It’s all about eating foods that make you feel good, loving the body you’re in, and living the healthiest you

Hi everyone! My name is Hanna and I am a Nutritionist and wellness specialist, food blogger, and owner of The Healthiest Me – a healthy lifestyle company based in Youngstown, Ohio. The Healthiest Me grew out of my lifelong passion for nourishing foods, simple nutrition, and finding happiness within it all. Guided by a holistic and always realistic approach, my mission is to inspire a healthy daily lifestyle through balanced nutrition and real food recipes.

I started my website and blog nearly four years ago when leaving for my first year of college. I was terrified of the notorious freshman fifteen, and at the time, obsessed with the thought of looking “toned.” I imagined my blog to serve as an outlet for my knowledge (or what I thought was knowledge), as well as a platform to help and connect with likeminded gals while away at university. Even with the best intentions, my naive mind had much to learn; I gained twenty-five pounds in a little over six weeks, I became even more obsessive and restrictive with my diet, and I found myself dealing with a lot of anxiety. Despite the many physical changes that my body quickly endured, coming to terms with who I was on the inside was truly the hardest part.

I was left with one of the biggest decisions of my (young) life: continue on this path of disordered eating, anxious thoughts, and a sense guilt every time I even thought about food – or quiet my ego, educate myself, and grow from the experience. As I look back, I can remember this moment being the first time I could actually admit that I wasn’t healthy. For so long, my health was measured on a scale of how many times I could go to the gym in a week, how many calories below MyFitnessPal’s recommendation I could restrict, and what my body looked like in the mirror upon waking every morning. I’m sharing these moments not because they are my proudest moments, but because they are the most defining. I’ve gone through many phases, tried many things, and failed countless times along the way. It was in those moments of complete unhappiness and vulnerability that I was able to learn, understand, and grow. I was able to find what did work for me, what nourishing my body truly meant, and redefine my definition of health and wellness.

I am a graduate of Arizona State University, where I earned my Bachelors of Science in Nutrition, as well as gained four years of experience with health coaching, positive behavior change, and holistic nutrition. The Healthiest Me has grown to become a small business where I work with clients one on one, and slang protein balls on the daily – I can’t say that I’m kidding. I aspire to continue my work in my hometown and eventually have my very own location where anyone and everyone can come and chat about all things nutrition and wellness, make friendships, be open to change, learn something new, and maybe even enjoy a delicious and healthy treat.

My goal is to provide you with the knowledge, support, and confidence to live the healthiest you, day in and day out. I believe in nourishing my body with real food and real ingredients, indulging with a treat day every now and again, and loving my body every step of the way. The Healthiest Me is learning how to become mindful in your choices, create space for new goals and opportunity, and define your own definition of healthy. It’s about learning how create balanced and nutritious meals that taste as good as they look, and look as good as they make you feel. My name is Hanna, this is The Healthiest Me, and I am so glad you’re here!

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27 thoughts on “Meet Hanna”

  1. Hi Hanna, I love what you stand for girl. Inspiring others it pretty darn incredible!!! I love following you blog!! Keep up the hard work!! You’re progress is amazing and you’re positivity shines!!!

  2. Hey, Hanna, thanks for stopping by my new blog, Angie Mc Now, and shooting a like my way. I appreciate your energy, tenacity, and willingness to change. Change can be rough, especially when we work hard on one path only to learn that we need to be on a different path! But each effort gets us closer to our goal of being our best self.

    I’m in AZ, closing on our current home, and moving to Tempe July 1. How about meeting for lunch at a foodie place, Pita Jungle perhaps, sometime? Consider this an open invitation 😀 If our paths don’t cross, just know that I’m rooting for you!

  3. Looking forward to following your blog. I lived in AZ for 23 years and now reside in TX. I looked into the ASU course you talked about and find it totally up my alley! It would be so weird to attend college out of state when I used to live there! Thanks for the insight!

  4. One thing I learned in a movie from Dan Millman called the Peaceful Warrior is that it is the journey not the destination and that each moment we are always on the journey to obtain self centeredness (not selfishness) within the four main components of life health, wealth, love and happiness. Smart girl for so young.

  5. What a gripping “about me” page! Ha, I’ve never read one that I was genuinely interested in until today. Thanks for the “like,” and I’ll be following your blog from now on!

  6. I love your page and I have been on a similar fitness journey. I have just started my blog but I don’t know how to get it out there. Any advice would be great! I look forward to reading more. x

    1. Hi Jade! Congratulations on starting a blog, it’s such a fun experience! Building an audience is all about creating your presence. As cliche as it might be, consistency is key and the more you write, the more people will read. Along with writing, it’s important to engage with other bloggers as well! So just as you did with me, stopping by to say “hi” is a great way to gain some attention! Marketing yourself and your blog through outside platforms is another really great way to build an audience. I personally really love Instagram, Facebook and even Pinterest. Building a following takes so much time and some days will seem like it’s not even worth it. But believe me, it is! I’m still in that process but I’ve learned to just appreciate each and every subscriber like it’s my first. Keep with it, have fun, be you, and the rest will fall into place! I wish you all the best and I can’t wait to see what you have in store!

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