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At a very young age Jill Ettinger knew she was not like other people. By the time she was in her teens, she was comfortable “coming out of the refrigerator” as a vegan. With limited vegan food options available, she began working at the East End Food Co-op in her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA while also bicycle messengering for more than four years. The symbiotic relationship between the intense physical activity of riding more than 5o miles a day, and what we put in our bodies became extremely evident to Jill as her ability to ride excelled when eating healthy foods. As a result, she was transformed by the vastly expanding options in the natural foods industry, which exposed her to a world of new nutritious tastes, alternative healing modalities and global cultural expressions. She went on to spend well over a decade as a broker and sales and marketing manager building some of the biggest organic and natural household name brands including: Clif Bar, Yogi Tea, Peace Cereal, Guayaki, Boca Burgers, Traditional Medicinals, Earth Friendly, Organic Valley, Sunfood and Sambazon.
Jill now works as a writer, reflecting on her experiences in the food business and how it plays a key role in today’s economy as well as the landscape of health and related illnesses prevalent in our world. Jill also works as a Web content manager and a marketing consultant helping to develop strategies that reflect community values and social responsibility for a variety of natural product brands, alternative healers and artists.
Jill’s examinations on our food and culture regularly appear in a number of publications, primarily OrganicAuthority.com, where she writes a daily news column as well as contributes feature articles. She’s also been published on Reality Sandwich, She Knows, The Well Daily, The Huffington Post and We Are Goodkin. Her passion also extends towards music, which she views as a nutritive lexicon vital to our global evolution. Jill’s meditations and photographs on music and world culture have been featured on MTV Iggy, The Village Voice, Metal Riot, Modern Mystery and Global Rhythm. She’s a featured contributor in the anthologies 2012: Perspectives on the Next Age with an essay on the Dr. Bronner’s soap lawsuit and What Do You Believe? where she reflects on her years as a bicycle messenger.
A yoga practitioner since 1999 and certified instructor since 2001, Jill teaches yoga for children in the Los Angeles South Central School District to help bring confidence and self awareness to the next generation.
writing, reading, music, yoga, tea, traveling, dancing, smiling, extreme weather, organic fruit, culture, philosophy, shared memories, puppies & kittens, old movies, friends, family, familiar strangers, internetworking, dreams, magic