Q&A With Women of Influence NY Honoree Ariane Duarte

Ariane DuarteFans of Bravo TV’s “Top Chef” may recognize Ariane Duarte, who competed on the show’s 5th season. This past year, the chef also competed on the show “Beat Bobby Flay” and was victorious! Ariane is also the owner and chef of Ariane’s Kitchen & Bar in New Jersey. She, as well as six other outstanding women, will be honored and celebrated at the 4th Annual Women of Influence Luncheon in New York on May 13th.

Get to know a little more about Ariane:

  1. What does it mean to you to be chosen as a Woman of Influence by the T.J. Martell Foundation?

The question gives me pause. Without thinking that I am influencing anyone, I just carry on, doing what I love, doing what I care about for those I hope will enjoy what I create.

I am a chef. I try to feed the stomach and if I feed the soul, then I am doing more than I hoped.  If my attitude, my business, my food inspire others to follow their talent, how lucky am I!  

  1. What piece of advice would you give to young women today to inspire them to follow their dreams?

Forget dreams.  Follow your talents. Young women – ask questions, Ask questions. Ask questions. It’s ok to hear “no”.  It’s the way you’ll grow.

  1. What steps do you take to make health and wellness a priority in your life?

Annual checks-ups and listen to your body!

Support Ariane and our other 6 honorees by making a tax-deductible donation or purchasing a ticket to the New York Women of Influence luncheon. Funds raised will benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation’s breast and ovarian cancer research programs. www.tjmfwomenofinfluence.org

 

Guest Blog Post: How to Stay Energized From Morning Until Night

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The difference between a person and a machine is that a machine can run for 24 hours nonstop, with no exhaustion whatsoever. A person, on the other hand, can’t be able to work under such conditions and perform effectively all through. Yes, not even with coffee.  We get tired; we require some sleep. Experts recommend that you have at least 6 hours of sleep. A sad reality in life is that most people are obsessed with achieving the “it” kind of life. We want people to admire and envy us for all that we have. It doesn’t matter if you will spend the entire night working, just to add a few dollars to our accounts. We don’t care that we are losing touch with our families; in any case they should be thankful we are doing all this for them. Isn’t that so? No?

With that kind of a mentality and lifestyle, you might be doing more harm to yourself than good. First of all sleep deprivation leaves you irritable and underproductive. You tend to lose concentration easily and this make you prone to missing some major details in the things you are doing. Again, your family is the most important part of your life. By all means work to make their lives better, but don’t forget to check on then every once in a while. Just to know how they have been fairing. This gives them a sense of security as they feel you love them despite your busy schedule.

In this article, we look at the routine that you should follow to have an energized productive day, especially for a woman.  Adhere to the following things.

  1. Stop the Habit of Snoozing

I know that most alarm systems have a button that says snooze, but please if it’s waking up, stop using it. This is because, when the alarm rings, you are awoken. If you snooze for let’s say another ten minutes, that is not enough time for you to have fallen asleep completely. Thus, it will ring again when you are halfway asleep. This interferes with your hormones and tends to make you sluggish throughout the day.

  1. Lighten up the place

Draw out the curtains for light to get in the house. Light helps in stimulating the wake-up processes. In the event that you are an early riser and it’s still dark outside, switch the lights on. This will make you feel more ready to start the day’s activities.

  1. Jumpstart you day with some exercise

Before everyone else wakes up and start asking for things, they probably should not be having, you need to have some you-time. Do a 30 to 45 minutes exercise to boost your mood. Alternatively, if you are a yogi, you can practice a few postures.  This will help you come down and easily tackle everything else that comes your way during the day.

  1. Take a healthy breakfast

As a mother, you are required to do a lot of stuff in the morning. Ensure everybody is ready in time and they do not miss anything.  Prepare their breakfast snacks for the day and a whole bunch of other stuff. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Prepare one that is health and enough for everyone. Minimize the carbohydrates intake and opt for the lean protein and healthy fats.

  1. Carry a snack to the office

Taking your snack ensures you don’t get tempted to eat the junk foods mainly offered in the cafeteria.  You can watch what you are eating as most of these foods contains loads of unhealthy fats. A snack is essential to keep you full during the day. Some nuts like almond or and avocado stuffed snack are quite ideal.

  1. Don’t forget to eat your lunch

Lunch is the second most important meal of the day. No matter how busy you are, don’t forget to take it. It will keep you refreshed and bursting with energy in the afternoon, which is otherwise deemed to be boring.

  1. Drink, Drink Water

I think this should become the 11th commandment. I guess that’s when most people will start taking it seriously. Dehydration is not going to do any good to you aside from making you tired and irritable. Staying hydrated is a sure way to keep you energized throughout the day and your alertness level is increased. Eight glasses a day will do just fine or eat foods that have a high water content e.g. watermelons. Whatever you do ensure you are hydrated and no, coffee is not one of the drinks I am talking about.

  1. Take in Vegetables and Fruits

Vitamins and minerals found in most foods are essential not only for your health but also to keep you energized during the day.  They also make a sweet, refreshing snack, especially in the afternoon.

Conclusion

After the day is over, write a note of the things you need to do the next day. Don’t carry your work home and deny yourself the chance to connect with your family. The work stress may affect your health, so a few minutes of yoga will also be welcome as it helps in relieving the day’s stress. Help the children with their homework and connect with your partner. These are the little things that make a lot of difference in our lives. In no time, you will become healthier and happier.

 

Further Readings:

  1. https://www.consumerhealthdigest.com/general-health/20-ideas-for-easy-healthy-meals.html
  2. http://www.shapefit.com/exercise/4-yoga-poses-boost-energy-improve-life.html

Author Bio:

Claire John is a Houston, TX-based author with 7 years of experience, who has covered beauty, fitness, diet plans and health articles for a number of websites. She is a graduate from Texas Southern University. You can find her work on top beauty, health and fitness websites. To know more about Claire John visit her on Facebook and Google+