Zach talks about acting based on mindest, becoming vegan, and how his health makes him happy.
Zach is the CEO and co-founder of Viral Ideas Marketing
- Zach Medina is the CEO and Co-founder of Viral Ideas. He is super focused on Viral Ideas, and he is very happy to share anything related to the business.
- His own health makes Zach happy. He has ulcerative colitis and he was in the hospital a few months ago and realized that if you don’t have your health in check, nothing else matters.
- He wasn’t always aware of this perspective—we don’t truly realize how important health is until it goes. He’s looked as his photos on social media when he used to eat crazy things, and now wonders what was he thinking.
- Zach believes in turning things for the positive. When he was in the hospital this summer, he did some reading on food and he believes that while ulcerative colitis is an autoimmune issue, food makes a difference. He has gone vegan since, and has turned to positive thinking, meditation, and yoga.
- Starting a two-person business, you realize that it’s just you and your partner. When you have your health in check, you realize that you work better. He also looks at what he can do, rather than consider his health an obstacle.
- A lot of people look at vegan eating as restrictive—what do you mean you can’t have a cheese burger? Instead, Zach thinks of all the options out there and how many possibilities we have beyond what we are accustomed to.
- Looking back, Zach is able to look at the signs that pointed to the ulcerative colitis brewing but at the time it was dismissed. He wouldn’t make the connection between the triggers and the symptoms until he was diagnosed and doctors would tell him that he couldn’t eat for two or three days because it was that bad.
- Sometimes life is more than what we perceive; while Zach would love to have a cheeseburger, but he realizes that his health is more important than any of that.
- Ulcerative colitis is a hidden disease; you can look at the person and not know that anything is happening. People think that everything is fine and can’t see the effects or pain behind the disease because on the outside the person looks fine.
- As a vegan, Zach decided it’s not his role to preach or try to convert people. He’ll talk about it, but it’s the other person’s to see the lifestyle and decide if they want to join. He remembers how a few years ago he would probably feel the opposition, so he tries to not do the same to others.
- People think that vegans will limit where everyone can eat, but vegans have to do so much research for finding good food, so you know that they will find good food.
- Zach looks forward to his smoothies every morning—but not the sugary kind, he’s been watching his sugar intake on top of being vegan. His favorite is an avocado, banana, piles of kale, orange juice, and Green Vibrance, and he loves it! He could live off of smoothies every single day—and he often does.
- The one thing Zach misses is the Trader Joe’s creamy ice cream (ice cream in general). Not living in the city limits his options for vegan restaurants; he has a couple of options around work. This makes it hard, especially when he’s working hard and late, so meal prep is very important.
- Zach doesn’t look back at anything and thinks, “how did I do that!”. He believes life is a big experience, and we make decisions based on our mindset. As you grow, your mindset changes and you realize what’s really important in life and what makes you happy.
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