When Christy Wilson resigned from her government job, her family thought she was crazy. Since making the jump into the world of entrepreneurship, Christy maintains a part time position at the University of Arizona while writing her first cookbook and building her consulting brand. I had a chance to catch up with Christy while my husband and I took a quick trip to Tucson, Arizona. We talked about life, entrepreneurship and the weird world of dietetics.
Natalie Micale knows how to hustle with heart. Within the last two years, she has transitioned from life as a local reporter to life in a startup. Not only is she now the director of business development at a digital marketing agency, but she launched a lifestyle blog and became a certified spin instructor all within the last few months. I sat down with Natalie to talk about the challenges of startup life and how she manages to stay healthy under pressure as a young professional.
Matt Webster is a busy husband, father, business owner and student. Matt has spent the last 6 years building his personal training business, Fitness Integration, as a way to bring on-site personal training to his clients. Matt understands that providing a safe and comfortable environment is key to his client’s success, which is why he’s now pursuing a master’s degree in counseling. Not only does he believe staying healthy under pressure involves including functional fitness in your everyday routine, but he also understands the importance of mental and emotional health.
Crystal Belsky is a Registered Dietitian who works with high pressured individuals. Crystal is the Global Director of Nutrition, Exercise and Health Promotion at Omni Behavioral Health in Omaha, NE. In this role, she guides the development and implementation of nutrition, exercise and wellness efforts for both staff and clients. Crystal is also a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, specializing in the treatment of eating disorders and substance abuse in athletes. I sat down with Crystal to talk about disordered eating and how that presents itself in startup life. I also asked her how she stays healthy under pressure as a wife, mother and nutrition professional. I learned a lot from this conversation and I know you will too!
Dustin Clonch is a husband, father of three and CEO of a software development firm. Listen and learn how this busy professional and father of three uses meal prepping to stay healthy under pressure. Dustin and I also discuss the pros and cons of following a ketogenic diet.
Michelle Welch is an entrepreneur at heart. Michelle is a Registered Dietitian and the District Wellness Facilitator for Lincoln Public Schools which includes faculty, staff and students. In this episode, Michelle provides advice for startups who can’t afford a wellness plan and tips for making 2018 your best year yet.
Jill Thayer Liliedahl knows the challenge of managing health and startup life is a matter of survival. Most startup founders know what it’s like to build and manage a business under pressure, but Jill has to manage her blood sugar as well. Jill is a type 1 diabetic, crazy dog lady and the CEO of SitStay.com, which started in 1995 as the pet industry’s first eCommerce retailer. Nearly twenty years, under Jill’s leadership, she helped manage a turnaround for SitStay.
Brent Comstock – Young Venture Capitalist Under Pressure
When Brent Comstock was 12 years old, he started fixing computers for neighborhood elderly ladies. He was 15 when he took his first website client. Seven years later, his one man show has transformed into BCom Solutions. Not only is Brent a recent college graduate and the founder of BCom Solutions, but he is also the COO for Change Ventures. Change Ventures is a seed-stage venture capital fund backing ambitious Baltic founders.
Lauren Rathman – Grad School Under Pressure.
Lauren Rathman might not be an entrepreneur, but she’s a busy person who knows what it’s like to live healthy under pressure. Not only is she a newlywed, but she’s also a personal trainer and a Dietetic Intern/grad student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I sat down with Lauren to chat about how she handles the stress of being a full time grad student and what her thoughts are on the ketogenic diet.
You can find Lauren on LinkedIn.
This episode also features an introduction to Ben Pankonin, startup founder and inspiration for this show.
Welcome to Healthy Under Pressure. This blog and podcast highlights the stories of entrepreneurs and busy people learning to live healthy under pressure. As a Registered Dietitian, I’ve coached hundreds of people at the scale. But talking to an entrepreneur about what they ate for lunch is like opening the floodgates.
When I reveal the fact that I’m a Dietitian, startup founders are the first to confess some sort of dietary sin. They are open and brutally honest about their health struggles. Ever since my husband launched his own startup, I’ve had a front row seat observing the rollercoaster of emotions, sleepless nights, and stress that go hand in hand with being a startup founder. I’ve seen how being focused on building a business often causes entrepreneurs to neglect other areas in their life, including their health. Throughout our startup journey we’ve learned that taking care of business starts by taking care of ourselves.
If Netflix is asking you if you’re still there, you might need to turn that off and get some rest. Entrepreneurs have binging habits. We binge when we work, we binge when we watch TV, and we binge when we party. It’s important to listen to your body, especially when it’s telling you to rest.
Sustainable burritos still have calories
Hey, that’s great if you care about where your food comes from. However, that “organic free-range lunch” is still loaded with calories and sodium. So, don’t forget to check the nutrition facts.
Science > Sensationalism
Tech entrepreneurs often pride themselves in sharing science, but it seems like science is ignored when it comes to good nutrition. I find that many listen to diet advice from influencers on Instagram instead of people with credentials. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. And if any diet plan insists that you give up fruits and vegetables, that’s definitely a red flag.
Share your stats
Health tech makes it even easier for us to track data. Your startup believes you can’t improve what you can’t measure. Build on that competitive spirit by taking part in daily step challenges with friends. Tracking your weight, nutrition, and daily steps is a great place to start, but don’t forget about other important numbers including your blood pressure, waist circumference, and cholesterol.
Slow down on the alcohol
I don’t know how many times I’ve sat across from an entrepreneur and they’ve told me all about their super healthy diet while drinking a Red Bull and Vodka. At the end of the day, all calories count… even those from alcoholic beverages.
Support your team…this includes your significant other
If somebody in your company wants to make healthy changes in their life, support and celebrate that. Be mindful of snacks you bring into the office and schedule walking meetings when appropriate. The startup community here has been amazing at supporting one another. It’s time to also support healthy attitudes and behaviors when it comes to food, alcohol, sleep, and activity.
There’s no time like the present to take better care of yourself. If you feel like you’ve got the exercise and healthy eating plan under control, what about your mental or spiritual health? When’s the last time you visited the dentist or had a physical? It’s important to remember that health is more than a number on the scale or the number of times you post on instagram about going to the gym. It’s about little steps you can take in all areas of health that can lead to big changes over time.