Archive | February, 2011

Hellbent Entrepreneur becomes Healthbent Entrepreneur

25 Feb

The theme of my blog this week has been about  evolving in today’s world, an era I have deemed Age 2.0.  It’s been about the importance of adapting on a whim, changing your school of thought from day to day or even minute to minute, and believing in the notion that the future holds great things for you if by embracing dynamism.

Right now, our lives are skiffs being tossed about in a tumultuous ocean.

Parable: Recently, I’ve been doing some soul searching.  I finished my second marathon last sunday, and to aid my recovery, I went to a yoga classes at Black Swan here in Austin, TX. While in a semi-trance state following an hour of Power Vinyasa Flow, the instructor began coaxing mesmerizing sounds out of a gong during meditation.  Yogis will speak about the realignment and reset that the universal om-like sounds can have on the body and mind.  It clears the head and helps release negativity from the body.  I felt instantly energized and I came to realize that there’s been shift in my own logic, thoughts, + being.

I’d begun to notice how my life and this blog has shifted from being centered on the trials and tribulations of a young entrepreneur to evolving into a blog focused on the notion that health and business are not mutually exclusive nor illusive concepts.

I look forward to my continual evolution as this blog continues to take shape.  The nascent state of Healthbent Entrepreneur affords me ample opportunity to hone in my thoughts for continual improvement.  I will continue to discuss healthy living + entrepreneurship + unveil my new business venture when the time is right 🙂

Continue to check back for new posts every Tuesday and let’s connect on Twitter!

Still going for glory!

HE

@CESteinfeld

I went for glory!

Evolving in Age 2.0

22 Feb

We are entrepreneurs, people, and citizens operating in Age 2.0.  Things like technology, communication tools, and business landscapes are changing more rapidly than ever. Ostensibly, Age 2.0 helped facilitate the revolutions taking place across the Middle East as we speak (i.e. Egypt).

One of the great geniuses and inventors of our time, Ray Kurzweil, describes this rapid growth as a mathematical, predictable series of events that increases exponentially, not linearly. If you are not familiar  with Kurzweil and his body of work, I would highly suggest viewing his TED talk on rapid technological growth and even more interesting, his thoughts on the future of humanity as we know it, known as The Singularity.

While we may not equal the genius that Kurzweil is, the lesson we can take home is that:

In today’s age, we must be able to change and adapt as rapidly as our environment does.

A few examples of things forever changed.

  • Digitization of music and books
  • Mobile technology as the dominant platform for everything!
  • Twitter, Facebook, etc. operating as our main forms of societal communication
  • We are fast becoming augmented cyborgs!

These are things to keep in mind as we go out and change the world with our amazing entrepreneurial/business ideas.  We should be aware that Age 2.0 is the foundation from which to make sound business decisions.  How will you integrate mobile technology or operating systems? How will you market with social media? What do you foresee as huge trends in the interim and near future that could prove to be detrimental to your business?

These questions and thousands of others are more important today than ever before. Do not be afraid, embrace the present (and the future) and go out and change the world, just be ready to change adapt and shift your way of thinking on a whim. As for me, I’m working on it. My business concept and prototype (in development) has shifted shape entirely based on this very notion.  I will keep you posted on how things continue to evolve.

How have you evolved as a person, entrepreneur, or business owner in Age 2.0?

Always going for glory!

HE

@CESteinfeld

Running with chi*

15 Feb

Distance running, for me and many other endurance masochists, ahem athletes, is a great form of stress release and exercise. After all, going for glory requires a lot of energy, time, and can lead to stress.  The therapeutic and relaxing properties of a run often result in what many call the “runners high.”  Some skeptics argue that distance running is bad for the body and rough on the joints and knees.  Well, the jury is still out on whether or not the long-term effects do in fact create problems for the body (when performed correctly with, forefoot strike instead of heel striking, Harvard studies have shown that it can be safe and has been for thousands of years).  Even if it’s unclear of the impact on the joints and body, I posit that cardiovascular problems from inactivity far outweigh orthopedic problems related to exercise. Put another way, cardiovascular problems often result in death, while orthopedic problems often result in pain or surgery.   I don’t know about you but I’ll take pain over death any day.

Running, just like any sport, requires form and concentration.  The single best resource that I’ve been able to find on safe and effective technique has been from Chi Running.

Their message:

“Running does not cause injury  —  running incorrectly does.  When you run mindfully and with good technique, you can safely run for the rest of your life.”

If you do run, I highly recommend you look into these amazing techniques taught by Danny Dreyer, founder of Chi Running and author of the book by the same name.

From my own experience, I can run further than ever before, with less effort than ever before.

I’d love to hear about any techniques that people implement in regards to running injury free.  What do you think, can you run forever without compiling a plethora of injuries?

Always going for glory!

H.E.

@CESteinfeld

*This post is a follow-up to my last post on supplementation and running as I am competing in the Austin marathon this week.

Marathon training fuel

14 Feb

A snapshot of my food based supplements for peak marathon training.

Always going for glory requires pushing myself to my upper limits of my endurance and testing my will.  In business, as well as life, pushing ourselves beyond our level of comfort is important to grow and continuously improve. For me, running is a great way to relieve stress, increase cardiovascular endurance, and its a great analogy for my life which is:

“Always move forward.”*

I am running the Austin Marathon this Sunday, February 20th.  Above are some of the supplements that I have been using to support my intense training schedule.  It is very important to note that these are merely supplements to an already healthy lifestyle. That being said, I notice a vast improvement in recovery time and increased performance. I throw just about everything I can possibly fit into an Odwalla drink, shake it to oblivion, and drink!

From left to right:

  • Accel gel: Carbohydrate replenishment for long run training to recover when glycogen stores begin to deplete.
  • Pure Synergy Superfood: Complex greens, phytonutrients**, blue-green algae, chinese herbs, etc. to speed recovery time and improve performance.  Enhances athletic endurance and recovery by better delivering oxygen to the cells.
  • Warrior Food Protein: Vanilla flavored, vegan protein composed of hemp and brown rice proteins with enzymes for better body assimilation.  I prefer vegan protein over high-uric acid forming whey which tends to be stripped of its strongest nutritional properties when it is processed and isolated. If you are able to find some quality RAW whey, let me know 🙂
  • Odwalla Superfood: Green, superfood blend again for maximum phytonutrients and greens.*
  • Maca Powder: Raw maca powder for energy and increased performance.
  • Himalyan Sea Salt: Contains all 84 trace elements found in the body and naturally creates an isotonic, sports drink when added to water.  I tend to shy away from Gatorade and other sports drinks due to the sugar overkill.

When pushing the body to its upper limits of extreme, modern nutrition and science can help improve performance, naturally.  These are just a few of the things that I personally choose to use for increased performance and recovery.  Anyone have any recommendations?  Email me and let me know, or just post in the comments.

*See my previous post on moving forward here.

**Cheers to phytonutrients, which are essentially the micro nutrients (cartenoids, flavanoids etc.) found in plants and green vegetables.  They are absolutely essential for optimal nutrition, health, and well-being.  In addition, they can help boost hemoglobin levels in the body, increasing red blood cell count, to better ensure oxygen is delivered at the cellular level.

Always going for glory!

H.E.

Twitter: @CESteinfeld

Spotted! Yogi Cameron is a Pontificating Diet Extremist!

9 Feb

Alert! Yogi Cameron is a Pontificating Diet Extremist (PDE)! Just look at his picture….who wouldn’t want to look like this former model at age 44?  Now you can too if only you buy his book, follow a Ayurvedic Diet tailored to your specific energy “chakra,” go vegetarian, eat loads of ghee (clarified butter), and become a Guru Ghandi-esque figure along the way!

For those who read my blog post yesterday you’ll remember that people generally fall into one of three categories in relationship to their nutrition and health, one being the Pontificating Diet Extremists, or PDE. Just to recap:

  • They’re shameless, self-promoters whose interests to serve others are a veil to serve themselves
  • They’re expectations for others to follow their chosen diet is highly unrealistic + impractical
  • They fail to see that many of their tips and beliefs are scientifically unfounded and not applicable to the general population
  • They view other diets and people who follow them as long-lost alien species with nothing to offer

The New York Times did an article today on Yogi Cameron that I just could not help but reading. The author writes in a straight forward, yet tongue-in-cheek way where his skepticism of Yogi Cameron is completely +utterly apparent.

What do you think? Is Yogi Cameron a PDE or is he the embodiment of the Balanced and Practical approach that others can emulate?

Always going for glory!

H.E.

Twitter: @CESteinfeld

Nutritional nihilists and pontificating diet extremists

8 Feb

Those who know me, and those who are beginning to know me through my second self (ie this blog, twitter), understand my deep seeded belief in the power of nutrition, mental philosophy, and lifestyle to exponentially increase one’s health and overall well-being.  I’ve read about, explored, tweaked, and experimented with multiple diets and have concluded that in reality, Michael Pollan says it best:

“Eat foods. Not too much. Mostly Plants”

If you have not read, The Omnivores Dilimma and/or In Defense of Food , you are depriving yourself of vital information that will infinitely improve your mind, body, and health. Pollan has a unique ability to look at things objectively and offer information in a clear cut, succinct manner.

This simple moniker is a great one to live by because it does not put forth the notion that you have to keep track of every calorie or carb you eat each day (oh! I just ate a grape! + 3 calories in my log!), nor does it prescribe some ludicrous extreme approach to living based on unfounded pseudo-science and extremist notions that we were not meant to eat animals or complex carbohydrates (ahem! paleo, double ahem!! vegan).  It merely states that you eat food with a balanced approach! Yes, glorious unadulterated food! Not something that resembles food or once was food in a galaxy far, far away (ie twinkies et al). It does not adhere to some baseless doctrine that we were not designed or supposed to eat animals (our dental structure quickly debunks this myth).  In fact, if we did not eat fish or animals as we evolved , we most likely would have lacked the omega-3 fatty acids and saturated fats necessary to increase cognitive function and brain development.  We would have lacked the energy to explore vast distances into unknown, unexplored places without a complex amino-acid profile and ample amount of saturated fat.  In essence, we probably would still be neanderthals aimlessly foraging for wild plants and fruits somewhere in Africa, and the vegans and the paleos of the world would not even exist to begin with! But I digress….

It comes down to the fact that we should be conscience from where food comes from! We should ask the hard questions about people who pander quick weight loss diets, extreme doctrines (whom I call pontificating diet extremists), and those who push self-help books of which they, not YOU, receive the most benefit.

After much thought, it seems we all as members of society can be put into a three categories in regards to our take on diet and nutrition:

1. Nutritional nihilists:  People that believe that food and nutrition decisions have little to no impact on their own health or the health of society.  They eat whatever they choose and believe that diet has no impact on their health and well-being.  They often end up with obesity or morbidity which then leads to lifelong health problems and chronic disease such as diabetes or heart disease.  They may, only after a scary health episode, choose to change their lifestyle but it’s often too late to fully recover.

2. Pontificating diet extremists: People that harangue that their diet is the best and that all others are just misguided, long-lost, foreign alien species.  While many of their points on diet and nutrition have a great deal of merit, they fail to see that their philosphical and scientific basis is unfounded, misguided, and impractical for the general population.  They also preach to their friends, they blog, write books, and yell at their family when they choose to eat turkey on Thankgiving or when their friends want to eat a piece of whole wheat toast for breakfast.

Have a good laugh about this video: Diet deathmatch! Paleo vs Vegan!

3. Balanced and practical: Those that understand the impact that their diet has on their health and society but do not adhere to any strict philosophical or scientific doctrine.  They live in the balance and strive to eat FOOD! They support food and food causes because they understand that our purchases has a direct impact on what companies and farms produce. They understand the basic doctrine that we should eat a mostly plant-based diet with some animal protein because we are human omnivores after all! Check out the free manifesto called Fearless Health by fellow blogger Matt Gartland or any of the listed Michael Pollan works for more reading. I will be posting additional resources to explore as well.

This post is far from comprehensive.  It is merely a foundation to broach this topic in more detail in the future.  I will be sure to discuss this further because, not only is it fascinating, but it’s quickly becoming increasingly important as this whole obesity thing seems to be getting more and more out of control.

Always going for glory!

H.E.

aka C.E. Steinfeld

Jumping ship and embracing the unknown

1 Feb

Once again Everett Bogue, author and blogger, has got me thinking. And I mean really thinking. His latest post on his Far Beyond the Stars Blog makes some extremely important points that are important to take to heart in our modern, kinetic, dynamic, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants world. I, for one, thrive in this uncertain world. Tomorrow means nothing and everything simultaneously. Huh? Yes. Our lives are becoming more and more uncertain where game changing ideas, thoughts, and practice could be bouncing around my head or yours at any time or place.

The most important point that really resonates with me and I think should for many is this:

“The reality of uncertainty is that it is actually the most rewarding state for humans to exist in.”

Read that again. We have no idea just how much we can learn about ourselves if we just dive in and embrace the above concept. As an entrepreneur I have chosen an uncertain path. Each day I learn more and more about myself and consider each day to be a crazy adventure which makes up my so-called life. Most people will generally (in accordance with the laws of nature) always take the path of least resistance. This path, while easy, might make you look back on your life, wonder where the time and days went, think of the dreams that could have been, and the great ideas that you had that others pursued and got rich off. Well I’m determined for this to not be me and the uncertainty of it all really gets my creative juices flowing.

So carve out your path, ignore conventional wisdom (more on this later), and opt for a life intent on changing the world however you see fit.

Always going for glory!

H.E.