4.2018

Zion Nat'l Park, Columbine

busy professional

HeartMatters and Man on the Go

I’ve been following Chris Brogan for about a year; Chris, through his company New Marketing Labs, works with large and mid-sized companies to improve online business communications like marketing and PR through the use of social software, community platforms, and other emerging web and mobile technologies. A colleague recommended that I follow Chris to glean strategies that would support my growing business. I have in fact integrated quite a lot of the valuable and relevant information imparted in his blog and video posts, have been directed to other savvy professionals that he has mentioned in his posts, and have perused some of the books he suggests. Chris’s message of building community by offering yourself and your particular area of expertise to others, willingly and genuinely, resonates with me. So I jumped at the chance to build my community alongside Chris, when I read about the introduction of his latest venture, Man on the Go–a travel advice and information website for the traveling professional (although the information applies to anyone that travels…).

I contacted Chris, created my first ever video, calling it Healthy Travel Tips for the Man on the Go, and loaded it to YouTube. He posted it yesterday on the Man on the Go website, and hey, I’m off and running. I’m excited that we’ll be collaborating to share an important message. Via the manonthego.com website, I will be sharing weekly healthy travel tips about eating well, staying physically active, and eliciting the relaxation response–all in the context of business travel–so that taking good care of your physical and emotional health is simply a routine aspect of every day.

When the busy professional optimizes his or her personal health and well-being, there is a noticeable enhancement of business success. Taking care of YOU on a personal level leads to professional accomplishment and prosperity.

Now that’s a undeniable ROI.

Eat Well, Plan Ahead, Nourish Your Body and Mind

The demanding schedule of the busy professional may not include foods that support optimal health. Eating well does not take an excessive amount of time and can be realistically incorporated into even the busiest calendar.

Real food nourishes the body and the mind, benefiting physical and emotional health and well-being. Processed and fast foods do not support optimal health and are associated with an increased risk for diabetes, coronary disease, and cancer—just the opposite of real foods. Planning ahead to increase your access to real food takes about an hour per week and is a totally worthwhile endeavor!

Begin in the grocery store. If you are not already doing so, stock up on whole foods, which are real foods that have not been processed in a laboratory.  Real food does not have high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils or food coloring added. If the food contains grains, they are whole grains as opposed to refined grains. Knock yourself out on fresh fruit and veggies, bring home new grains such as quinoa or barley and unusual beans like cannelloni or garbanzo, and consider feta cheese, pine nuts, red peppers and eggplant… Give yourself at least 4 weeks of subtle change in your grocery store purchases to become familiar and comfortable with the unlimited possibilities!

Next, identify a time during the week that you can set aside one hour. Dial in your favorite classical music station. Now the preparation begins.  Put up a pot of boiling water for the grain of the week, and another for the beans or legumes.  A disclaimer here: I am a big fan of canned beans—they are easy to use, there is a huge variety to choose from, and they can be purchased with low salt or no salt content. Slice the peppers and eggplant, brush with garlic infused olive oil, and broil for a few minutes on each side. You can broil all sorts of veggies using this method, by the way; zucchini, asparagus, cauliflower, potatoes, carrots, beets, and many more! After the veggies have cooled, place them into a storage container where they will last several days in the fridge. Store the cooked grains and/or beans the same way.

You are ready to move on to raw vegetables.  Chop up broccoli, cauliflower, purple and green cabbage, carrots, and celery; wash, dry, and tear up good quality lettuce, arugula and spinach (or buy it bagged and pre-washed). All of this can be stored in the fridge and at a moment’s notice can be thrown together for a salad or a stir fry.  Add a chicken breast, sliced tempeh, or piece of grilled ahi, and you’ve got a yummy and healthy lunch or dinner!

"There aren't many people with your combination of medical expertise and caring for the whole person. Your incremental approach to helping me develop better health habits really works. I never feel judged and always feel encouraged and cared about. Thank you!"
---S.R., Nevada County

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