Food

Arshad Bahl, CEO + Founder Amrita: On Turning Tragedy Into Triumph

Arshad Bahl is the Founder + CEO of Amrita Foods,  the protein and energy bars that fuel my training and everyday life! His path to entrepreneurship was organic, literally and figuratively, and incredibly inspiring. He spent the first part of his career working in  corporate consulting and marketing, but when his son was diagnosed with autism and severe gastrointestinal issues at the age of two, his life and career were changed forvever. Arshad and his wife did a ton of research and immediately started their son on an aggressive gluten-free and dairy-free nutrition program. The nutritional changes helped heal his gastrointestinal issues, which allowed for better absorption of nutrition, which in turn made it easier for him to focus on other necessary therapies. Within three years, their son was in a mainstream classroom and was doing well both academically and socially.

After his son’s nutritional changes and gastrointestinal recovery, Arshad became convinced that plant-based nutrition was the right approach for managing inflammation. The significance of reducing one’s allergen load (such as consumption of gluten, dairy, nuts, soy, oils, preservatives, and chemical-containing non-organic foods) to help the body recover from daily stresses became apparent. Arshad became dedicated to developing snacks free of these damaging ingredients. In 2012, Amrita was officially launched.  What began as a few pop-ups starting at farmers markets got picked up by Whole Foods and today is in over 1000 doors nationwide.

Arshad is  an incredibly savvy founder and entrepreneur with a seriously awesome product. The protein and energy bars are delicious and packed with superfoods and healthy ingredients like Quinoa, Chia Seeds Dates Coconut Oil Sea Salt Maple Syrop, Cranberries, blueberries and more. They are dairy-free, gluten free, and vegan .

On today’s episode, Arshad and Marni talk about where his entrepreneurial journey began, food as medicine, healthy fueling for athletics and life, and he shares some great career and business insight and wisdom on building a brand, direct to consumers sales, influencer marketing and more.

Amrita is offering Marni on the Move listeners $10 off for anyone to get started. Use the code JUMPSTART upon checkout at www.amritahealthfods.com

For our athlete listeners, if you would like to be an Anrita Ambassador and are willing to wear Amrita for racing and training, Free Kit + 25% off all year, email us and we can connect you with Arashad.marnionthemove@gmail;com.

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Meghan Asha, FounderMade CEO + Founder: From Running a Business to Running Marathons

Meghan Asha is the Founder and CEO of FounderMade, a discovery platform, conference series, and trade show that helps curate and scale best-in-class consumer brands connecting them with highly sought out retailers, distributors, investors and influencers. Fueled by athleticism, fitness, and running, Meghan and Marni talk about everything from building and running a business to training and running marathons around the globe and everything in between!  They discuss topics from entrepreneurship, career motivation, to race fueling with bars and gels to mainstream wellness trends and more. Read More

Tatiana Boncompagni On The Power of Weight Lifting, Living Your Passion, and Being Strong Inside and Out

Tatiana Boncompagni is the creator of the paradigm-shifting weight-lifting class for women, Sculptologie, and is an NASM certified personal trainer, holistic health coach, wellness and food writer, recipe developer and Athleta brand ambassador. She is also the mother of three, the author of three novels and co-author of two diet and fitness guides, The Model Trainer Method and 28 Days to Strong. Her writing has appeared in dozens of publications, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Marie Claire, Vogue, and InStyle and on websites including Well and Good, Mind Body Green and Self.

On this episode of Marni on the Move, Marni and Tatiana sync up about her super popular class, Sculptologie,  the power and benefits of lifting weights, her approach to food and nutrition, and what is fueling her for success!

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Palma D’Orazio: Food is Love That Nourishes the Soul

For the past three decades, Palma D’Orazio has organically grown her culinary empire encompassing a highly sought after and renowned catering company, a restaurant, cooking classes, and a beautiful event space , all in the heart of NYC’s Greenwich Village. As an early pioneer of photo shoot catering, Palma has cultivated a lifelong clientele of top photographers, models, designers and entertainers. Her beautiful restaurant and townhouse, located on Cornelia Street are home to delicious, farm fresh, organic Italian cuisine. Palma and Marni sync up about where it all began, her core philosophy around food as it nurtures the soul and her love of food and family. Read More