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You Are What You Eat – And So Is Your Business

Long before my nutritional therapy certification, I realized that what I ate had a direct effect on my business. As an entrepreneur, and someone who likes to keep busy(!), I count on having the energy it takes to fuel all my passions. It became apparent pretty early on in my career that when I made a nutrition misstep, I paid for it by feeling rotten and low energy. Not surprisingly, that low energy spilled over into my work. It feels terrible at the end of the day to come home feeling crummy from a poor eating decision coupled with getting nothing done at work. So, I vowed to start making better choices because what I eat affects my business. Of course, I’ve had to learn over time what works and doesn’t work for me. Here are some options of what to avoid and what to embrace to make what you eat at work a smart return on investment. What to avoid Sugary drinks & candy – You’ve heard me rant about sugar before but let’s focus solely on productivity for a minute: Sugar will give you a temporary boost followed by a crash that will tank your productivity. And, if you happen to reach for an energy drink to pick you up at the crash, you’re only going to feed the beast with more sugar – and another crash. Creamer – Coffee in moderation is okay but adding creamer to coffee is a sugary, additive-laden trap for your health. Black coffee is best, but if you must have something in your coffee, go for organic dairy half-and-half if you can tolerate it or yummy, no-sugar-added coconut milk.  Energy bars – Like creamer, many of these bars are loaded with artificial stuff (read the label) and lots of sugar. Some viable, healthy options are out there and can be good in a pinch, but I wouldn’t suggest them as a go-to option on a regular basis. Convenience foods – All of the above items to avoid are essentially processed convenience foods, and in general, avoiding all such foods is a safe bet. Convenience foods are typically loaded with sugar, sodium, and additives to extend their shelf life. Who wants to eat a burrito that can last in a package for five years? Skipping meals/eating too much – The two sides of this dangerous coin are going to make you miserable either way. Skip a meal and you’re going to get cranky and have trouble focusing. Eat too much and you’ll be asleep at your desk while your body works to metabolize all that food. Either way, your productivity will drop. What to embrace Breakfast! – Food is fuel and it’s important to fill our tanks in the morning so we have energy for the entire day. Check out my tips for some delicious, energizing breakfast ideas.   Go nuts – Tree nuts, those that grow on trees as opposed to in the ground (such as peanuts), are super easy grab-n’-go snacks. They provide both protein and healthy fats that keep our blood sugar on an even keel, avoiding the crash of sugary snacks. Avocados, absolutely – Avocados are filled with heart-healthy monounsaturated fat and are a good source of potassium and vitamin C. Their rich and creamy texture make for great eating on their own or in dips and smoothies. Fruits & veggies – Eating a rainbow of color every day from fruits and vegetables provides our bodies with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, all of which keep us healthy long term. Protein – Protein is an essential building block for not just our muscles but also our neurotransmitters! Having adequate protein helps with mental clarity, memory, and even mood. Good grains – A variety of whole grains (and NOT white flour) provides a healthy source of complex carbohydrates. Complex carbs are also necessary for optimal brain function and may help you get a good night’s sleep, so you’ll be ready to tackle tomorrow’s work day! Time out to eat – It is sooo tempting to eat lunch at my desk while I catch up on a few emails or read an article on industry news, but studies show that “mindful eating” – paying attention to our meal – nets health benefits and decreases snacking. Sourceshttp://memory.foundation/2012/02/14/why-your-brain-needs-protein/http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/benefits-of-complex-carbs-and-the-best-ones-to-eat/http://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/eat-run/2012/09/14/5-surprising-benefits-of-mindful-eating

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You Are What You Eat – And So Is Your Business

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An ROI you can bank on: Invest in your relationship

“People who have good relationships at home are more effective in the marketplace.”  – Zig Ziglar Business guru Zig Ziglar points out an important truth: We are better outside of the home when we have a solid foundation within the home. I’ve found that true in my life, which encourages me to keep working on my marriage with my husband Chris because the ROI is always high. Ultimately, marriage is always a work in progress. We make the choice daily to turn towards each other and be loving and kind – even when daily stressors may have us on edge. Dr. John Gottman, a clinical psychologist who has built a career studying relationships, says the “four horsemen” of a relationship apocalypse are when couples engage in criticism, contempt, defensiveness and stonewalling (withdrawing). Chris and I try to recognize if we’re wading into four horsemen territory and stop it in its tracks. In our day-to-day lives, it’s all about compromise and balance – but not keeping score. Chris and I have ridiculously full lives since we’re both entrepreneurs and our travel schedules are generally like threading the gauntlet. I’m usually on the road and on a plane once a month (at a minimum), and he is often in the Middle East for weeks at a time on sales trips. When he is home, Chris often does the bulk of the child care in the morning because my morning routine is longer. (I’m a girl, and I’m on camera a lot, so it’s not just a quick shower for me most days.) I do much of the evening routine, and 90% of the time I am the parent up in the middle of the night for nightmares, wet beds or soothing snuggles. We learned, and continue to learn, that it’s best not to keep score in these parenting duties. Instead, we give willingly and lovingly and believe that it does come back in spades with a happier family and a loving relationship. I’ll give Chris the credit for starting that practice of just giving and giving and never saying, “You’ve been out a lot, so I get to be out a lot.” He also empties the dishwasher and keeps the counters clean on the weekends, and that’s a huge help and goes a long way to making our household run more smoothly. Thank you, honey! A friend gave me some advice once; she said, “Anne-Marie, it doesn’t matter if you make millions. All that matters to your kids is if their Mom and Dad love each other when it’s all said and done.” That advice has stuck with me and I make the choice, every day, to be married and fully engaged with my husband. He tries to do the same. Yes, we fight, but we try hard to not fight dirty or use the Gottman Four Horsemen. It’s all worth it in the end. We have happy children, successful careers and the love of each other.

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Are You Neglecting Your BFF?

I get it. You’re busy. You have kids. You work. You don’t have much time for friends. But neglecting your BFF may be to your detriment. Studies have shown friendships to improve our longevity, reduce stress and generally promote happiness. And they may even be prompting us to greatness. You may have heard the phrase “you are considered the sum of the five people you hang out with most.” This means that you need to choose your friendships wisely. Assuming you’ve done just that, those friendships are likely helping us to keep reaching for bigger challenges and a better life. Aristotle said it best: Friends “incite those in the prime of life to noble deeds.” Our friends can incite us to eat healthier, try new things and even encourage us to take chances that could have a big payoff down the line. Carlin Flora, author of “Friendfluence,” believes our friends can inspire us to be our best selves – exploring our creativity or spurring us on to innovation. Now that I’ve made a case for keeping your friends close, just how do you do that when you’re already feeling pulled in a million directions? Give it back. Friendships, once established can be maintained using social media or a simple text message. Here, it’s really the “thought that counts,” but one study does show friends who stay friends do so because they reciprocate each other’s efforts to reach out – even if it’s only a “Like” on a Facebook comment. Make a reason. Do you and a friend share a similar interest that you can turn into a standing date? Maybe it's meeting to discuss business challenges or discovering new hiking trails. Find a shared interest that can benefit you both in a tangible way, and you’re likely to make your weekly or monthly meeting a regular occurrence. Just do it. Go ahead and make plans to meet for a drink or go for a run, even if it means you must schedule a month in advance. Looking forward to the date will also boost your mood in the meantime. Sourceshttp://life.gaiam.com/article/7-secrets-living-long-happy-lifehttp://www.anapsid.org/cnd/gender/tendfend.htmlhttp://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/the-health-benefits-of-strong-relationshipshttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/andrea-bonior/carlin-flora_b_3388153.htmlhttp://phys.org/news/2008-04-physicists-friends.html  

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Are You Neglecting Your BFF?

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