatives, but, for now, meat still dominates the 32

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dinner table. In fact, the global meat market is valued at $1.4T and expected to reach $2.7T by 2040. Plantbased meat accounted for only 2% of retail packaged meat sales in 2019. While the upside certainly benefits the plantbased disruptors, it will still be a long uphill battle. Among the potential hurdles, consumers cite cost, convenience, and taste as barriers to eating more plant-based foods. As lab-grown options become more widely available, cell-based meat will face similar barriers. In 2013, cultured meat was about $1.2M/pound. Now, it’s closer to $50/pound. But that’s still too high apparently, preventing many companies from bringing cell-based meat to market. Another question that arises, is it healthier for you? Ultimately, the promise of plant-based foods is that, yes, they’re better for you and better for the environment. But, that’s not always the case. On the proposed benefits to the environment, plantbased options lessen the impact of livestock farming. And researchers worry that companies like Beyond Meat is painting with a broad brush, positioning its products as a cure-all for climate change. Similarly, the sales pitch for supposed health benefits blurs the line between marketing and misleading. Plant-based burger makers would have you believe their patty is healthier than an all-meat burger 100% of the time. But is an Impossible Whopper from Burger King better for you than a lean, locally sourced grassfed burger? The problem extends past meat to the entire “alternative” food category. Plant-based is quickly becoming a buzzword though. Like gluten-free before it and now organic, marketers hope plant-based becomes synonymous with healthy. And it’s working. Plant-based foods, including protein alternatives, will help solve some of the numerous issues we’re facing - all while building massive businesses in the process. But like most things, it’s complicated. For now, as we look to reinvent our food system, Big Meat is on deck. Sign up for Fitt Insider at https://insider.fitt.co

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New gyms, studios, stores, restaurants and more, all with the fitness fanatic in mind.

in NASHVILLE Heart and Light Yoga

3668A Central Pike Hermitage, TN 37076 https://www.heartandlightyoga.com @heartandlightyoga Heart and Light Yoga is now open! Located in the yoga loft inside Groove Room Studios, Heart and Light Yoga offers both virtual classes and in-studio classes. At Heart and Light Yoga they want you to feel comfortable. Yoga is for everybody, whether you’re a regular practitioner or a beginner, you’ll feel at home in this studio. The owner, Dawn Staudt, has been teaching in the Nashville area for nearly 5 years. She wanted to create a space for people in Hermitage and surrounding areas to call home. A place where you can feel welcome whether or not you’ve ever practiced yoga before. Heart and Light Yoga offers a variety of classes from Yin Yoga, to Vinyasa, Yoga to Power Yoga. They've got a fun supportive community that allows you to explore a serious yoga practice while still having fun. As a yoga teacher and certified life coach, Dawn has a unique ability to see people where they are and hold space for them to grow into their greatness. Heart and Light Yoga is a safe space to explore what you can do on (and off) your mat. Come for the yoga, stay for the friendships! Learn more about the studio and sign up for classes at their website at https://www.heartandlightyoga.com.

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Beans & Greens

4401 Harding Pike, Nashville TN 37205 https://www.beansandgreenstn.com / @beansandgreenstn Beans & Greens is a Nashville based CBD-infused coffee shop and bakery. They are passionate about the quality of our their products and outsource to only reputable CBD companies to infuse their products. They offer a variety of items from coffee, juice, milkshakes, and tea, to savory treats that will surely satisfy your sweet tooth and stressful day. As purveyors of all things natural, Beans & Greens products can also be made with or without CBD, making them an inclusive one stop shop in the Belle Meade area.

Joyland

901 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206 https://eatjoyland.com / @eatjoyland Joyland was created by James Beard Award-winning Chef Sean Brock. A throwback to the nostalgic fast food restaurants of the past, Joyland is essentially an old-school burger joint with a modern day twist. Joyland comes complete with a full menu of melt-in-your-mouth buttermilk biscuits, fried chicken, burgers and shakes, and they even have Impossible burgers to satisfy the nonmeat eaters in your group. The fried chicken on a stick are called Joy Sticks and are a cross between Japanese yakitori and traditional southern fried chicken-on-a-stick. Pair that with a rum-spiked coffee shake and you're ready to let the good times roll! N A S HVI LLE FI TMAGA ZI NE .COM

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1400 Adams St, Nashville, TN 37208 https://www.theoptimistrestaurant.com @theoptimistnashville If you’re looking for a new place to "wow" your group, The Optimist is the place to take them. Owners Ford Fry and Ryder Zetts have taken their "fish camp and oysters" to the next level. The Adams Street building in East Germantown combines the charm of history with all the comfort and delight of modern accommodation. From spacious dining rooms to a breezy patio oasis and elegant upstairs bar, and of course, the best food the sea has to offer. Foodies, add it to your list!

Meliora Movement

1106 Woodland St Suite 3, Nashville, TN 37206 https://melioramovement.com / @melioramovement Meliora Movement is a Pilates and yoga studio that opened in the heart of East Nashville. Equipped with 5 studio reformers, we are excited to bring a boutique Pilates experience to our community. We offer a clean, safe group class experience while providing a challenging total body workout to clients. Whether you’re new to Pilates or a Pilates pro, our team of instructors are extremely knowledgeable and can modify exercises to meet the needs of the class. If you’re looking for more individualized attention, we also offer private sessions. We have a separate private area with a Reformer Trapeze Table, Chair, Ladder Barrel etc. offering our clients an opportunity to try every Pilates apparatus and enhance their practice. If you have never experienced Pilates, we encourage you to come see us! Pilates provides a strong foundation for movement & we wholeheartedly believe that Pilates can meet you wherever you are in life and enhance your quality of movement. The word “Meliora” is Latin for “ever better.” We are dedicated to creating a home to pursue “the better” in our everyday lives through movement, community and growth. We hope you join us on this pursuit to move better and feel better.

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PARK PR PERFORMANCE PRIZE

PACKET PICK-UP PROGRAM The Outstanding Athletes of Achilles International Go in the GAPPPPPPPP to Give Back to Their Beloved Practice Park

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thletes come in all shapes and sizes, colors and creeds. And abilities, too. Achilles International is a global nonprofit committed to being there for athletes who need some assistance in meeting their performance goals, whatever their hurdles may be. Since 2012, the McCabe Community Center has graciously hosted the Nashville chapter of Achilles -- one of the largest in the country -- providing the ideal practice place for the athletes of Achilles to train. Each Wednesday evening, the athletes and guides are a familiar sight in their distinctive canary yellow shirts, preparing for events both near and far, from the Titans’ 5k to the Boston and Disney Marathons. Now the Achilles athletes want to help support the community center that supports them. And you can help by exercising in style! Log onto achillesnashville.org and, under the ‘Events’ tab, make a donation for a Great Achilles Public Park PR Performance Prize Packet. All donations are fully tax deductible and Achilles International Nashville will share 20% of each donation with McCabe. Each packet contains a sample of Spring Energy Gel, promo codes for discounts on HardWin Adventure races, coupons for delicious entrees from select Nashville-area chefs and -- last but not least -- your very own canary yellow Achilles International Nashville racing shirt! You then choose your favorite public park for a walk, jog or run and then email us your distance and time along with an image of you in your Achilles shirt. We’ll post your results on our website and great performances will be eligible for special prizes! So don’t wait. Go in the GAPPPPPPPP, and get in the game! Hope to see you at Achilles! FACEB O O K.CO M/ N AS HVIL L E F I T M AGA Z I NE



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At Nashville Fit Magazine, we pride ourselves on being bold, well-researched, and above all, fun. The A-List is a curated list of our team’s favorite products and services for great local gift ideas this holiday season.

Clean Slate $69

The Root Brand (https://therootbrands.com/nashvillefit) / @therootbrand_ GIVE TOXINS THE HEAVE-HO! ROOT is a company founded on improving people’s understanding of how toxins and chemicals harm your health. Instead of treating symptoms, Root treats the underlying cause with natural wellness. Their product Clean Slate uses Zeolite, one of nature's best detoxifying mineral in a proprietary patentpending formulation, to help wipe your cells clean of the toxins. It's your body's chance to oust the bad stuff and start new. One 1 oz. (30ml) bottle contains 600 drops which should be taken 5-10 drops orally at a time, twice a day, morning and night. Clean Slate safely supports the removal of toxins from cells, body and brain tissue and assists with the reduction of negative inflammation by removing the root cause of the issues. Clean Slate also supports the absorption of nutrients by the removal of toxins which may block nutrient binding sites. When purchasing ROOT products, use referral code "nashvillefit".

Guerilla Bizkits 5-Pack $12

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@guerillabizkits / https://bizkits.biz Guerilla Bizkits is a local vegan biscuit service that delivers fresh-baked vegan biscuits straight to your door. Whaaaat?! Orders can be placed via their website every Sunday through Tuesday (or until sold out), and the biscuits currently come in three flavors - Straight Edge (buttermilk), Loaded (garlic and cheddar) and Blackout (cherry and jalapeño). Order them one at a time ($3) or in packs of five ($12). Delivery is free if you live five miles or closer and $3-$5 if you live farther away.) As long as you live within 15 miles of the 37206 zip code, you are good to go! FACEB O O K.CO M/ N AS HVIL L E F I T M AGA Z I NE


Music City Suds Where The Lemongrass Grows Soap $6

@musiccitysuds / https://musiccitysuds.com Here in Nashville, we're all about the music and Music City Suds is proud to be an unofficial soapmaker of country music! Not only have their products appeared in celebrity gift bags at the CMT and CMA Awards, they have also created custom soaps for some of country’s biggest stars, including Lady Antebellum, Trace Atkins, and Barbara Mandrell. Point your rocking chairs toward the west, and soak up “Where the Lemongrass Grows.” This airy, lemony scent is reminiscent of summertime: freshly mowed yards and bright, bright sunshine. Each bar comes wrapped in a piece of sheet music too. Ingredients: coconut oil, olive oil, palm oil, sunflower oil, water, sodium hydroxide (lye), chaparral leaf, essential oil

Hot Sauce Nashville $10

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@hotsaucenashville / https://www.hotsaucenashville.com Hot Sauce Nashville is a small batch hot sauce company in Nashville, Tennessee, that creates fiercely flavorful hot sauces. Their flagship product is Hot Garlic, a mouthwatering three pepper hot sauce with a punch of garlic (vampires beware) and a pinch of sweet. They are the real deal and not a watered down hot sauce. Hot Sauce Nashville believes in letting the peppers (and garlic!) take center stage. For every bottle purchased, they also donate a meal to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. Born and raised in Nashville, the owners are a couple that believes in finger-licking flavorful food. They are huge supporters of farmers markets and have traveled all over the country (and world) visiting 100+ of them. They're love for the farmers market community and local food inspired them to start their own small batch food company!

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BurgerFit $25

@getburgerfit / https://shop.getburgerfit.com Moms can fight one less battle at dinnertime with BurgerFit, ground meat and veggie combo burgers, and get their kids to eat their veggies! Can you imagine not having to repeatedly ask your kids to eat their vegetables? They won’t even realize they are eating their veggies! With 20 different burger recipes, you'll have a stress-free dinner that even picky eaters will enjoy. Each recipe has been tested with kids of all ages, both young and the grown ones. You’ll have them eating beets (and loving it) before they know it! Many recipes are perfect for those following healthy dietary lifestyles such as Keto, Paleo, and Whole30. Vegetables aren’t as sexy as pizza and french fries but they can be as sexy as a burger with BurgerFit. BurgerFit printed paperback book. It can be purchased on Amazon or on their website. Grab it today for your family or as a gift!

@eggweights / https://eggweights.com The concept is rather simple. Instead of expanding the size or shape of the weight as it increases in pounds, Egg Weights uses denser metals to keep the size small like an egg. This is extremely important so you don't restrict natural motion and body flow during exercise or sports training. Egg Weights are great for walking, running, hiking, intermediate sports training, track and field, balance and form development and they are the only hand weights in the world that conform to your body’s natural motion. The unique finger loop grips secure the weights to your hand during high-intensity movements without the need to strap or tightly wrap weights around the hand or wrist. Increase the intensity of any functional or therapeutic movement without the risk of hitting your own body or stationary objects during exercise like dumbbells. Genius! 42

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Local Spotlight

BILLY DEC

Billy Dec is a two time Emmy Award Winning TV Personality, Actor, Attorney, Restaurateur, and owner of celebrated hospitality and entertainment venue Sunda New Asian in Nashville and Chicago. In addition to being CEO/Founder of Rockit Ranch, a hospitality management company, Billy owns a cutting edge marketing agency called COACT, and an HR firm called HR Pro, both built on leveraging growing communities of top independent talent in their respective industries. Billy has been regularly be seen on NBC's TODAY Show, acting in films and on TV shows like Criminal Minds and Empire, hosting his own podcast “The Meal of Your Life!” and is hosting/producing a new documentary for PBS he recently shot in his mother’s native island of the Philippines. Dec is a Chicago-Kent College of Law and Harvard Business School Alum, who was a Presidential appointee for five years, serving on the White House Advisory Commission on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders, and the White House Bullying Prevention Task Force, and served on many local committees, boards, and commissions to serve the community.

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How early did you know food would be a major part of your life? Funny, growing up in a family from the Islands of the Philippines means food is your life. Feeding everyone in your home and community is everything. Food is love, everywhere, always, 24/7. My Lola (grandmother), was the most amazing cook in the world. She came from the Philippines to Chicago to live with us and helped raise my little brother, Anthony, and I at the time while both my parents worked. The family, friends, neighbors and sometimes pseudo strangers that would all ecstatically come over to enjoy her food offerings, even inspired my little brother and I to open a 46

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As an ethnically ambiguous kid that experienced some serious life setbacks, losing my dad and little brother way too early in life, I was forced to work a lot to pay for school, food, and take care of my family, all of which caused me to sometimes have trouble keeping up and contributed to a low interest in or expectation of me at times. So yes, I have felt underestimated for sure. Since an early age, I have also had to deal with racial slurs, discrimination, bullying and occasional attacks, that really hurt when times were already tough. All of this somehow fueled me though, driving me to work relentlessly to prove misconceptions wrong, fighting to earn things that people doubted I could ever do (where I didn’t see many people that looked like my family). I worked hard to become a lawyer, entrepreneur, Harvard Business School alumn, a TV personality who also loves to act, a Presidential Appointment to the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders, and the White House Bullying Prevention Task Force.

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What has been one of the most rewarding projects you have done with your marketing agency COACT?

How does fitness fit into your weekly routine and what is your favorite way to stay active? My work schedule is crazy and unpredictable unfortunately, so I try to fit health and fitness in whenever I can as I know it helps me stay high energy, positive, and keep up with everything going on. In addition to opening Sunda in the Gulch and the love for the people here, one of the main reasons I moved to Nashville from Chicago is the beautiful weather and outdoors. I try to hike, bike, and workout outside whenever I can. I might bike to Radnor Lake, hike around once, and bike back, work with my boxing coach in the backyard with

Billy and Trainer Julian Cortez workout at his home

Internally, creating the inherent heart of the business with a growing community of independent creatives worldwide that all COACT (which means “to act and work together”) for the benefit of others has been the absolute most rewarding part of all. Collaborating with the best of the best, near and far, to make businesses and people better with greater results for less to the client (no overhead) and reinventing the advertising model has given such meaning and value to so many and it will continue on with or without me. I couldn’t be more honored to be a part of it. Externally, I love what we are doing for one of our clients Maserati, as not only has it allowed me to collaborate with our creative community but also with celebrity artists, athletes, musicians and other interesting friends I’ve been blessed to build relationships with along my hospitality life journey. The fact that I get to reconnect, collab, and create

all kinds of new content for an iconic brand who is boldly trailblazing into a new era and one I’ve been mesmerized by since I was a kid. Perhaps it’s that same rush of working alongside the most amazing teammates ever to surpass incredibly high expectations to create impactful and emotional reactions that put smiles on people's faces. All of this definitely fuels me.

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trainers like Julian Cortez from Hiitman Boxing, take the weights out into the yard and keep mixing it up inside the home gym. Weekly hot yoga classes at CorePower with my fav teacher Chelsea have also allowed me to stay loose. I also randomly jump in to full body workout classes at the YMCA and thankfully one of my COACT business partners AJ Calvin trained competitively in martial arts in his past life like I did from an early age, so we find time to train together (and talk business) whenever can. One of my biggest secrets and saviors though I’d have to say that allows me to be as active both in and out of brutal work hours, travel and workouts, is actually in the recovery efforts from all the beatdowns after all these years. I actually have a show I’m hosting (that has been put on pause due to COVID) solely about historic to futuristic recovery methods that are mind blowing. Some of the wonderful people locally who have helped me repair quick to get back up and running that I need to give a shout out to is Zion for Acupuncture from Streams of Grace in Brentwood, Robin and the Cupping & Ashiatsu at Franklin Massage, Josh and the electric stimulation at Chadwick’s in Cool Springs, salt float tanks at Pure Sweat + Float in Belle Meade, and all the good people at Crest in Green Hills that do back and neck chair work on the fly. I own them a lot of gratitude.

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What is the key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle while balancing a busy schedule and being on the road? For me, I always start with trying to schedule my workouts (or breaks to do anything healthy) literally right into my calendar. Otherwise my day will get jam packed with no time to do anything for my health, which can really wear on me quickly, especially these days with so many business problems and fires to put out. More than half of my strategically spread out workouts allow me to work at the same time, which is not ideal, but at least that way it doesn’t get removed from my day completely. I read emails or research on a reclined bike, take calls on a walk or while lightly working with dumbbells. Any audio/video files that I need to hear or see are saved for the gym. I’d also say my entire food stock at the house has become healthy. After years of doing food segments on live TV, inevitably, I’d have a host or celebrity guest that would require me to show the world how to make a particular dish gluten free, dairy free, or vegan. This required a lot of research because I always prepare for any question that could come up to avoid being stumped on a national live TV show in front of millions (a big fear N A S HVI LLE FI TMAGA ZI NE .COM

as you can tell haha). I was just was so blown away by the benefits learned that it really influenced the entire food ecosystem of what’s around me and what I put in my body. Gluten and dairy have been eliminated and I am now surrounded by more vegetables in my kitchen and on my plate with a growler full of fresh green juice from Juice Bar in the fridge at all times. I have even been trying to eat vegan 2-3 days a week and thankfully Sunda has an awesome vegetarian and vegan menu with some super flavorful dishes. Travel is where the biggest challenges start to arise, but after years of traveling to NYC and LA to film different shows, Chicago to work with my teams on Sunda and my Underground Nightclub, I think I am starting to get a decent system down. I pack healthy food with me such as my own mix of gluten free granola with goji berries, coconut, and pumpkin seeds. I also bring my own plant based protein and stock my hotel fridge with berries and Greek yogurt for the mornings. I usually have sliced turkey meat for emergency late night snacks, and I also plan my meetings at places that have healthy options close by. I also carry this natural gum called Sweet Defeat that fights my sugar cravings and helps me get to the next safe spot to eat instead of buckling on bad stuff for me inbetween. I will tell you though, part of the reason I am this hardcore about is because food and restaurants are a huge part of my life. I have to eat extremely large amounts of food at tastings with my chefs, while entertaining sometimes, as well as while doing research and development in other cities. When traveling, I also typically stay close to an Equinox or CorePower Yoga to hop in and manage stress, continue to stay energized, and keep a healthy feeling. Being conscious of that really helps. I also think mentally it’s great to be around fun individuals and teachers to stay motivated instead of getting into the mindset of traveling alone and working 18 hour days, which I did for a long time.

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What were some of the struggles to get Sunda up and running in Nashville and how did you manage those? I thought the biggest challenge coming from Chicago to Nashville would be an unfamiliarity with the diversity of true and authentic South East Asian food and flavors we have from sushi to Korean BBQ to Filipino feasts. But the community has been absolutely amazing and supportive, many saying they had dined at Sunda in Chicago and considered it their favorite restaurant. A number artists in Nashville that have toured the world said they got to try high level South East Asian flavors and were so psyched to have it in their backyard. It’s been a very welcoming atmosphere and I have been extemely appreciative of the support. The only real struggle now is for our entire industry under COVID fears, shutdowns, and restrictions. Restaurants are rapidly closing in these unprecedented times and those that are fighting to stay open are on their last legs. So many operators are losing their dream family businesses, and in some cases their life savings and even homes. We really need to come together. Visit your local restaurants or if you are staying in, buy gift cards or order take out. If possible, try to avoid third party delivery services as they will typically take a majority of the profit from the local operators, which many small independent businesses just can not afford.

was out on my own, trying to hustle and work every minute I could to take care of my mom and sister. I put myself through school to survive. Looking back, there were so many scary challenges that flooded my life, but there were also (many times anonymous) people that gave me a helping hand or opportunity when I needed it. I’ll never forget that. Combined with our Sunda family's natural DNA to take care of our community, it was an extension of our core values we knew we had to do. We have been donating 100 meals to people in need through the pandemic and shutdown in areas where a lot of jobs have been lost. We've helped the hospitality industry, kids who are missing that middle of the day school meal, and homeless in in transition. If you'd like to help the community and add to our efforts make sure you go to https:// sundanewasian.com/service and give back tot he those in need by buying a meal. I can’t tell you how much it is needed. To be able to deliver comfort, relief and a smile and allow people to fight another day is why we do it.

Billy's signature cocktail at Sunda Nashville, the Super Fresh Saketini

whole fried fish, longanisa sausage, dragon fruit, and lumpia eggrolls. It's piled high to create some amazing colors too. With influences from diverse countries like China and Spain, we would all eat this feast on special holidays and family occasions, all with our hands (“Kamay” means “hands” in our native language of Tagalog). It's a traditional meal that's connected by food, family and friends, as our ancestors were. Now that we are being extra careful at Sunda with COVID precautions, we have temporarily paused these sold out community dinners. Due to requests from our guests though. It’s definitely my favorite thing (sometimes with a sushi roll on the side breaking the rules haha) that I hope you will try one day!

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Are you working on anything for 2021 you’d like to share? I’m so humbled and proud to have a documentary on PBS coming out called “FOOD ROOTS” about how after losing two of my last three elders in the Philippines on the same day and feeling like the link to my ethnic roots was vanishing, I dropped everything and journeyed back to my mother's native 7,641 islands of the Philippines to find my last surviving elder (my Lola’s sister) and learn the recipes of my ancestors. To learn about my cultural and culinary heritage, my family story, and my roots has been amazing. For more and to watch the trailer, visit http://billydec.com/documentary. I decided to work with all local Middle Tennessee partners to make this film happen, so please consider donating to PBS for this project right there on the link, as it’s non-profit critical storytelling that I hope inspires kids and adults to seek out and learn their roots through the recipes of their ancestors. It's made me so proud! I hope you will like it.

Chop Chop Chicken Salad

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Salad Mix:

◊ 2 heads romaine hearts, sliced 1/4 inch thick ◊ 1 pound spinach, sliced 1/4 inch thick ◊ 1 cup julienne carrots ◊ 1 cup sliced mangoes (optional) ◊ 1 cup julienne cucumbers

Salad Mix:

◊ 1 cup seasoned rice wine vinegar ◊ 1 tablespoon minced jalapenos, no seeds ◊ 2 tablespoons soy sauce ◊ 1/2 cup fine chopped toasted peanuts ◊ 1 tablespoon minced canned jalapenos with juice ◊ 1 teaspoon grated ginger ◊ 1 teaspoon kosher salt

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◊ 1 pound cooked shredded chicken breasts (from a rotisserie chicken)

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What is one of your favorite recipes you'd like to share with the Nashville Fit Magazine community? One of my favorite recipes from some of my TODAY SHOW segments is a Chop Chop Salad we have at Sunda that I made with that I made with Regis Philbin, Kathlie Lee Gifford, and Hoda Kotb – which by the way everyone should watch as it’s one of my favorite episodes. The Chicken Chili Verde is super delicious, healthy, and will keep in the fridge for the fall and winter. You can even enjoy in during the summer!

Salad Presentation:

◊ 4 cups salad mix ◊ 1/2 cup chicken ◊ 3 ounces peanut dressing

Preparation: For The Peanut Dressing Place all ingredients in a blender, using the pulse option, quickly pulse the dressing until uniform, dressing will not emulsify, dressing is meant to be mixed before each use. Transfer to container and keep refrigerated. For The Salad Presentation In a mixing bowl, spoon dressing onto the bottom of the bowl, add salad mix and chicken and toss until well coated. Transfer to serving bowl and serve. Garnish with chopped peanuts.

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NASHVILLE WALKS

WITH SHAWN After Shawn Dromgoole posted on social media his fears walking as an African American man in his Nashville neighborhood, his neighbors came to walk with him.

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hawn Dromgoole and his family have been living in the 12 South neighborhood in Nashville for 54 years. They've lived on the same corner in the same neighborhood and the 29-yearold has been walking down those streets all his life. Lately, however, with everything happening in the news today, Shawn hasn't felt at home or even safe in his own community. A few days after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Shawn posted an honest message on his Facebook page saying he didn't feel comfortable walking the streets of his 12th South neighborhood. He said he'd become afraid because he is a black man. A number of neighbors and friends commented on the post and with their support, Shawn would no longer be afraid. Soon after, Shawn's neighbors offered to walk with him to give him courage and trust. At the first meet up, around 75 people gathered at a restaurant parking lot and encouraged Shawn to help organize more walks to create more awareness. Now with even more support, Shawn has continued walking for the cause and wearing T-shirts with the words "#wewalkwithshawn" in pink letters. With the help of neighbors from all over Nashville, Shawn's fear has turned into hope and he is taking his message to the streets. Now organized under the name "We Walk With Shawn," the multi-faceted project is focused on strengthening communities by connecting neighbors, discussing important topics, and empowering black and brown people


through walks and good conversations. Shawn also points out that his walks aren't protests, but rather about unity. "They are about getting to know and help our fellow neighbors

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and not being afraid to have tough conversations," Shawn adds. The walks are also having a positive effect on Shawn's mental and physcial habits. With all of the organized walks, he has certainly been getting his daily steps in. "While I'm on this journey, my health has improved dramatically. It's encouraged me to incorporate walking into my daily routine, focus on my health with a trainer, and so much more. I have increased my stamina, I have more energy, and my clothes fit me better now too. After that first walk I was severely out of breath and now I’m able to walk longer distances with more energy at the end." Shawn hopes to keep walking and visit one city per state per week to get his message out and has even started his Hope Tour which began near the end of October. Shawn will walk in Washington DC, Selma, Alabama, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with the purpose of sharing hope for our country around election time, encouraging voting, and further education. "As we approach this historic election it's important to me to remind others to stay hopeful. The We Walk With Shawn Hope Tour is a journey to visit the places where our country was founded and where laws were changed for the better. It will be a reminder that we are on a journey to a more perfect union in our Nation and that each of us has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." N OV/ D E C 2 0 2 0

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LOCAL GYM CONTINUES TO MAKE THE NASHVILLE FITNESS

COMMUNITY A PRIORITY Redline Quality Fitness knows the importance of a strong community and is doing its part to extend that relationship outside of its own walls.

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elebrating its third anniversary earlier this year in April, Redline Quality Fitness is a training facility located near Maryland Farms in Brentwood founded on the principles of community, accountability and quality through fitness. Owner Devin Tolentino has had decades of experience in the fitness industry and offers his members group fitness strength and conditioning training for all levels. Devin and his team know all too well the power of community and have worked hard to develop a strong family inside Redline's walls. They also know the importance of extending that community and have been dropping in to support local gyms in the area since they

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opened. “As a gym, we have always prioritized educating ourselves, stepping out of our comfort zone and supporting the growing fitness industry in Nashville. We want other gym owners and coaches out there grinding it out to know that we respect and value their efforts in promoting and practicing excellence through fitness," Devin says. "The #REDLINEWorldTour, as we like to call it, is about recognizing that we are not an island and we can all learn from each other. As professionals in the industry it’s important to always be experiencing all of the great offerings of fitness our city has to offer." We couldn't agree more! FACEB O O K.CO M/ N AS HVIL L E F I T M AGA Z I NE


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FITNESS 2.0

As gyms and studios fight to reopen in various cities across the Nation, at-home fitness is beginning to take center stage. Fitt.co Insider reports.

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s everyone appears to be scrambling to bundle equipment with content these days, the role of the fitness professional could start to become overlooked and undervalued. A band-aid approach to COVID-related closures, there has been a huge rush to help trainers build their own “virtual fitness studios”. Beyond videobased content, whichever company decides to take a Shopify-like approach to “arming the rebels” could redefine fitness in 2021. In March, when shutdowns went into effect, home fitness became a substitute for hitting the gym. Months later, is it feeling more and more like a possible replacement? To be clear, community and human connection will always set the in-person experience apart from sweating at home. Whether it’s a personal preference, price, or purely a matter of square footage, working out at home may not be for everyone. Still, there’s no denying a shift is underway. COVID is upending industries, accelerating trends, and cementing new habits. The change sweeping across the fitness industry is indicative of farreaching disruption. "The biggest migrations, probably in consumer history, are about to take place. The first is 18% of GDP is up for grabs, because healthcare is being blown up. The $700B higher education cartel is being blown up. And also the sweat industrial complex," says NYU professor Scott Galloway. In theory, home exercise represents an alternative to gyms and studios. But, in execution, the growing number of at-home options hoping to seize this moment are simply replicating the gym or studio experience. "Taking a step back, last year, the US fitness industry had surged to $35B in value. Globally, that number exceeded $100B. More than big-box gyms, boutique fitness fueled growth across the industry. On the back of this trend, studios like F45 Training and Orangetheory Fitness opened more than 1,000 locations," Fitt.co reports. The problem is that a flurry of at-home fitness options hitting the scene are implementing a flawed 56

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approach from the start. More specifically, the majority of entrants to this market have two models in mind: cardio equipment and group fitness. "As the thinking goes, bringing spin class or bootcamp into the home democratizes fitness by increasing access. But that presupposes that everyone enjoys spin or bootcamp. Further, it suggests these options are a suitable or effective form of exercise for most people," Fitt.co adds. Of course, that’s not the case. Mainly because it’s not the point. As it stands, the success or failure of home fitness hinges on the business model where a piece of hardware is tethered to a content subscription. Everything else is an afterthought. Constructed in the likeness of the traditional fitness industry, home fitness isn’t all that disruptive. For now, it’s more like fitness 2.0. In the immediate aftermath of COVID-related shutdowns, fitness moved online. Everyone, from trainers to clients, had to make do. They had no choice. But as weeks turned into months, the collective patience with glitchy Zoom calls, payment links, and makeshift software stacks wore thin. Fortunately, a number of startups have spotted this pain-point and sprung into action to help trainers improve the digital experience. But there are some cons arising. Like the majority of at-home fitness options, the companies hoping to serve the industry and its trainers are building solutions based on their perception of the fitness industry, not the role of the fitness professional. As a result, exercisers and, more importantly, non-exercisers who don’t resonate with instructor-led, boutique-style classes, will remain unserved. Instead of operating within the framework of the fitness industry, it could be helpful to seek inspiration elsewhere. From video and messaging to billing, scheduling, marketing, custom programming, and so much more, building the infrastructure for Fitness 3.0 is the next opportunity up for grabs. Sign up for Fitt Insider at https://insider.fitt.co

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HEALTHY FOR THE HOLIDAYS

by NICOLE SWICKLE

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Shifting Focus from Food to Friends & Family.

he year is 2020 and the holiday season is quickly approaching. It feels weird to put that to paper, as yesterday felt like March. While group gatherings might look a little different this year, holiday treats are still a likely bet at festivities. For many of us, the “Quarantine 15” is real. Layer in the holiday sugar coma and we may not be feeling like our best selves. Socializing, eating and drinking often go hand-in-hand. One drink leads to two. One tasting off the charcuterie board becomes the whole block of cheese. “I’ll start tomorrow” becomes “I’ll start January 1st” and so on and so forth. Let me start by saying there is nothing wrong with these tendencies. It’s called being human. Welcome to the club. If you are someone who wakes up the next morning with a sense of guilt for feeling bloated or uncomfortable, don’t beat yourself up. The best thing you can do is plan to make better choices moving forward. Allow yourself some grace and head into the holidays with confidence. Here are some tips to help you focus on the people around you, stay present in the moment and attain the goals you’ve set for yourself. Get Outside! The weather in Nashville is beautiful this time of year. The air is crisp and the leaves are changing. Aside from the physical benefits of opting outdoors – going for a casual stroll is a fun way to play catch up with loved ones without the pressure of deciding what or what not to eat in front of others.

you. Celebrate what the holidays are really about – people! Don’t Skip Meals Most of us do it! We save up calories throughout the day so we can splurge at night. The trouble is, we often overdo a good thing after starving ourselves all day, like going to town on appetizers the moment we arrive at a gathering. A healthier approach is to plan a low-fat, high-protein breakfast, light lunch and a balanced holiday meal. Properly hydrating will also trick your body into feeling fuller. Drink more water! Keep a full bottle handy and try taking a drink when a craving arises before reaching for a snack. Plan Ahead With Your Goals In Mind If you’re dining out, suggest a restaurant with menu options that work for you. Similarly, if you’re meeting at someone’s home, prepare a tasty but guilt-free dish. Often times, friends and family will try to encourage you to “have a bite” or “live a little” and that’s perfectly OK! Saying “no thank you” is also perfectly OK. The people in your life might not understand your habits, but the ones that matter will be supportive. Though 2020 has been the year of uncertainty, we can be certain our holiday cravings and extra helpings will be back. Let’s remember to have a healthy appetite for gratitude and a little grace, with a side of celebration.

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THE ROOT BRAND BEGINS EXPANSION IN NASHVILLE

Nashville based company, The Root Brands, aims to create products that support your body to detox, cleanse, focus and relax, simply and naturally.

For the last 16 years, Root Brand owner, Clayton Thomas, has focused on detoxification and supplementation formulas in various business ventures. Clayton also possesses over 25 years of experience in the health and wellness industry. Growing up in a veterinary practice in southwest Washington, Clayton developed a unique background in integrative therapies and research science that started in animal health. Having a degree in humanities with a focus in communications, business and kinesiology his broad studies have allowed for a history that includes research and product development. Clayton's background created a business philosophy based on environmental and human health solutions, with a continued dedication to animal health. The Root Brand came to life through the desire to fundamentally reimagine the path to wellness and provide individuals with the knowledge and solutions to tackle some of the biggest health challenges faced today - a toxic environment and body, stress and unhappiness, and the need to improve cognitive function. The company identified different needs in the world, people to help, and came together with an idea to bring high quality products to the masses based on their EASI core values and beliefs: Education, 60

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Authenticity, Simplicity, and Integrity. Instead of treating symptoms, Root treats the underlying cause with natural wellness. Their product Clean Slate, for example, uses Zeolite, one of nature's best detoxifying mineral in a proprietary patent-pending formulation, to help wipe your cells clean of the toxins. It's your body's chance to oust the bad stuff and start new. Their products also support the absorption of nutrients by the removal of toxins which may block nutrient binding sites. An entrepreneur in the healthcare industry, Clayton has developed business models of analytical testing in medical practices to improve quality of care by identifying risks of the big three diseases - diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity. This analysis was designed to provide the platform for products. "We know everyone wants to have an equal opportunity in all areas of life, so we took the best of our experiences to provide a safe, equal, and enjoyable route to achievement in many areas," Clayton says. Clayton has served as a business development specialist in every aspect of wellness: sales, marketing, distribution, consulting, formulation, manufacturing, and now the architect of a completely new method of business with The Root Brand social sharing platform. His mission is to simply cure the cause through scientific and business approaches. Visit https://therootbrands.com to learn more about their available products and expansion.

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Dani Dyer Owner of Dani D. Fitness Certified Personal Trainer Health & Wellness Coordinator dani@danidfitness.com @danidfitness1 http://danidfitness.com

Conrad Goeringer IRONMAN Triathlon Coach theworkingtriathlete@gmail.com @coach_goeringer https://www.workingtriathlete.com

Andrea Kay MS, ACE, ACSM, AEA Personal Training, Pilates, Power Plate, Aquatics Longevity Fitness Trainer 615.618.2081 andreakay@additin.org @additin3 https://www.additin.org

Chad McClellan, D.C. Performance Based Chiropractic drchad@chiropracticnashville.com @chironash http://www.chiropracticnashville.com

Dr. Brittney McGetrick, DC, RD Evergreen Chiropractic Gonstead Doctor of Chiropractic Registered Dietitian, Yoga Instructor drmcgetrick@evergreenchironash.com @dr.mcgetrick https://www.evergreenchironash.com

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Leslie Stein Nashville Food & Lifestyle Coach Certified in Plant-Based Nutrition les.stein1@gmail.com http://www.absolutely4everfit.com @lesliestein.lifestyle

Dr. Thomas Nabors Cosmetic + General Dentistry @drthomasnabors https://www.thomasnabors.com

Justin Todd Personal Trainer jtoddperformance@gmail.com @jtoddperformance

Joyce Veronica Certified Personal Trainer/ Fitness/Nutrition Coach jvfitnss@gmail.com @joyceveronica

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DECEMBER 12/2/20 NuMama Prenatal Yoga NuPower Yoga+Barre Nashville, TN 12/4/20 Get Fit at the Brewery Get Fit On The Go Fitness Mill Creek Brewing Co Mill Creek Taproom Nolensville, TN 12/12/20 Christmas Light Run Clarksville Parks and Recreation McGregor Park Clarksville, TN 12/12/20 Bell Ringer Trail Run Tennessee State Parks Run Club Burns, TN

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