Eat like an athlete

Eat like an athlete. This will help you get through your day, be it work or play.

Eat like an athlete. This will help you get through your day, be it work or play.

For entrepreneurs, eating isn’t just about satisfying hunger. So say the growing ranks of nutrition experts who specialize in fine-tuning the metabolic performance of business leaders. “You’re like an athlete in the workplace,” says Richard Chaifetz, CEO of ComPsych, a Chicago-based provider of corporate wellness and employee-assistance programs. “So you should eat like an athlete.”

At the very least, that means lots of lean protein, fruits and vegetables, and complex carbohydrates; no processed foods; and minimal white flour and sugar. But when you spend all day confronting challenging mental tasks, the brain’s nutritional demands are greater.

For example, have you ever worked so hard that it felt as though your brain were on fire? It sort of was, says Patti Milligan, director of nutrition at Tignum, a consultancy that helps businesses boost employee performance through holistic wellness programs. “You produce lots of oxidants in the brain when you’re working,” she says. “Foods that are high in antioxidants–berries, beans, apples, tea–act like flame retardants.”

And don’t forget water. “The brain is 70 to 80 percent water,” Milligan says. “When it’s metabolically active 10 to 12 hours a day, removing metabolic waste from the brain requires optimal hydration.” She suggests “super-hydrating” with two cups at the beginning of the day and avoiding “dehydrators,” like processed sugary foods, high doses of caffeine, and soda. And watch out for “brain fog,” which can be evidence that you need to hydrate.

Speaking of caffeine, “coffee depletes serotonin, which contributes to a sense of well-being,” says Barbara Mendez, a New York City nutrition consultant who works with many business clients. “If you have it on an empty stomach, that quick delivery to the bloodstream leads to more anxiety and stress.” So save the coffee for midafternoon, when your hormonal and neural connections often need the boost.

If you do just one thing, cut out fatty foods. Andrew DiMichele, chief technical officer of Omada Health, an online diabetes-prevention program, gave up fries and chips at lunch and found an almost immediate boost in productivity. “A couple of weeks ago, I let this slide, and it was a stark reminder,” DiMichele says. “Not only was I sleepy and un-attentive all afternoon, but I was in a miserable mood.”

Science bears this out. According to a Cambridge University study, after five days on a high-fat diet, the treadmill performance of lab rats declined by half. Moreover, the rats eating fatty chow began to falter on a maze test they had been trained on–finding only five treats before making a mistake. The healthier rats were able to find six or more treats. And as any entrepreneur knows, it’s all about finding the treats.

Brain Food:

Drink Water

A 2011 study in the British Journal of Nutrition found that even mild dehydration in men reduced vigilance and memory and increased tension, anxiety, and fatigue.

Put Down The French Fry

A 2009 Cambridge University study found that high-fat diets made laboratory rats not just slower but dumber.

Sugar = Bad

A recent UCLA study found that a diet high in fructose slows the brain, hampering memory and learning. Omega-3 fatty acids–found in salmon, walnuts, and flaxseed–can counteract the disruption.


Fun Ethiopia trivia at Queen Sheba’s

Here are some Ethiopian facts from Wikipedia you can use to impress your friends:Queen Sheba's is your resource for Ethiopian culture and cuisine

  1. Ethiopia is one of the oldest locations of human life known to scientists. It is widely considered the region from which Homo sapiens first set out for the Middle East and points beyond.
  2. Ethiopia is older than Egypt. They have the pyramids. We have tradition.
  3. When Moses parted the Red Sea, it separated Ethiopia and Egypt.
  4. Eritrea used to be part of Ethiopia. They won independence in 1991.
  5. Ethiopia is the only African nation that was never colonized. England, Italy and others have colonized some of our neighbors. Ethiopia has never been colonized. This is part of the reason our culture and traditions have endured for centuries.
  6. Ethiopia is 60% Christian and 40% Muslim.
  7. The Ethiopian calendar has 13 months. The first 12 months have 30 days and the last month has only five days.
  8. Ethiopia has 91 million residents.
  9. Ethiopia has the largest economy by GDP in East Africa and Central Africa.
  10. King Solomon invited the Queen of Sheba to a banquet, serving spicy food to induce her thirst, and inviting her to stay in his palace overnight. The Queen asked him to swear that he would not take her by force. He accepted upon the condition that she, in turn, would not take anything from his house by force. The Queen assured that she would not, slightly offended by the implication that she, a rich and powerful monarch, would engage in stealing. However, as she woke up in the middle of the night, she was very thirsty. Just as she reached for a jar of water placed close to her bed, King Solomon appeared, warning her that she was breaking her oath, water being the most valuable of all material possessions. Thus, while quenching her thirst, she set the king free from his promise and they spent the night together. Their son was named Menelik I, who became the first Emperor of Ethiopia.

Queen Shebas has new desktop and mobile websites

Queen Sheba’s restaurant, today announced the new desktop and mobile websites for “We’ve been writing content for months. We are proud to display Ethiopian culture alongside Ethiopian cuisine,” said Mark Anthony Germanos of “Visitors will understand the legend of Queen Sheba, major events in Ethiopian history and the richness of Ethiopian culture. We even have a trivia page for guests to enjoy while their food is being prepared,” said Zion Taddese, orner of “It is a great step forward for a Sacramento-area woman-owned business.”

In addition to the culture, the website lists menu items that are vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free. Patrons are looking for gluten-free restaurants but are find them very scarce. Queen Sheba’s can prepare a gluten-free meal if you request it when ordering. Those requesting gluten-free enjeera should call ahead to make sure kitchen staff has the correct ingredients on hand.

Websites have to work on desktops and mobile browsers. Business owners must have a mobile-friendly website that showcases their business in a positive light. People searching for a restaurant on their smartphones are more likely to be hungry and in the car. They are more likely to find a restaurant that sounds appealing, get directions and go.

“SEO, or search engine optimization, is the act of publishing content that helps your ideal customer find you,” says Germanos. “She is looking for someone who does what you do, but does not know you exist. If you do your SEO right, she will find you. If not, she will find someone else.”


Inbound marketing certified by @Hubspot, Mark Anthony Germanos uses the Internet to help your ideal customers find you. He is Social Media Director at, a Sacramento inbound marketing solution provider. With 20-plus years in the technology field, Germanos has seen multiple changes and has kept abreast of changes both for his prosperity and for the prosperity of his customers. is available at 916-752-6767 and at