This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and Wednesday, October 10th is World Mental Health Day. This episode takes a look back at how some of our favorite guests stay healthy under pressure and what we’ve learned because of hosting this podcast.
Special thanks to the Calorie Control Council for sponsoring this episode. All opinions are my own.
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Robyn Flipse is the founder of Nutrition Communication Services, a business she established in 2001 to provide a fresh perspective to the rapidly expanding coverage of food, nutrition and diet news in the world today. Robyn’s expert opinions and commentary have been featured in national broadcasts on ABC-News, Dateline NBC and FOX News Channel and in publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post and USA Today. She brings to the position over 40 years of experience as a counselor, teacher, writer and media spokesperson in addition to her credentials as a cultural anthropologist.
Robyn graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics, then went on to earn a Master of Science degree in human nutrition and dietetics and a Master of Arts degree in cultural anthropology from Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey. Her areas of expertise include the cultural forces shaping food fads and diet cults, the science behind no and low calorie sweeteners and their impact on health and weight management, and agricultural innovations to meet growing global food needs.
During this episode, Robyn and I spoke about how she stumbled into the world of entrepreneurship and how she stays healthy under pressure by networking and giving back through volunteering. You can connect with Robyn on Twitter and Instagram.
Researcher, entrepreneur and high‐touch futurist, Dr. Connie Reimers‐Hild helps leaders and organizations reach their desired futures through strengths‐based innovation and strategic foresight. She currently serves as Interim Executive Director and Chief Futurist of the Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska, and she is the founder of Wild Innovation, a consulting and coaching firm serving more than 70 clients that include rural hospital leaders in Nebraska to businesses with a $20 million plus global footprint. Her research, experiences and education in both the hard and human sciences allow her to see how our exponentially high-tech world must balance with humanity in terms of leadership and life. In total, her digital publications have been downloaded by 3,300 institutions more than 70,000 times throughout 175 countries.
During this conversation, Dr. Connie and I discussed what being a futurist means to her and how she stays healthy under pressure as a busy professional, team leader, podcaster and mother. You can connect with Dr. Connie on Twitter, Linkedin and listen to her podcast, The Rural Futures Podcast.
Matt Secoske was 12 years old when he got his first computer. After breaking and reinstalling the operating system, he was addicted to solving technical problems. Today Matt is the co-founder of Social Assurance and the architect of the Social Assurance platform. He has extensive experience in payment processing transaction systems with ACI and has served as the lead architect for healthcare software systems.
During this episode, I spoke with Matt about how launching a startup impacted his health and why he decided it was time to make a change. I also spoke with Matt about how he met his business partner and how they have been able to overcome difficult personal and business challenges.
Brian Ardinger is the founder of Inside Outside Innovation, which is a community for movers, shakers, founders, builders and doers. For over 25 years Brian has been helping entrepreneurs and innovators navigate and compete in a world of change and disruption. Whether serving as a technology consultant, international innovation specialist, economic developer or researcher, Brian’s passion has always been working on exciting projects with amazing people to create remarkable results.
Growing up in a small Nebraska town, Bill Udell has spent the last couple of decades finding ways to build cool things with his buddies. In that time his circle of “buddies” has grown and the “cool things” have morphed from building software platforms to building communities and ecosystems of software engineering, corporate innovation, and entrepreneurship. Today, Bill is the “Integrator” at Don’t Panic Labs in Lincoln, Nebraska. During this episode, I spoke with Bill about his career journey and how he stays healthy under pressure with running, good nutrition and leading by example.
When most high schoolers were out with their friends, Brett Byman was busy cleaning bathrooms along the interstate with his parents. Raised by entrepreneurs, Brett had a very realistic view of what entrepreneurship looked like and what it means to run your own business. And when most of his friends were looking for jobs after college, Brett found himself creating jobs as the CEO of Nobl Health. Today Brett is the co-founder and COO of BasicBlock, a transportation marketplace that leverages smart contracts on the blockchain to provide trust between all stakeholders.
During this episode, Brett and I spoke about how stress impacts performance and how reading, good nutrition and getting outside helps him stay healthy under pressure.
Registered dietitian nutritionist, Liz Weiss, MS, RDN, has been passionate about healthy food and family nutrition for well over two decades. Helping families discover the joy of wholesome and delicious food is not just her job—it’s her mission. As the mother of two grown children, Liz advocates a real food approach to feeding families.
Liz is the voice behind the family food podcast and blog, Liz’s Healthy Table. She has written several cookbooks including No White with Dinner, The Moms’ Guide to Meal Makeovers, and the playful new coloring e-book series, Color, Cook, Eat! Liz is a contributor to Today’s Dietitian RDLounge, and she brings more than 25 years of professional speaking experience to the podium for both the public and health professional audiences.
Liz was a producer and reporter for CNN’s Nutrition News unit from 1987 to 1992 and is best known for her recent work as the cofounder of the online platform, Meal Makeover Moms. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and two of their practices groups: Food & Culinary Professionals and Nutrition Entrepreneurs. Liz lives in New England with her family.
During this conversation, Keith and I talked about his entrepreneurial journey and the physical and emotional challenges that arise when you launch and sell a business. In a recent medium post, Keith wrote about his experience and said something had to change.
Sarah Donnelly is a Marketing Specialist and Graphic Designer at Social Assurance. After graduating from college in December of 2017, Sarah accepted a full time position with the company and made the decision to move to Kansas City.
In the first half of this episode, I spoke with Sarah about the transition from college to working full time for a startup and how she stays healthy under pressure by focusing on her faith, dance and spending time with others.
During the second half of this episode, Sarah and I discussed the events of August 14th, 2017. At the time, Sarah was interning for Social Assurance and was housesitting/dog sitting for us while we were in Europe. Just moments after Sarah had returned from taking her cousins out for ice cream to celebrate the first day of school, our neighbor’s home exploded. The explosion caused damage to 43 homes in our neighborhood and later killed my neighbors who were both inside at the time of the explosion.
Sarah’s thoughtfulness, care and perception of life’s events is wise beyond her years. I spoke with Sarah about how life’s transitions affect us, whether expected or not, how we process them and how we move forward.