Dana
Real is giving back to others and yourself.  

Meet Dana: recruiter by day, youth center volunteer by night. Determined to transform her relationship with food, Dana did her first Whole30®. That’s when a friend introduced her to RXBAR–it totally fit in with her new approach towards clean eating. We spoke with Dana to uncover how she cuts through the noise, stays grounded, and leaves her mark in the world. Get to know her story below.

Can we start with you telling us about an instance that has improved your way of thinking?
“When you get married, friends tell you about the honeymoon phase, but they also leave stuff out, like how my husband’s cravings would become my own. We were eating cheese and drinking wine every night and not working out. After gaining a few pounds, we knew it was time for a fresh start. So, we stopped hitting snooze and started hitting the gym. We started Whole30® because working out on its own wasn’t cutting it. It made us aware of the things we put into our body and how they affected us. That’s why we cut out, or at least cut down on, the bad stuff. It’s rejuvenating to feel better just based on what you eat.”

There’s a lot of noise out there that distracts us. How do you cut through it?
“There’s always something going on, but I’ve learned the importance of saying 'no'. Once a week, I get away from it all, turn off my phone, and enjoy the silence for a bit. Taking time for myself helps me recharge and refocus on what really makes me happy.”

What experience has helped shaped the person you are today?
“It goes back to middle school. I was the awkward new kid with the bad haircut, so growing up wasn’t exactly easy for me. But hey, through my faith I made it. That’s why I volunteer with junior high kids now to counter the hard times in my life. I want to tell these kids they’re loved, they’re worth it, and that their lives have meaning.”

“There’s always something going on, but I’ve learned the importance of saying ‘no’. Once a week, I get away from it all, turn off my phone, and enjoy the silence for a bit.”

Favorite Flavor blueberry

What keeps you awake at night?
“I guess I’m scared of failing or of doing something wrong, but that doesn’t hold me back. It goes back to my volunteer work. People always tell me that working with kids is my way of influencing the world, but it’s not always that straightforward. You never know whether or not you affect their life in a positive way, or how it will play out in the end, but it doesn’t stop me from trying.”