Enter: Whitney English.
It’s safe to say that I’m mildly obsessed with Whitney. I mean, the girl’s got it going on. From writing about health to pursuing her dreams in the cutthroat world of Tinseltown to interviewing some of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities….this 28 year old tv host and blogger is one motivated, determined, passionate babe. Oh and did I mention that she’s basically the nicest person I’ve ever met in LA? I mean, that’s what AEYC is all about: women who aren’t afraid to go all out for their career, follow their dreams, take no prisoners, but still stay kind, friendly, and open to expanding their horizons and circles of friends. Plus, she has an adorable fluffy animal. And knows THE best places to nosh in LA (that don’t require being an Olsen to get in), has cracked the celebrity diet code (it’s not what you think…see below!), and is the kind of girl that would invite you over for a nice organic meal in her house if she met you on the street. Sold.
I’m so excited to introduce you guys to serious mega babe, Whitney English (get ready to be completely inspired!)
Introduce Your Babealicious Self: Hi I’m Whitney! I’m a 28-year-old health blogger “living the dream” in Los Angeles. I’m an outgoing, animal-loving, outdoorsy, sometimes fashionable, food fanatic. My time is spent coming up with crazy recipes, treating my dog Mr. Chow like a human, making funny videos with my blogger friends, interviewing celebrities, doing power yoga, and bargain shopping.
What Originally Inspired You To Do What You Do? I moved out here with the goal of working my way up the Hollywood reporter’s ladder and one day stealing Giuliana Rancic’s job. However, after six years of reporting on why Lindsay Lohan was being arrested yet again, I got a little burnt out. I knew celebrity gossip was not where my heart was, and I started the blog To Live & Diet in L.A. as an outlet where I could write about my real passion, nutrition and fitness. My love of healthy food and exercise was cultivated by my family and really grew after I learned more about it losing those dreaded college lbs. I recently decided to focus solely on my blog, while still reporting and writing for various outlets on the side (gotta pay the bills, you know what I’m saying!), and I am going back to school in the Spring to get my Master’s in Nutrition and become a Registered Dietician.
How Did You Get Started? Majored in Broadcast Journalism at University of Arizona. Hustled to get an internship at E!. Interned for Ryan Seacrest. Hustled to get them to hire me. Worked at E! for 3 1/2 years, worked at SheKnows.com for 2 1/2 years. High points: interviewing Katie Couric, Jennifer Aniston, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Johnny Depp, and Matt Damon. Low point: interviewing Tila Tequila. Nitty gritty deets: I once was assigned to sit outside Britney Spears house in my car with a pack of papparazzi waiting to get a glimpse of her. Not a proud moment.
What Kind Of Backlash/Problems/Crappy People/Challenges Did You Face/Are You Facing? A big obstacle for me was dealing with the cutthroat competition here in Hollywood. Many people here have similar goals and some people are willing to hurt others to achieve theirs. I’ve had people back stab me and bad-mouth me, but I’ve gotten through it by keeping my head high and remembering that you can only control yourself. I’ve never bought into aggressive competition. There is enough success to go around!
My biggest obstacle right now though is getting through school. In college I majored in Broadcast Journalism. So while I can cover a red carpet like nobody’s business, I don’t know the first thing about Chemistry! I’m excited (but naturally nervous) about taking on an insane amount of science over the next four years while I earn my masters.
-Get a spray tan stat!
-Don’t eat anything salty or drink anything fizzy (like soda).
-Drink a TON of water.
-No food after 6 p.m.
Echi Sushi on Santa Monica in WeHo (best brown rice rolls in town)
Doughboys on 3rd Street (get the orange chicken salad).
Laurel Hardware in WeHo (fantastic food and lively bar scene)
Cafe Gratitude (best vegan kitchen ever!!)
Some quick tips: go for red sauce over white. Always ask your waiter if meat/fish can be grilled or baked with no oil or extra virgin olive oil. Skip the bread basket and chug some water. Ask for whole grains over processed bread, pasta, or rice. Get your dressing on the side or use balsamic vinegar. Mash up an avocado as a spread for your sandwich instead of mayo. The list goes on… 🙂
Side note: some celebs take unhealthy measures to get skinny and then talk about eating whatever they want in the media. Remember, if you can see their bones sticking out, it’s not some amazing new diet they’re on, they’re just not eating. Bottom line.