After a decade working for big corporations, and getting his MBA along the way, Chris finally found his calling as a health & wellness entrepreneur. He’s turning his passion for healthy, mindful eating into a food startup business. Brain Bar, is a plant-based protein bar fortified with nootropic nutrients. It’s due in stores Spring 2018.
Competing in his first fitness show taught Chris a lot about setting daily goals and practicing self-discipline to achieve them. At the time, he was broke and unemployed. He learned to develop tasty and nutritious recipes in his home kitchen with affordable, quality ingredients. Many of those he created for Muscle Insider’s Best Protein Chef Challenge. Chris shares his favourite (and easiest!) recipes on his personal blog, Doyouevencookbro.blog.
Chris is a new brand ambassador for Oranj Fitness. He draws a lot of strength and inspiration from Calgary’s health & fitness community. He practices hot yoga, is an avid volunteer for local arts & culture, and considers himself a capable outdoorsman. Through his work as an ambassador for Modern+Mindful in 2017, Chris developed a deeper appreciation for the benefits of meditation. His favourite places for meditation (in no particular order): in the sauna after a workout, camping in the mountains, or watching the sunrise over the prairies.
Thanks to Chris for answering a few questions for us:
If not birth, then what brought you to Calgary?
I came to Calgary in 2013 to help the city get back on its feet after the devastating floods. I loved it so much that I decided to stay and make my home here. After nearly a decade in downtown Toronto, I was ready for a change. Since I was born in Edmonton (cue the boos…), moving to Alberta after decades in Eastern Canada was like returning to my roots. I was drawn to Calgary by its mixture of energy, enthusiasm, resilience and resourcefulness. I want to help this city reach its world-class potential. Calgary offers many of the things I enjoy: a booming health & wellness community, a vibrant arts & culture scene, an abundance of food options, and diverse neighbourhoods to explore. By the way, we also happen to have the most impressive “backyard” in all of Canada: the Rocky Mountains.
What are the best books you’ve read in the past year?
The Hard Thing About Hard Things by legendary Silicon Valley venture capitalist Ben Horowitz. Every entrepreneur should read this book because it offers blunt advice on the struggles of startup life. The author talks about all the messy stuff you don’t learn in MBA school.
12 Rules for Life by psychologist and cultural critic Jordan Peterson. The author (who was raised in Northern Alberta and has appeared multiple times on Joe Rogan’s podcast) draws on ancient texts, scientific research, and his own clinical practice to offer wise advice for everyone in the modern world.
Rising Strong by sociologist and thought leader Brené Brown. When life knocks us down (as it inevitably will) how do we find the strength to get up, own our story, and write a new ending? The author provides an incremental process to do just that. Her work has added a powerful word to the mainstream vocabulary: vulnerability.
What are your success habits?
“Win the morning, win the day.” I believe that having a consistent morning routine is critical. When my alarm goes off at 5:00 am (even on weekends), I get up, have a quick stretch and make my bed. Then I make a big cup of coffee and cook a stack of protein pancakes while listening to a podcast. Nourishment for body AND mind. After that, no matter what the day may throw at me, I know I’ve already had some small “victories” to put me on the right track.
Thanks to Mark Bilodeau for the photos!