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Life & Work with Stevi Portz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stevi Portz.

Hi Stevi, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Health and fitness has always been more than the physical aspect for me. As most humans do, I have struggled with anxiety and formerly clinical depression. While therapy has been a productive outlet for me to help, I never found solace in medication. Oftentimes it made me feel even worse than before. Fitness became an outlet for me to redirect the energy of depression and anxiety. In 2017, I decided I wanted to help others with the same struggle by becoming a cycle, boxing and hot Pilates instructor at TruFusion Las Vegas, a national franchise offering a variety of fitness and yoga classes under one roof. This line of work showed me how much I could use my mental health journey to motivate others in the fitness space. That same year I created my online community that could openly speak about mental health, practical fitness and nutrition that is within reach.

I launched my Instagram @StayFitStevi and blog www.stayfitstevi.com to share healthy versions of not-so-healthy recipes, wellness tips and day-to-day health. As my writing developed through my blog, I was hired at TruFusion Headquarters. I wrote and conceptualized TruFusion’s online education platform, featuring 600+ fitness and yoga courses to train our instructors across the nation. Today, I have continued my health and wellness career in Newport Beach, California at Truvani founded by The Food Babe, a nutrition wellness company working daily to change the food industry standards. My goal has never been to become an “influencer,” but rather create a space of practical health and wellness for people. Eventually, I am working to provide nutrition courses, meal plans and 1:1 mental and physical coaching to those I can help.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has not always been a smooth road. Life has thrown some obstacles my way that absolutely challenged my mental health and made me think I was reverting to some of my lowest lows. I was entirely miserable at my first job out of college, I went through a break up of a six years relationship, quit my job and moved to a new city, and of course, 2020 challenged me just as it did all of us… but my best investment through all of this was therapy. I didn’t always have the energy to cook healthy, go to the gym or stay on track with a solid routine. Anyone who claims to do that 24/7 is generally not telling you the whole story. I made therapy a priority and personal financial commitment since January 2020 and can’t explain how much of a difference it has made. Therapy is important when you are low, but it is especially important to continue if you are able to when you are feeling solid. The most work I have done is when my thoughts and feelings are not clouded by sad situations and I can truly work on myself. I know therapy is a privilege that not everyone has access to, but I highly advocate for it if you have the means.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
My career has evolved from the fitness and yoga spectrum to the nutrition and wellness side. Today, I work for a company called Truvani co-founded by famous food activist and blogger Vani Hari, AKA The Food Babe. She’s been featured on many notable podcasts and publications for her work to call out and reform big name food companies on the horrible, unidentifiable ingredients commonly found in our food and other products. She started Truvani to create vitamins, supplements and protein powders with organic, easy-to-identify ingredients you can trust. I work on the creative marketing end to educate people on healthier lifestyles and food choices. I run @StayFitStevi on the side to continue providing nutritious recipes and everyday tips to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I believe what sets me apart is the practicality of my approach to health and fitness. I make it through the In-N-Out drive thru once a week, I occasionally drink wine on weekdays and I skip a workout here and there but don’t we all? The moment we start punishing ourselves for living a life outside of nutrition and fitness is when we start to resent healthy living and look at it as a chore.

What’s next?
In the future, I would love to take my StayFitStevi brand and turn it into a fitness nutrition coaching program, with mental health practices threaded into my offerings. This will look like weekly meal/detox plans I can offer clientele, as well as 1:1 coaching and recipe books.

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