Being healthy isn’t a quick or easy endeavor — we get it! We certainly don’t have an unlimited budget for $15 green juices or enough hours in the day to spend two of them at the gym. In our “5 healthy habits” series we get inspired by tips & tricks from real women (no celebrity yoga gurus allowed!) and share the healthful practices they’ve incorporated into their daily lives.
I am the CEO and co-founder of Coolhaus Ice Cream — a unique, awesome dessert brand known for its craft ice cream sandwiches, pints, and bars from our trucks in LA, NYC, and Dallas, scoop shop in LA, and retailers around the country. I oversee everything related to the brand vision: the design, packaging, collateral, and culture. We have a very creative approach to what we do, a devotion to quality, and a super fun environment for our fans, customers, and team.
Unsurprisingly, one of my biggest obstacles to maintaining my health is being constantly surrounded by sweets. While I try to always keep healthy food around, if I want ice cream, I have a bite. Someone has to QC the product after all, right?! In the end, I guess that’s my philosophy: be as healthy as possible when you can, but indulge on occasion to keep yourself sane.
1. I grow what I eat. Freya (Coolhaus co-founder, Ludlows founder, and my wife) and I are lucky to have a year round garden that we can harvest fruits and vegetables from. It is so fun and nutritious to pick what you want to eat and make a meal of it. It never gets old.
2. Bring non-perishable healthy snacks wherever you go. Healthy eating is difficult and can be costly when traveling. I like to bring some sprouted almonds, lean jerky, or other favorites along with me.
3. I get my exercise on my way to the office. I’m lucky enough to be bike riding distance from my office (about 3 miles), but I’ve also walked the distance on occasion. I also try and bring calls outdoors with me, so I’m not just letting a gorgeous LA day pass me by.
4. Eat breakfast. I almost always eat breakfast, and a cooked breakfast at that (I’m very lucky to have a wife who is an amazing cook and who works from a home office).
5. Make networking a healthy routine. One of my favorite things to do is use networking as an opportunity to get to know people AND be healthy together. Freya and I often play squash, tennis, and golf with fellow entrepreneurs or colleagues. It’s a much healthier than drinking together (although there is a time and place for that too).