How I Get Sh*t Done: Shanna Hutcheson
Meet Shanna Hutcheson! She’s a non-diet registered dietitian in Kansas! She is super passionate about health and nutrition, so much so she decided to start a blog- Wellness for the Win! Shanna promotes and practices a balanced approach to health, encourages other to eat a variety of foods, and engage in joyful movement! This week on HIGSD, I sit down with Shanna to discuss everything from the most common nutrition myths to her go to snacks!
Q: It’s your average morning; tell us about your morning routine?
A: Usually on the weekdays I wake up at 5 AM (or 5:10 AM, after snoozing my alarm a few times) to go workout at my fitness studio, Health House, along with my husband at 6 AM. I usually eat my breakfast once I get to work, which consists of a few hard boiled eggs, and some type of homemade baked good, like carrot pumpkin muffins or whole wheat banana bread with almond butter. Thankfully, I have a short commute to work, and I do get to work from home a few days a week and hang out with my dogs while I get stuff done. : )
Q: You’re a registered dietitian- what are the most common myths in nutrition people still believe? (ie: myths on carbs, do we need to drink 8 cups of water every day, etc)
A: I think the biggest myth I see/hear every day is that weight is equivalent to health (AKA, smaller body healthy and larger body = unhealthy). There is so much more to a person's health their just their body weight.
Another one would be that carbs make you gain weight. Carbohydrates can absolutely be included in a healthy, balanced diet, and most carbohydrate foods have many beneficial nutrients to offer. They do not need to be avoided, but I'd say majority of people I see are trying to "cut carbs".
Another myth: diets work. There is a lot of research that shows that dieting does not work and in fact, it may actually lead to weight gain, preoccupation with food, disordered eating behaviors, body dissatisfaction and more.
Q: What’s your favourite way to get your sweat on?
A: My favorite way to get my sweat on is by going to my fitness home, Health House! HH does 45 minute group fitness classes that consist of a combination of rowing, a lot of strength training and HIIT. It's an amazing workout, and my favorite way to start the day!
For lower intensity days, I love going on long solo walks and listening to podcasts!
Q: You’re constantly on the go, what’s your favourite snacks, smoothie place, coffee place, etc that you like to have on a busy day to keep you going?
A: I am definitely a big snacker, so I always try to be prepared and pack tons of snacks to bring with me! Some of my go to snacks are: mixed nuts/homemade trail mix, string cheese/sliced cheese, whole grain crackers, fruit squeeze packs / unsweetened applesauce with cinnamon, roasted sweet potatoes with almond butter, and protein bars. I only drink coffee a couple times a week, and if I do, I'm a snob and only like it from Starbucks. ; )
Q: What’s your favourite way to unwind after a long week?
A: Depends on my (our) mood, but my husband and I will either go out for dinner and a few drinks, ideally on a patio somewhere, or if we're feeling lazy, we might get some food to-go, bring it home and binge on Netflix while cuddling with our dogs. I cook at home almost every night during the week, so by the weekend, I'm ready to kick back and let someone else do the cooking!
Q: What’s your bedtime routine look like?
A: After dinner and before bed, I usually want something sweet! I'll typically just have a square of dark chocolate dipped in almond butter, some bites of ice cream or an Eat Enlightened ice cream bar.
Since we workout early in the morning, we get to bed pretty early too, and try to turn the lights out around 9 PM. We will wind down in the evening by watching something on Netflix (Big Little Lies, Stranger Things, Schitt's Creek, Dead To Me and Imposters are some recent favorites). Sometimes I plan my content for the next day before bed (although I try to be better about planning ahead!)
I don't do any fancy face masks or anything before bed, but I always make sure to wash my face, remove my makeup and moisturize. I also alternate between using my retinol and an acne toner at night.
Q: What’s the best piece of advice someone has given you?
A: It sounds cliche, but stay true to yourself! In this weird, social media-obsessed world today, it's easy to get caught up in what everyone else is doing, and be tempted to say/do what everyone else is doing. But, just remember that you are special and one-of-a-kind, so just be yourself! If people don't like you for you, then that's their problem, not yours.
Q: What’s next for you? (projects, aspirations, partnerships, etc)
A: My husband and I are currently building a house, so we can't wait to watch our dream home come to life over the next 7-8 months! I am really looking forward to that, as well as some partnerships I have lined up in the next few months, including my first sponsored travel vacation. I will continue to work hard on my blog to provide my audience with valuable content that will hopefully enhance their life in some way.
Q: What does Healthy is Hot mean to you?
A: Everyone has a little bit of a different definition of "healthy" these days. But for me, being healthy has a lot more to do with my mental health, my relationships and how I'm able to balance out all the different responsibilities in my life, vs. my physical appearance. Healthy is Hot means being confident and loving yourself for who you are today, but also continuing to work on yourself (for you) and taking time for self-care. Being healthy means respecting the one body you've been given. That doesn't mean eating perfectly healthy all the time or never missing a workout, but more so giving yourself grace and having some flexibility within your healthy lifestyle.