An Interview with Szu-ting Yi

As part of our ongoing partnership with The Mountain Guides, we had the opportunity to participate in women’s rock climbing clinics this spring. My first clinic took place at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, just outside of Las Vegas. While I had taken several private and semi-private classes with The Mountain Guides previously, this would be my first group climb, and I was a bit nervous going into it. How would my ability measure up? Would everyone already know each other? Would I have enough stamina for two days?


I never considered myself much of a nature lover until only recently. It wasn’t until I got into hiking about ten years ago that I began to truly appreciate the beauty of the natural world. But thinking back to my childhood, I actually did appreciate nature; I just didn’t put a label on it. In fact, I had designated two particular areas that I considered sacred as a kid, both places I would turn to when I needed some alone time. One was the big pine tree in my front yard. I would crawl underneath it and talk to all…


I went for a leisurely jog this morning. My first of 2021! Although today started off at a crisp 40 degrees, I could feel the slight warmth of the sun shining on my back. Its April intensity seemed to emit much warmer rays than that of the dead of winter.

My slow jog ended with an unplanned, yet extra push to sprint up 2 short hills and a flight of blue fieldstone steps. My stride didn’t quite match the rise of the steps, so I had to slightly jump-skip the steps two at a time.

I stopped at the top…


In my early twenties, I was on the hunt for a part-time job in nutrition. As a recent college graduate with a degree in Cinema, I had no formal training in the field, so I signed up for an at-home Fitness Nutrition certification program. The course focused on the basics of carbohydrates, fats and proteins; the goal was to train us to help our clients lose fat and gain muscle tone. As this was the early 2000’s and a very basic course, there was no emphasis on the more nuanced aspects of nutrition (i.e. antioxidants, gut health, hydration, etc., …


Tapping into the power of color from nature to art to functional beverages

I recently came across an Instagram post from the National Parks Service, showing how we can draw inspiration from the colors of nature. It reminded me of the power that color has to stir up emotions, ranging from boldness and strength to serenity and reflection. …


I got into hiking six years ago after climbing Acatenango in Guatemala. Even though I grew up in the Adirondacks and hiked plenty over the years, I had never gained an appreciation for it. It took an overnight trek up a volcano to an elevation of 13,045 feet to make me understand how exhilarating and breathtaking hiking can be. After that climb, I’ve continued on a quest to find one soul-satisfying hike after the next. Some of my favorite hiking adventures since have taken me to the Grand Tetons, Alaska and Sequoia National Park.

As I started to see the…


Have you heard of electrolytes? Most of us probably have. I think I first became aware of this term with the introduction of the sports drink. As a kid, I remember staying up late to watch the sports drink cooler being dumped on the winning head coach at the end of the championship Superbowl game. I indeed did really enjoy watching the Chicago Bears that 1985 winning season with its punky QB, McMahon, and team to include the Fridge, Walter Payton, Willie Gault and Mike Singletary. The game of football and the players were so fun and exciting for me…


Several weeks ago, I kicked off our blog series speaking about my appreciation for a good sweat, stemming from movement’s ability to stir up endorphins and a positive emotional experience. This week, I am excited to be introducing you to Pauls Pujats, who has been a Fat Leaf Water supporter since our Kickstarter days. We are thrilled to have Pauls in our sphere, as we align on our views of health + wellness in a similarly holistic and natural space.

Pauls is a pole vaulter, who represented Latvia in the 2016 Olympic games. He is also a yoga and meditation…


I get this type of question a lot, not just for Halloween, but throughout the year and under different pretenses. What animal would I be? What kind of plant would I be? What type of car would I be? What country would I be in? Which Greek god would I be?

I get these questions from my kids. Quite possibly every three days.

I wonder if I thought much about these questions when I was young.

As a kid, I didn’t put too much thought into what I would be for Halloween. It was all about the candy! In elementary…


It was 1988; my dad was cheering me on as I completed a practice run at my elementary school playground for my upcoming first ever 5K run. I distinctly remember the thrill. I felt the power of movement — not as a childish game, nor as a form of exercise — but as a spiritful conduit. And that reward only presented itself after I put in the work, resulting in an all sweaty glory.

Since that day, I have continued to chase that feeling. I’d often set athletic goals — not as the ends, but the means. I became a…

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