Tip of the Month

Welcome to the Nutrition Entrepreneurs Tip of the Month

From the Disease to Please to a Decision of Peace

Hi, I’m Jen and I am a people pleaser.  I’ve said “yes” to too many things I should have said no to.  Yet, every time I say no to something, I find myself feeling guilty and playing the “what if” game.  Why is it that saying no is so hard?  
When new opportunities arise, I have learned to stop and listen.  It’s easy to get excited over the new opportunity and immediately commit, without thinking it through.  Here are some things I consider before I say yes or no:
1.    First, pause.  There are rarely decisions over opportunities in our careers that require immediate action.  Pausing allows us to listen, take a step back and evaluate.  Our intuition is powerful, listen to it.  Depending on the opportunity, I may pause for a few minutes or I may pause for several days to think it all through.  
2.    Realize I may disappoint someone.  This is a tough one because if you are a people pleaser, you never want to disappoint anyone!  This one comes down to knowing your values.  Before knowing my values, I believe I disappointed my family with my tendency to overcommit.  Being too busy, coming home too late, missing out on events.  Now, because I know my values and I match those values to the opportunities that arise.  
3.    Recognize that there will be more opportunities down the road.  A “no” doesn’t mean never and a “yes” doesn’t mean forever.
4.    Saying “yes” to something, means saying “no” to something else.  We pick our yes’s and our no’s every day.  What’s making it to the top of your priority list?
I’m a recovering people pleaser and it still is a daily challenge to make some decisions.  But with each decision, I find it a little more doable when I keep these tips in mind.  I hope your decisions are too!!

Tip of the Month: August 2014

Jen Haugen, RDN, LD As a mom, Down-to-Earth Dietitian and farmer’s daughter, Jen Haugen, RDN, LD, loves to help moms nourish their families with food and faith.  As a writer, television personality and speaker, Jen believes that moms really can change the world, starting right in their own homes. She recently presented a TEDx talk on “How Moms Can Change the World”, and even more recently transitioned from full-time retail dietitian to part-time school dietitian so she can more fully live her values by spending more time cooking and gardening with her family and working with food companies that value family too.  Find her at www.jenhaugen.com and @jenhaugen.

Time. It's what drives us.

Time. It's what drives us. It's what stops us. It can sometimes drive us crazy. I used to travel all over the country—across timezones. As professional registered dietitians, I'm sure there are plenty who travel. My number one suggestion is to be in the time you are in. That's it. Many times I hear people say it's this time here but really this time back home. This adding and subtracting is just adding to your stress and exhaustion. Be in the time your are currently in and your body's clock will most likely adjust. Once you stop worrying about what time it "really is" you can start to enjoy and appreciate the time you are truly in.

Tip of the month: July, 2014

Jessica Bowhall, MBA,RD

Your #1 Enemy – Distractions!

Distractions cost you money every day. Each time your phone bings, rings, or buzzes and you check it you’re losing money. Each time you check your email that isn’t schedule, you’re losing money. These things are all distractions that keep you from focusing on the task at hand. One study showed that you can take 25 minutes after being distracted to return to your original task. And, if you try to multitask, you lose, on average, 10 IQ points.
How do you combat distractions? Here are three tips for combating distractions:
1.       Decide you don’t have to allow yourself to be on top of everything all the time. Turn off the notifications on your phone or have them all silenced except for the most critical ones. For example, I don’t get text message notifications anymore except from my husband. The default tone for text messages is silence. In my husband’s contact, I have a special tone for text messages.
2.       Schedule times to check email. If you absolutely need people to reach you, setup an out of office message that responds to incoming emails letting senders know that you check your email at certain times each day. If the message is urgent they can call you on your office, cell, or other number where you can be reached.
3.       Block out time in the day to work on your high priority projects – 90 minutes is a good time to target. When you’re working in these blocks, don’t answer your phone, check email, text messages, facebook, twitter, the news – anything!
These are just three ways to combat distractions. You can start with these then find other ways to protect your focus and minimize distractions in your life.

Tip of the Month: June 2014

Penny L. Wilson, PhD, RDN, CSSD, LD

How Do You Know If You Are Eating Quality Chocolate?

I eat at least one piece of chocolate a day, and have always wondered why all chocolates don’t taste the same.  Therefore, I did some research on chocolate and I wanted to share what I found.  When choosing chocolate in the future, be it as a snack, to cook with, or to give as a gift, here are three things to look for in making the best choice.

First, when selecting chocolates you should always look at the chocolate first and inspect it.  You should be looking for chocolate that has a glossy surface.  They should not have any bubbles/ blemishes, and they should not look cloudy or gray. If the chocolate that you have chosen to eat has any of the above qualities it could mean that the chocolate has been exposed to extreme temperatures during processing or handling.  Good chocolate should also have a clean, hard snap to it. Any chocolate that bends or crumbles upon breaking is either low quality or just plain old.  

Second, high quality chocolate will have a strong chocolate smell.  Chocolate picks up aromas; therefore, if you smell it before eating it you will be able to tell a lot about it.  If it has a freezer smell, it probably means that the chocolate has been in the freezer for too long.  If it has a spicy smell, it could mean that it has been stored with spices.  A good way to confirm your chocolate is still good, or is good quality, is to warm it up by rubbing your fingers over the top of it.  Next, smell the chocolate.  If the chocolate has a strong chocolate smell then it is a good quality.  If it doesn’t have a chocolate smell, or smells of spices, vanilla, or anything else it means that it won’t taste like chocolate either.  

Finally, taste the chocolate. You want chocolate that is smooth and melts in your mouth.  Good chocolate will have a velvety texture.  If it feels waxy, sandy, or slippery then it is most likely not a high quality chocolate and has not been made with real cocoa butter, but cocoa butter equivalents.

Choosing chocolate can be a fun experience and if chosen right can be fun, healthy and satisfying to your sweet tooth.

Tip of the Month: May 2014

Carrie Mark, MA, RDN, LDN

Careful of Words to Self

Looking back through the past months of tips, I am inspired by the wealth of information our members have to share!  We truly are entrepreneurs with a nutrition heart!

“Careful of words to self” – that is the tip that I wish to share.  If you haven’t read “The 4 Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz, please take a meaningful hour to read and then months/years to savor. 

His quoteable words: “Be Impeccable with your Word: Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the Word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your Word in the direction of truth and love.”

I have studied this premise and often use it with my eating disorder clients because if we are careful with our words to others, we first should be careful with how we speak to self. 

As entrepreneurs, or hopeful entrepreneurs, we often repeat to ourselves what we fear, what our challenges are and where our failures lurk.  This negativity is draining at best and self-fulfilling at worst! If we instead remind ourselves of our strengths, our past and possible future accomplishments, we are much more likely to actualize.  We become stronger, more capable, and more confident, more accomplished and best yet, more positive with others!!

When we say supportive words to ourselves, we are likely to project positivity to those we work with, socialize with and live with!  That spells success in any arena.

Tip of the Month: April 2014

Barb Andresen, RDN, LDN