Lake Nona recently staged the Impact
Forum, a gathering of thought leaders in the
topics of medicine and wellness, including
Chopra, who presented two sessions: The
Future of Well-Being and the Internet of
Well-Being. Guests of the conference and
residents of Lake Nona were also treated to
an outdoor guided meditation by Chopra,
and he announced a customized Lake Nona
version of his popular well-being platform,
Jiyo. The app is a personalized companion
that encourages lifestyle modification
and offers expert insights on topics such
as exercise, nutrition, sleep and stress. It
has intuitive technology to analyze users’
behavior and make healthy suggestions.
Center of Attention
Meanwhile, Chopra’s trademark brand of
wellness can be customized for corporate
groups at The Chopra Center at Omni La
Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif.
The renowned center is dedicated to
increasing awareness and education of the
traditions of meditation, Ayurveda and
yoga to improve the health and well-being
of body, mind and spirit.
Its customized approach to supporting
corporate groups is what makes the
programs unique, according to Chopra.
The Chopra Center designs programs and
education specific to the needs of each
workplace and organization, incorporating
meditation, yoga and other mind-body
balancing techniques. Teams and groups
can also be easily integrated into the larger
live events, such as Weekend Within and
Journey Into Healing.
“Participants have reported decreased
stress and anxiety and increased creativity,
self-awareness, productivity and mental
strength and focus,” Chopra said.
Additionally, a recent study done at
The Chopra Center suggests that regular
meditation offers the same health benefits
of taking a vacation, known as the “vacation
effect”—increased feelings of relaxation and
well-being, a meaningful lift in mood and
decreased levels of stress, with long-term
That would make anyone, meeting planners and attendees included, smile from
ear to ear, which leads Chopra to another
important point of well-being.
“Joy is our natural state, and the experience of laughter is biologically very good
for you,” he said. “You secrete a lot of
oxytocin and dopamine, and these are
not only molecules that create euphoria,
but they also modulate and fine-tune the
We can probably all “om” to that.
Q&A with Norema Salinas
Betty Zlatchin Catering, San Francisco • www.bettyzlatchin.com
Cuisine is one of the most important
aspects of a smartly
focused on well-being. We sat down
of Betty Zlatchin
Catering to get
her top suggestions
for planners when it
comes to bringing wellness and creativity to the table.
good example is vegan grain bowls. You can do ethnic versions, such as Indonesian or Mediterranean,
and they must have fresh and natural ingredients. It’s
great to do them with quinoa, which is gluten-free,
high in protein and one of the few plant foods that
contain all nine essential amino acids. It’s also high
in fiber, magnesium, B vitamins, iron, potassium,
calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E and various beneficial antioxidants. It sustains your energy.
Can you give us
examples of other
dishes your company
What are three of the best ways to incorporate
wellness into an event from a culinary standpoint?
First, you want to ideally make sure the caterer/
chef uses products that are locally sourced, organic
and sustainable, and makes everything from
scratch. Using ingredients that are in season is also
important—for example, corn and tomatoes in the
summer, winter squash and halibut and crab when
it’s in season where the event is being held.
We make bacon out
of king trumpet mushrooms, so it tastes
like bacon but they’re
vegan and gluten-free.
We cut them thinly
and bake them with
organic light brown
sugar, smoked paprika
and other ingredients.
Second, since people have so many dietary
restrictions and preferences nowadays, always
have a vegan, gluten-free option and a vegetarian,
gluten-free option. Completely gluten-free menus
are actually really good and very healthy. Displaying
food labels with all of the ingredients alongside each
dish is also essential. On the beverage side, the
cocktail menu should have interesting and healthy
such as a cucumber
thyme lemonade or
a ginger lemongrass
iced herbal tea.
We use them in dishes such as our delicious Deconstructed Corn Chowder
Salad, which has white corn, cherry tomatoes, lettuce,
fingerling potatoes, mushroom bacon, thyme, lemon
vinaigrette and vegan mayo.
Another really interesting one is our Mushroom
Candy. It is glazed in tamari, which is gluten-free,
and we serve it on a vegan rice crisp.
quinoa salad or cashew cheese and vegan tapenade.
SWISS CHARD BEGGAR’S PURSE
We do a fun hors d’oeuvre called the Swiss Chard
Beggar’s Purse, which is Swiss chard filled with ricotta, pine nuts and tapenade, or a vegan option with
Above all, healthy,
and snacks are advisable to have your
You want to provide
food that gives them
healthy energy. For
example, we do
bars that are vegan
and gluten-free, with
natural sugars (agave
or dates). Another
For hors d’oeuvres, I always have a vegetarian and
a vegan gluten-free option, as well as a meat and
a fish. But since so many people are gluten-free,
we’ve done seared beef on a Parmesan crisp with a
little aioli, which doesn’t have gluten.
Do you have any other tips you’d like to share?
I think the wellness aspect also extends to the
environment, so using eco-friendly Leafware at
events is great. We’ve done dishes like short rib over
polenta on Leafware, which you put in the compost
afterward. Imagine the amount of water saved by
not washing dishes for an event of 1,000 people.
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