How a Former Triathlete Fuels Her Fitness-Focused Life (and Career)
“TNS Success” is a new column highlighting the incredible accomplishments of The Nutrition School alumni. We’re showcasing the healthy products our grads have created, the better eating habits they now consider second nature, and other ways TNS helped them find healthy, happy success—in life and business.
Tuttle grew up in Northern Cali playing soccer and volleyball and and became a college triathlete while studying Nutritional Science at California Polytechnic State University. And you can feel her long-lived passion for movement in her classes, where her warm, motivating approach pushes you to work harder (before you even realize how fast you’re treading or rowing).
Although Tuttle already had a degree in nutrition, she signed up for The Nutrition School “to further educate myself about nutrition, especially since the guidelines have changed so much since I graduated in 1998,” she says, and the program ended up inspiring her to look at her health from a broader point of view. “I can’t just focus on my activity and nutrition. I have to look at all aspects of my life. Making efforts to reduce stress and sleep more was the biggest change for me.”
Keep reading to find out more about Tuttle’s healthy lifestyle (and career) and how The Nutrition School helped her succeed at both.
TNS Success: Hollis Tuttle
Did The Nutrition School change your career path? It didn’t change it, but it definitely elevated it. I feel more confident in discussing nutrition with those who take my classes. I also like to stress the importance of making lifestyle changes to improve overall health: drink more water, sleep, take rest days, reduce stress, exercise, and of course eat more thoughtfully.
What’s the one food you always have in your fridge? Kombucha—I drink it every day, which is why I now make my own. And raw almond butter. I seriously wish that I could grow my own almonds to make my own.
The one snack you always have when traveling? Right now it is the RXBar in Chocolate Sea Salt.
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What’s your workout of choice? This is way too hard to answer…I obviously love to run, row, and lift weights, but lately I have really enjoyed rock climbing.
How do you stay active outside the gym? I walk a lot—seven miles a day on average. If I’m able to venture outside of NYC, I love trail running or hiking. Being in nature is now such a luxury.
What’s your go-to tool for managing stress? A hard sweat session followed by a super relaxing activity like a pedicure or massage.
What does it mean to you to “live consciously”? To fully live in the moment. I make the decision to be present and thankful for the opportunity to be doing whatever it is that I may be doing—teaching, sweating, reading, enjoying lunch with friends.
What’s your weirdest healthy habit? Hot herb tea. No matter the weather, I will always be drinking hot herb tea. Even if it is hot and humid, I will not switch to iced tea. I find hot tea soothing. Plus, it helps keep me well hydrated.
Which healthy habit do you wish you had more time for? Maintaining a consistent sleep pattern. My schedule can make doing this very challenging.