Picky AmBADASSadors

Linda Steinhardt

Denver, Colorado

Primary Discipline(s) Triathlon, Road Running, SUP, Yoga, Other, Studio Fitness (Pilates, Barre)
Bucket List RaceEmma Coburn's 5K : )
Favorite Picky Bars productOh my gosh how do I choose! Hmm.. From each category, Need for Seed, PB&J granola; Game, Set, Matcha
Off-Day ActivityCooking, reading, family time

I am a life-long athlete who started playing volleyball when I was 4. I went on to play in college at the University of Missouri and majored in marketing. I began competing in road races and triathlons my last year at Mizzou. Along the way, I became very aware about sport-specific diet culture that can exist on teams, especially as a teenager, that made it really confusing for a food-lover like me to navigate. I questioned my relationship with food, especially when a teammate began playing over me who made really harmful comments about food and her body. After graduating from Mizzou and learning so much about what I wanted my relationship with food and my body to be, and how important it is that athletes hear this message, I really realized I felt like what would be most fulfilling was if I went back to school to become a sports dietitian. So, that's exactly what I did! I recently graduated from the University of Texas at Austin (my hometown) where I worked in their collegiate sports nutrition program, and really found my passion for helping athletes develop positive and lasting relationships with food. I am (as of October 2020!!) a registered dietitian fellow at the University of North Carolina where we focus on Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size approaches to elite performance nutrition, something I have to pinch myself every day that I get to do! : ) Discovering Picky Bars as I was in school to become a dietitian was like the company I had always wanted. To find a company that not only creates amazing products, but that also promotes and stands for developing positive relationships with food is just TOO AMAZING! I love the company so much : )

As an update since I've become a Picky Bar Ambadassador, I've moved to Denver, CO where I'm the sports dietitian at an eating disorder treatment facility that treats elite athletes. Personally, I had a wonky bilateral quad tendon injury that kept me out of triathlons/running for about 3 years, and I'm just now starting to see some daylight. Being able to represent the Picky Bar brand has been amazing, and, I have always wished I could participate in the meetups/represent it and take pictures while running, biking, etc. Now that my injury seems to be getting "figured out," I cannot wait to take my Picky Bars on more adventures : )