It hasn’t been long since “influencer” turned from a noun to a job description, but amid Las Vegas’ handful of loyalists drawn to growing a community rooted in WHealth™ and glowing self, Shane Stuart and Ashley Diana have been imprinting local and national lives with their infectious dedication to health and wellness…just by being them.
With flowy pink hair (her) and an affinity for caps (him); with a breezy approach to helping real women feel really beautiful (her) and a dedication to not bandaging bad health, but teaching everyone from kids to inmates that good health can start with a smart choice at bfast (him), Diana and Stuart are authentic in approaching their causes. And with the birth of their first child, it continues to be our pleasure to watch their lives grow as they do their influencey thing while balancing parenting, to boot.
Mr. Rogers had it right: It’s about being loved “just for being you.” In todayspeak we call that authenticity and it’s something these two have in spades. Plus, they like our juice. Lucky us.
Meet Shane Stuart and Ashley Diana.
I’ve lived in Las Vegas since…
- Shane: I was 5.
- Ashley: 2012. I moved here form Texas.
I can remember when I decided I wanted to start (and keep) my adult life here. It was…
- Shane: In 2O14, when I opened my juice bar (Grass Roots) in Downtown LV
- Ashley: Shortly after I moved here I met incredible people and made friendships that would last a lifetime, so I knew I wanted to stay here.
…and what appealed to me about living in Vegas was…
- Shane: …the growing health and wellness community.
- Ashley: I love the nightlife and the shows and that there is something cool to do and see every day if you wish
In our experience, the biggest misconception about living in Las Vegas is…
- Shane: …that this is a party town and there are minimal healthy options.
- Ashley: There is actually a huge health scene here, and it’s not all party life.
The thing we secretly (or not-so-secretly) love most about living here is…the amazing community Vegas has to offer.
If I had to pick a daily mantra or a quote I try to live by, it would be…(Shane) “Find what you love and let it kill you.”
A favorite Vegas spot of ours that never gets old is…Calico Basin in Red Rock.
If I had to pick a theme song for my life it would be…(Shane) First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes
A person who inspires me everyday is...(Shane) My brother, who is an accomplished author; who received his Master’s degree in psychology and is a public speaker; and who suffers from cerebral palsy.
…and the way he inspires me is… no life obstacle is too big.
Something people would be surprised to know about me is…
- Shane: I used to be a documentary film maker.
- Ashley: I have a major sweet tooth and I eat desert every day.
About Our Work
Today, when people ask me where I work and what I do, I tell them…
- Shane: I am in the health and wellness industry.
- Ashley: I’m a blogger.
The most surprising thing I’ve learned about being my own boss is…
- Shane: Life is so much more enjoyable.
- Ashley: I have to keep myself inspired and creative, but the opportunities and positive experiences are endless.
The thing I’m most proud of is…
- Shane: My new plant based restaurant (Panacea) opening next month in Boca Park.
- Ashley: My daughter.
My first mentor was…
- Shane: My dad.
- Ashley: My first hairdresser. Sounds funny but she was so inspiring to me.
…and this is what I learned from him/her:
- Shane: One man has the power to do 10 things at once.
- Ashley: She helped me realize that I can achieve anything I want, and I can make my own rules about how I want to live my life.
Today, my favorite way to give back to my community is…
- Shane: teaching wellness in the schools and the Clark County jails.
- Ashley: Helping to inspire women to feel happy and beautiful and confident.
For Shane: You’re frequently on social media, where you wrote often about the prospect of becoming a father in the months leading up to your daughter’s birth. What’s the biggest way you feel fatherhood has changed you, and has altered your purview on life and how you feel like you’re approaching your work in the healthy lifestyle industry in Las Vegas?
Raising another human being is much more difficult than I ever could have imagined. But it’s also one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done in my life. All my actions, behaviors, and decisions are now under a microscope like never before. Everything I do is seen by her little eyes. EVERYTHING I do she will imitate. This realization changed who I am in a big way. It made me want to do everything better in life.
For Ashley: You’re a new mum to a beautiful baby girl. To women who want to make the move from entrepreneur to “mompreneur,” what is the best advice you can share about how to find balance?
My best advice would be to not lose yourself and realize that you can still be an amazing mom without losing your identity. Spend a lot of quality time with your child, but make sure to do at least one thing a day that is for yourself. That one thing could be that you meditated for 10 minutes, you used your favorite face mask, maybe you met a work-related goal…whatever it is, just make sure that you cross one thing off your list daily that is all about you and makes you feel happy and successful!
The advice I’d give my younger work self is…
- Shane: Learn how to play a musical instrument.
- Ashley: Read more books.
In our opinion, the biggest difference in Las Vegas’ healthy-living scene over the last few years is…there are many more healthy options in Vegas.
No matter how busy I get at work, this is what I do to make sure I eat well during the week: (Shane) I make a green superfood smoothie every day.
The fruit(s) or vegetable(s) you’ll always find in our kitchen are…avocados, carrots, oranges, bananas, beets, lemon, apples, ginger, and sweet potatoes.
The health habit that gets me made fun of the most is…
- Shane: Switching back-and-forth from Vegan to meat-eater.
- Ashley: I am one of the few plant-based foodies that dislike salads! Actually, I don’t hate them, but I would prefer to eat tater tots.
For Shane: Last fall and winter you had what we’d call a social media dust-up. In a nutshell, explain what happened:
I explained in a Facebook post that I am no longer vegan after living under a vegan umbrella for so long. I explained that I am re-evaluating my diet. I’m saying goodbye to the labels. For that I received incredible support from my supporters and at the same time the tremendous backlash from the vegan community.
I’d suffer the e-wrath and vitriol all over again to once again embrace the opportunity to voice my opinion and heart.
The best thing that came from that situation was… allowing myself to be authentic and true to my beliefs without the fear of being judged.
The words of encouragement I’d give a young person looking to use social media as a way of sharing something wholehearted and important are these:
I must confess that I don’t really care all that much about originality. The older I get, the less I care about it. In fact, sometimes I get annoyed by people’s efforts to be original, because it can feel forced and artificial. What I love, though, is authenticity. Because it’s RARE. Don’t be afraid to be who you are.
Us On Juice
Yes or no: We love juice so much we make it at home: Yes
True or False: Making juice at home is a royal pain in the tail. True (Adds Ashley: “We love making juice at home. I actually don’t even mind cleaning the juicer afterwards, LOL.”)
The person who introduced me to cold-pressed juice was…
- Shane: I learned about cold-pressed while working for Vita-mix. I had customers constantly asking me what was the difference between a cold-pressed juice a blended smoothie. So I had to learn.
- Ashley: My brother. He was working at Whole Foods at the time.
The reason I drink cold-pressed juice is because…
- Shane: I don’t like making extracted juice at home and cold pressed juice is just so dang good.
- Ashley: I love getting extra greens into my body, and juice is the best way to get the nutrients from massive amounts of fruits and vegetables.
The reason I like TJS’s cold-pressed juice is because…
- Shane: They have perfected their recipes.
- Ashley: TJS has done an incredible job of combining flavors to create a healthy drink that tastes delicious.
This is how we incorporate cold-pressed juice into our daily life:
- Shane: I like to make cold-pressed juice in the morning before I start my day.
- Ashley: I actually like to mix my green juices at home with chilled green tea.
The funniest thing that ever happened to me while drinking juice OR when one of us was doing a juice fast, was…(Shane) I was convinced I was experiencing eternal bleeding after going to the bathroom.Then I realized it was beet juice.
My advice to a newbee juicer is…
- Shane: Always have a fridge full of fruits and veggies.
- Ashley: Start with fruit in your green juices first, and then graduate to an all-vegetable juice.