Q&A: Bailey Zygutis Nutritionist, Vitruvian Fitness

How do you define a healthy lifestyle?
Lifestyle that nourishes, satisfies, feels good!

How did you come to practice in your career field?
Fitness has been a lifelong passion. I began running in high school; discovered yoga and lifting in college while studying nutrition; and began competing in bikini bodybuilding shows after graduating. My passions for holistic health and physical fitness are tied in my coaching career.

What type of exercise do you prefer and why?
Weightlifting. It feels good to grow stronger. Weightlifting grows muscle, which boosts metabolism, and also helps to strengthen bones and lessen pressure on joints, important things to think about when it comes to longevity. I also love occasional yoga sessions to stretch muscles and move in different ways.

What does your exercise schedule look like on a typical day, week?
My current goal is growth. I lift weights four to five days per week for approximately 1 hour each session, and I take short daily walks with the dogs, no more than 15 minutes.

What are your practices to keep yourself/family healthy?
Good nutrition is key! We focus on eating real whole foods in balanced meals throughout the day. Hydrating well and ensuring movement/time in nature (hiking, playing ball, riding bikes, etc.) is very important.

How do you define self-care; what is your go-to way of practicing it?
Tuning into the body and listening to it. Sometimes self-care is taking it out on the weights, or cooking and consuming a healthy meal, or taking a walk in nature, or relaxing in a salt bath. It doesn’t always look the same, but it always feels the same: nourishing!

Favorite healthy food/snack?
Beef jerky! It’s delicious, easy to eat, packed with protein; it satisfies.

What is your favorite healthy meal?
I love breakfast food, so a hearty hash with potatoes, beef, whole eggs and plenty of seasonings (like fennel, black pepper and pink salt) is ideal.

What is your biggest health, wellness tip?
Consume consciously; practice persistence.

What is your next goal in your health, wellness journey?
To continue to practice what I preach, lead others in creating healthy habits; grow with the flow of whatever comes next!