Food for life

5 Jan

Linda Wagner looks great.

But, more importantly, Linda Wagner feels great.

And she’s on a crusade to help others feel great, too. Her nutrition consulting business is booming, with clients connecting with her from the greater Austin area and beyond – way beyond – from as far away as the Cayman Islands and Australia.

Her blog has an average of 100,000 visitors each month, with viewers looking for advice on everything from weight loss to feeling more energetic to clearing up their skin.

Linda was an all-conference athlete at Iowa State as a springboard diver in the early 2000s. A month after graduating with a degree in psychology, she moved to Austin to train at the University of Texas in hopes of making the U.S. National Team. She placed 6th at nationals in 2005, but it wasn’t enough to earn a spot on the team. And a persistent back injury led her to give up the sport.

By then, she says, her body was run down. “I had gained weight and my spirits were low. I started looking for an answer.”

For the next four years, she worked and trained with a clinical nutritionist. Her life’s work now centers on “nutrition to invigorate mind, body, and spirit.” Linda’s one-woman business promotes the concepts of whole-food nutrition and long-term lifestyle changes.

“People need to take care of themselves,” said says. “If they did, they wouldn’t need to worry about body image. But people would rather look good than feel good.”

Linda says yo-yo dieting, calorie counting, and the “next new thing” have combined to make Americans less healthy. But she sees a trend starting to emerge.

“I think there’s going to be a huge change,” she says. “People are shifting toward whole foods.”

Linda credits Iowa State with preparing her for the challenges she’s faced as an entrepreneur. She handles every aspect of her business, from photography to social media to website design and working directly with clients.

Austin offers more healthy choices than the average American city. Linda hikes, bikes, and walks the city’s trails with her dog. She shops at Whole Foods Market and at Austin’s many farmers’ markets.

Jim and I ate breakfast with Linda at Bouldin Creek Café, a vegetarian restaurant and coffeehouse. Afterwards, she took us to Boggy Creek Farm, an organic farm in Austin known for its fresh, organic produce and eggs from happy chickens.

Learn more – and find Linda’s “life-changing” green smoothie recipe – at

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