Today I’m featuring a guest post from fellow woman entrepreneur Natalie Schneider, a health and wellness coach who manages Natalie Wellness. I met Natalie because we shared a weekend in our Fire Island beach house (what do I always say about your next professional connection being where you don’t expect it…). We were both starting our businesses at the same time so we spent some long walks to the Lighthouse talking about them and the transition to entrepreneurship. We’ve stayed in touch and bounced ideas off each other as practitioners and business owners and I am grateful for our relationship. Like me, she also participated in the Kaufman Foundation’s Fast Trac program for entrepreneurship.
Here’s Natalie’s advice for maintaining health while conducting a job search.
When we are going through transition in our life, be it a career change or searching for our first job, it is extremely important to take care of ourselves. We want to present our best image when we are interviewing, one that shows energy and vitality. Here are some basic steps to keep your energy level high.
1. Hydration: Many people go through their day not drinking any water. Water is extremely important to the body. Caffeinated beverages do not count as water!
Helpful Hint- Buy a water bottle to keep at home and fill it up first thing in the morning.
2. Vegetables: Green vegetables are the number one thing missing from the American diet. Greens provide vitamins, minerals and fiber, which give us energy. There are hundreds of different vegetables available which change seasonally. Try a vegetable that you have not eaten before. If you hate spinach don’t eat it, eat the ones you like. Most vegetables can be cooked in just 5-10 minutes by steaming or boiling.
Helpful Hint- If you really don’t want to cook, prepared vegetables can be purchased from delis, and grocery stores.
3. Sugar: Sugar gives us temporary energy and then we come crashing down. Too much sugar adds on the pounds and can lead to diabetes. It’s in a lot of our food and we don’t even realize it. There is tons of sugar in breakfast cereals and muffins, frozen dinners and beverages (sodas, ice teas, alcohol).
Helpful Hint- Eat natural forms of sugar such as fresh fruit, carrots and sweet potatoes. For a healthy alternative to soda try unsweetened coconut water which is super high in potassium.
4. Whole Grains: Refined white flour sends our blood sugar soaring and then we crash. This is because all the vitamins and fiber have been stripped from the grain.
Helpful Hint- Eat whole wheat breads, barley and quinoa.
Natalie Schneider is a health & nutrition coach who works with individuals and groups who want to have more energy, lose weight and learn how to eat healthy. She has given presentations on Sugar Blues and Eating for Energy at health clubs and corporations throughout the New York area.