By the time she was in her teens, Jill 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. She was also a bicycle messenger riding more than 30 miles a day throughout the city. The symbiotic relationship between the intense physical activity of daily biking and what foods she put in her body 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 natural foods industry, which exposed her to a world of new nutritious tastes, alternative healing modalities, cultural practices and traditions.
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, Tofurky, Traditional Medicinals, Earth Friendly, Organic Valley, Sunfood and Sambazon.
Jill is a writer and the senior editor for sister sites Organic Authority and EcoSalon as well as the site director for Eat Drink Better. Her focus on food, herbs, wellness and world culture blends the mystical and modern as she explores what our shifting agricultural landscapes and healing systems will look–and taste–like in the future. She was a featured contributor in the anthologies 2012: Perspectives on the Next Age and What Do You Believe?
Jill’s 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, and Global Rhythm. She contributes her top album picks to the Village Voice’s annual Pazz and Jop poll.
Stay in touch with Jill on Twitter @jillettinger