Blake Bolden

Introducing fellow professional hockey player from Cleveland Ohio, Blake Bolden! Blake is an inspiration and role model to female athletes, both youth and professional level. As a hockey player she has accomplished many achievements such as:

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  • Playing D1 hockey at Boston College - Scholarship/Captain

  • USA Hockey National Team member

  • CWHL Champion

  • CWHL All-Star participant

  • Playing international hockey in Switzerland - HC Lugano

  • Business owner - Blake Bolden Athletics

These are just a few highlights! With a degree in Psychology and Human Development, she provides a mentorship program for coaching athletes in training, mental skills/preparation, nutrition, goal setting and more! Now, Blake states, “I am continuing to develop myself as a player and person. Fulfilling my life with as much positivity as possible. Living by example-Showing girls thats it’s okay to be strong, confident, intelligent, beautiful, and independent. Self-love is HUGE and we all need to find it! I believe we need more professional female athletes in all sports sharing their experiences to educate/ mentor our youth in reaching their goals. Congrats Blake!

Food Motto:

“Live and eat in color!! Powered by plants or plant powered! 

Snack:

“Avocado toast with red onions mushrooms and tomatoes.” 

Why nutrition interests you?

“Started with cooking. When I had time I’d have fun whipping up meals with what I had in the kitchen. Then decided to stop eating meat, doing research about veggies, antioxidants, proteins, healthy fats, etc and fell in love with making healthy food taste really good.”

Feel good drink:

“Boiled ginger ACV tea with honey mint and lemon. Whenever I’m feeling under the weather which doesn’t happen often, I’ll make tea from scratch and it completely knocks out any cold I have coming!”

More information on her website: www.blakebolden.com and follow on Instagram: @sportblake

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Julian Carr
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Utah Native, Professional Skier, 2x World Record holder for Cliff front flips, Mountain Race Director for Cirque Series, and Founder of Discrete Clothing! Through his athletic platform, Carr has built an empire of “pushing peaks,” promoting the love for the outdoors. An inspiration to many! More on his website: juliancarr.squarespace.com


Food Motto-

“Eat what you want to, with sensibility’. Common denominator is avoiding grains.  I’ve found/learned I align with oily/fatty foods; fish, avocado, olives, nuts.. leaning towards a paleo diet rounded out with lots of greens & fruit.”

Favorite snack while in the mountains -

Plain organic almonds & dark chocolate. 

Feel good drink (smoothie) -

Spirulina, kale, broccoli, carrot, ginger, BCAAs, coconut milk, almond based yogurt, water, & banana. 

What does nutrition mean to you? -

“Nutrition is hugely important in my life, as I always say my idea of wealth is health & happiness (I even took the next step to have my blood work studied that reflects, overall, very good health evaluation, however, my insulin was high, hence, my avoidance of grains.. my blood type doesn’t metabolize carbs/grains, but metabolizes oily rich foods and greens efficiently.  It’s wild to learn that, for years, I was eating a massive bowl of premium oatmeal every morning.. to find out that eating bacon, eggs, olives is much better for me.  And I can feel it, and see it. I’ve always felt great, but now I feel like I am hitting a brand new stride with my energy and vitality.  It’s exciting). But I’ll still throw down a good burger once a month or so.” 

What motivated you to start your own business? -

“I started Discrete as am important undercurrent to my skiing career, as a professional athlete, you have a shelf life, Discrete is a constant source of challenge and reward, with roots in the mountains, another platform of expression for my love of the outdoors. I have been fortunate to leverage Discrete via my professional skiing platform, and vice versa. Most recently, I founded Cirque Series, a mountain running race series with six stops in four states in the USA; Colorado, Utah, Alaska, and Idaho.  Over the next 3-5 years as I transition out of professional skiing I’ve built Discrete & Cirque Series into viable businesses that I can still be entrenched in storytelling based around high alpine fun/pursuits.”  

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Melissa May

~Melissa May~
(Aka @barefoot.alaskan )
This is one of the most courageous spontaneous people I know! Melissa is the queen of world traveling. She packed her backpack, camera, and got on a plane to go travel for months at a time to experience life and new cultures. Jumping from hostel to hostel she has been to 29 different countries and documented her trips on a new Instagram account (@barefoot.alaskan.) One day (I’ve been bugging her,) she will start a blog posting all her destinations and how she stayed on the road for months at a time on a strict budget. Traveling isn’t an easy thing to do, but as Melissa says, you find out so much about yourself and really grow as a person. The “Travel Bug” is a healthy bug to have!

What’s your food Motto?

“My food motto is mostly a plant based diet- I eat a TON of veggies but also eat a good amount of halibut & salmon! I am always making lots of different veggie bowl combos. For the most part I really focus on eating whole foods “

What’s your pre-workout meal?

“Before I workout I love to toast some organic seed bread with a little almond butter, a drizzle of honey, sliced banana, and unsweetened coconut shavings. Just enough to keep me full & fueled for a workout!”

Inspiration for planning meals?

“I am pretty bad at planning meals, but I also always have a pretty fully stocked fridge so I usually just throw whatever veggies I have and sauté them up and add some spices and will either use black beans or chickpea pasta for protein. Or I’ll just look up a recipe on some of my favorite health accounts on insta!” 

Why do you value nutrition?

“I value nutrition because I feel so much healthier and so full of energy when I am consuming foods that help make me feel good.”

What was your motivation to start eating healthy?

“I’ve always eaten a very healthy diet but I’ve learned a lot more about nutrition in the last couple of months. For the most part I really eat whole foods. I especially pay a lot more attention to the ingredients that are in food labels and where my food is coming from. I am really focusing on consuming food that helps make me stay full & makes me feel well nourished!”

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