Intelligent Quisine with Bruce Shalett & Other Diet Options

Millions of people struggle with their diets so it’s no surprise that people are constantly looking for a solution for their desire to eat in a healthy way. Here are a few suggestions for doing so.

Intelligent Quisine: If you haven’t yet heard of this company, you may want to take note. With Co-Executive Chairman Bruce Shalett, the idea behind the company is to provide nutritionally complete, patented meals to people. The program includes three meals a day, and even snacks. It is recommended for ten weeks and the frozen meals are delivered directly to the person’s door every week. The meal plan includes 100% of the daily recommended intakes for 20 vitamins and minerals and also meets recommendations from the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society and many others.

Partnering with friends: Another great way to stay healthy and to lose weight is to create accountability. One way to do this is to partner with friends and to create a check and balance system with each other. You can check in once a day (or more if you desire) and be honest about what you’re eating. Keeping a log of your daily food intake and exercise also keeps you accountable.

Self-Monitoring: Another option that many people have found to be widely successful is the FitBit or other self-monitoring electronic tools. These allow the user to see how many steps they’ve taken in a day, how much they’ve eaten, how well they have slept and other items. It can help a user to stay motivated and to see instant and daily results.

Whether you’re buying your food from a company like Intelligent Quisine with Bruce Shalett, partnering with a friend or buying a self-monitoring system, doing something is always better than doing nothing.


Combining Busy Business Lives with Marathon Running

Many executives use exercise as an outlet for their energy and as a way to stay fit and energized. While working incredibly long days at the office, it makes sense that running would be an ideal outlet for the busy executive, as it doesn’t box the runner into time or space constraints. Running can be done early in the morning or at the last hours of the day, from any city where the business person might find him or herself.

As Suellen Hughes, a marathon runner and creator Transforme for executive coaching explains on a blog post, running marathons and businesses are very similar. She wrote that there are some obvious similarities between marathon running and running a business, “like the need to have a vision, long and short term goals, a plan, and the metrics to tell you whether or not you’re on track.” Furthermore, she explains that training for a marathon takes a lot of time and that planning and scheduled activities are vital for both running and running businesses.

Similarly, Seth Fischer of Oasis Management is a business executive in Hong Kong. He finds the time to juggle his incredibly busy work schedule with marathon running. The list of his marathon wins and participations is long and full. He was a first race winner in the Lantau Mountain Marathon half marathon race on January 9, 2011; In the Hysan Healthy Hike & Run in Hong Kong, he placed third overall on March 18, 2012. After that race, he said, “Just happy I finished. Very hot conditions.” During one race, on January 31 of 2010, he actually confused the starting times and was last to start the half marathon. Nonetheless, he managed to come in 6th overall.

Another avid runner, Griselda K. Togobo, is the founder of AWOVI Consulting Ltd. This is a company that is devoted to increasing the success rate and profits of small business in America. After she was accepted to run across the north of England on September 16th with 54,000 runners, Togobo started to notice how running and running businesses are similar. As she wrote, “As I found out, training for a marathon (just like growing a successful business) needs more than the average prescribed routines. You need to work on your stamina. To make real progress towards your goals, you need to run the real course, train with the right people, eat right and stay on course with the right training and mindset. You need to push yourself outside of your comfort competencies stretching yourself to develop stamina. Stamina is something most small business owners don’t have, the least sign of trouble and most people shut down and give up.”

Certainly, these marathon runners and the many other business executives like them who combine their passions can learn important skills from both their running and their business lives.

HIT Workouts: An All-Inclusive Exercise in 4 Minutes Flat

The general belief is that the best amount of exercise to get in a week is 150 hours. Many would claim that this suggestion is in the fact what keeps them overweight or unhealthy, since finding even an hour or two of free time during the day is no small feat.

An amazing solution to this issue is the HIT workout, or High Intensity Training. This miracle worker helps the body lower blood sugar levels, release fatty acids, and improves both aerobic and anaerobic aptitudes within minutes.

This 3-4 minute form of exercise is not new. One HIT routine was developed in the nineties by Dr. Tabata of the National Institute of Fitness and Sports. He dictated a workout that merely included eight 20-second bursts of high activity with a 10-second pause between each one. In total, such a workout would take less than four minutes.

HIT workouts consist of exercises like squats, pushups, sit ups, lunges, ‘the plank’, crunches and dips. Done in quick succession, these drills will leave the body aching, shaking, sore and continuously burning calories. The body will continue to burn fat and strengthen muscles long after you shower and continue with your day.

The benefits of the HIT workouts are endless. They are short and do not require equipment, can be done as many times a week as possible, burn fat and strengthen the muscles, circulatory system and respiratory system, alleviate stress, boost your mood and focus and improve sleep. There is no excuse; finding a total of four minutes every week is no chore.

Losing Weight and Staying Healthy Into Your 40s

During a woman’s younger years, she may find it easier to eat a little less, exercise a little more, and maintain a steady dress size while occasionally snacking on her favorite chocolate or ice cream. Then, suddenly, she’ll hit forty and realize that her body just can’t balance itself out the same way, and that her schedule is really too busy to start working on a new, all-inclusive health regimen.

The fact of the matter is, as a person ages their body’s metabolism becomes increasingly slower. A woman’s metabolic rate falls 5% every decade starting at the young age of 20. Of course, proper nutrition and exercise throughout those years can slow the process, but the nature of things is eventually inevitable.

As you reach your forties and become more concerned with both your looks and your general health (cholesterol, heart disease…) here are a few simple tips to get started. Remember, the process will most likely take a while, and results will be slower than they were when you were 25. Don’t give up easily, and don’t get discouraged- the better your body feels, the better your mind will feel.

  • Beware of Stress Fat: a lot of the weight gained at this age shows up around the waist. This is often a result of the stress hormone cortisol, which urges the body to store energy in case of an emergency. High levels of cortisol (and with it, fat) can lead to heart disease, high-blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, diabetes and even cancer. It is important to deal with stress and anxiety in order to begin losing this weight.
  • Watch the Time: Over-eating during the evening, as the whirlwind of the day winds down and time becomes available, is a number one cause of slow metabolism and weight gain. These hours are often mindless or stressful, leading to large, often instant meals and additional cups of coffee.
  • Plan Your Meals: Instead of snacking on little tidbits throughout the day with plans to eat a large meal at night, make sure to set up three or four smaller, healthy meals to eat each day. Pack a lunch if you know you won’t have time to prepare one later, and make sure to get a real breakfast in within an hour of waking up. These meals will allow you to monitor your eating throughout the day, avoid unhealthy snacks, and eliminate the large late-night meals.
  • Exercise, Exercise, Exercise: Of course, physical activity is key in maintaining a healthy, fit body. Though you’ve heard it countless times- skip the elevator and use the stairs. Do jumping jacks or jump rope when you get a private moment, or maybe sign up at the gym. Go swimming, walk the dog, run on the treadmill, ride a bike… All of these activities will not only burn calories, but also improve your general health, as well as significantly reduce stress and improve your mood.


Staying Disciplined to Exercise: Tips for the Trade

runningSometimes, staying fit is all about your mental space. Gaining encouragement from others who are dedicating themselves to exercising regularly can give you the boost you need to keep going. On a recent blog post, Lindsey Holder offered such inspiration when she interviewed the extremely busy executive Jim Donovan. Goldman Sachs executive and adjunct professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, Jim Donovan still makes time for running in his life.

When she asked Donovan what made him start running, he replied that he started running as an outlet when beginning with Goldman Sachs. Explaining why running was such a great outlet for him, James Donovan, a Goldman Sachs Managing Director, said, “I then made certain that I ran for 30-45 minutes every day no matter what.  No matter how little I slept and no matter where in the world I happened to be, all I needed was a pair of sneakers and running clothes to start my day. I’ve been a convert ever since.”

When asked if he incorporates other activities into his weekly exercise program, Donovan said,

“I have incorporated a 30-40 minute pushup/jumpie workout once or twice into my week instead of a run.  This workout is basically designed to generate the same feeling that is created during my run, though.  It is very fast and very difficult.”

Certainly, for many of us who are less busy than Jim Donovan, Goldman Sachs executive, we can probably learn a few things about discipline and hard work from a role model of this sort.