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FROM MINDFULNESS APPS TO DIET HACKS, SAN DIEGO’S GROUNDED GURUS HAVE A WEALTH OF WELLNESS KNOWLEDGE TO SHARE.
Influencer, blogger, podcast host and actress kristenlouelle.com
Clockwise from top right: Lululemon Align high-rise pant, lululemon.com; Reebok Nano X2 women’s training shoe in Orange Flare, reebok.com; Oura Ring Generation 3, ouraring.com; Suja Organic cold-pressed celery juice, sujajuice.com; My Girl Wellness Better Belly System, mygirlwellness.com. PRODUCT PHOTOS COURTESY OF BRANDS
A North County resident by way of the Bay Area, Kristen Louelle Gaffney fell into the world of mommy blogging while supporting her husband, two-time Super Bowl champion Tyler Gaffney, during his time with the New England Patriots. “I found passion in creating a girl-power community via social media,” says the aspiring actress, who appeared in Sports Illustrated’s iconic Swimsuit Issue in 2021. “I am now focusing all my efforts on acting, building my own company in the health space and, most importantly, being a present and loving mother and wife.” Here, the go-getter gives us a peek at her wellness routine.
BREAKFAST: Overnight oats and Suja Organic celery juice
WAKE-UP TIME: 6AM
DIET: 70% clean, 30% pasta and spicy margaritas
DOPPELGÄNGER: Pamela Anderson
NEMESIS: Nancy Pelosi
ESCAPE: Epsom salt bubble baths
WEAKNESS: Dark chocolate
UNIFORM: Spiritual Gangster sweatsuits
HOTEL: Rosewood Miramar Beach
WORKOUT: Weight training
LAST MEAL ON EARTH: Steak with macaroni and cheese from Mastro’s
SUPPLEMENTS: Magnesium and My Girl Wellness products
WELLNESS APP: Oura Ring for sleep tracking
MENTOR: No mentor, but my idol is Adam Sandler.
WORKOUT SHOES: Reebok Nano X2 training shoes
WORKOUT OUTFIT: Lululemon Align leggings and a SHEFIT bra
WORKOUT PLAYLIST: My playlist on Spotify
WORKOUT BUDDY: I’m a solo gal.
BEST ADVICE: If you’re scared, do it.
PHILANTHROPY: Best Buddies International
MANTRA: Good news and bad news—nobody cares.
STREAMING NOW: All the Harry Potter movies from start to finish
DINNER: Trader Joe’s broccoli slaw and kale salad with white chicken meat
ON MY NIGHTSTAND: Le Labo Santal 26 home fragrance
THEME SONG TO YOUR LIFE:“The Joker” by Steve Miller Band
IN MY GYM BAG: Tone It Up bands and a book to read in the sauna
3 DESERT ISLAND ESSENTIALS: My husband for when I get thirsty, marijuana seeds and Parfums de Marly perfume
YESTERDAY: Acting audition
Clockwise from top right: Mikuna Chocho Superfood protein powder, mikunafoods.com; Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler (fourseasons.com/whistler) is Darnbrough’s favorite hotel; ON Cloud X in Aloe and white, on-running.com; Darnbrough ends his day with a healthy dinner featuring fish, vegetables and avocado; when he’s not on the clock, he unwinds by watching comedy favorite Ted Lasso on Apple TV (tv.apple.com). FISH PHOTO BY MICHEILE.COM/UNSPLASH; ALL OTHER PHOTOS COURTESY OF BRANDS
Co-founder and CEO, The Smart Fit Method smartfitmethod.com
A lifelong fitness aficionado, Rob Darnbrough’s intense training regimen ironically led to his life-changing health diagnosis—an aortic aneurysm. “I was told by two cardiologists to never walk uphill again,” says the Encinitas resident. With his son Connor developing an autoimmune disease from having MRSA nearly two dozen times, Darnbrough knew there had to be a better way. Enter The Smart Fit Method, a science-based fitness program co-founded by the father-son team that pairs exercise robotics with artificial intelligence to achieve results in just three 20-minute sessions per week. After opening their first studio in Cardiff in June 2021, followed by a second outpost in Kauai, Hawaii, in March, Rob and Connor have their sights set on spaces in La Jolla, Del Mar and Orange County next. Here, the serial entrepreneur reveals his health-focused favorites.
BREAKFAST: Mikuna Superfood protein smoothie
WAKE-UP TIME: 6AM
DOPPELGÄNGER: Matt Damon
UNIFORM: John Varvatos
HOTEL: Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler
WORKOUT: The Smart Fit Method
LAST MEAL ON EARTH: Steak frites
WELLNESS APP: Optimize by Heroic
MENTOR: Dan Sullivan, The Strategic Coach
WORKOUT SHOES: ON Cloud X
WORKOUT OUTFIT: Vuori
WORKOUT PLAYLIST: Anything heavy
WORKOUT BUDDY: ARX all-in-one strength training machines
BEST ADVICE: Make your future bigger than the past.
PHILANTHROPY: Do Something Positive Family Foundation (DSP)
MANTRA: Do something positive.
STREAMING NOW:Ted Lasso on Apple TV+
DINNER: Fish, vegetables and avocado
ON MY NIGHTSTAND:The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea by Bob Burg and John David Mann, and the Alpha-Stim cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES) device
THEME SONG TO YOUR LIFE:“Lust for Life” by Iggy Pop
IN MY GYM BAG: Ultima Replenisher electrolyte hydration powder
3 DESERT ISLAND ESSENTIALS: A fire starter, water and tequila
YESTERDAY: In the past
PHOTO BY TOMOKO H. MATSUBAYASHI/TOMOGRAFICA.COM
PHOTO BY NICK ONKEN
Tracy Duhs is on a mission to help others align their minds, bodies and spirits through the importance of hydration. As the founder of The Sanctuary Wellness Experience, an exclusive, invite-only retreat near Sunset Cliffs, Duhs aims to discover the root of what’s blocking her elite clients from optimal health. From there, she utilizes myriad treatments—from sound therapy to bioenergetic scans—to achieve ultimate wellness. When she’s not hosting retreats, she’s chatting about hydration and its importance on her podcast; planning mission trips to Nicaragua (she’s headed there with 10 women in June); and readying to release her debut tome, Hydrate, which will reveal her go-to healthy recipes and hydration elixirs. How’s that for ambitious?
Clockwise from top left: Bala Power Ring, shopbala.com; Duhs hydrates every morning with celery juice made from her Hurom juicer (hurom.com); Versace logo sports bra, versace.com; Rosewood Miramar Beach (rosewoodhotels.com) is her favorite hotel; Beats by Dre Beats Fit Pro True wireless earbuds in Stone Purple, beatsbydre.com. JUICE PHOTO BY POLINA TANKILEVITCH; ALL OTHER PHOTOS COURTESY OF BRANDS
BREAKFAST: Celery juice from my Hurom juicer
WAKE-UP TIME: Sunrise
DIET: Nutrient-dense home cooking
DOPPELGÄNGER: My daughter Parker, but my grandma says Jennifer Lopez. (I don’t agree with her!)
ESCAPE: My bed with my Essentia organic mattress
WEAKNESS: Men with a strong jawline and kind heart
UNIFORM: Groceries Apparel, an organic clothing company that’s made locally in Los Angeles
HOTEL: Rosewood Miramar Beach
WORKOUT: I use the Waff Max and Mini and incorporate my Bala Power Ring and Bellicon trampoline—that’s all I need to keep this peach perky.
LAST MEAL ON EARTH: Deep-dish pizza with extra cheese from Pizzeria Mozza
SUPPLEMENTS:Nurish.Me CoreCumin and CogniNurish and Tailor Made peptides
WELLNESS APP: Centr
MENTOR: Dr. Alejandro Junger and Gerald Pollack
WORKOUT SHOES: Flux Footwear
WORKOUT OUTFIT: A Versace sports bra and Groceries Apparel leggings
WORKOUT PLAYLIST: Butt Stuff on Spotify
WORKOUT BUDDY: Hana, my Bernedoodle
BEST ADVICE: People don’t remember what you said, they remember how you made them feel.
PHILANTHROPY: Working with others to make sure everyone has access to clean drinking water
MANTRA: Presence is the present.
STREAMING NOW:Bad Vegan on Netflix
DINNER: Local grass-fed lamb soup
BEDTIME: I turn into a pumpkin by 10PM. I turn in around 9PM, and enjoy a bath, candles, tea, soft jams and a book.
ON MY NIGHTSTAND: Theragun Mini, Somavedic, BioLight red light therapy
IN MY GYM BAG: Morihata International Japanese towels, Ere Perez Beetroot cheek and lip tint, Yamuna black balls, Beats by Dre Beats Fit Pro True wireless earbuds and the H2Bev HydroShot
3 DESERT ISLAND ESSENTIALS: Quinton isotonic ampules, Litewater and a piano
YESTERDAY: I felt present.