Episode 45

Fueling Success with Megan Poczekaj

Published on: 21st December, 2023

Amy sits down with entrepreneur and dietician Megan Poczekaj on today’s Performance Mindset Podcast. Megan is a nutrition expert who teaches entrepreneurs and high achievers how to enhance their productivity and performance through proper nutrition. She is also the author of The Optimized Life: A Nutrition Guide for Entrepreneurs and the co-host of the Nutrition Awareness podcast.

In her book, Megan shares her personal journey, which began with extreme dieting during college to maintain a low-calorie intake. Her expertise has been shared in the Orlando Sentinel, Entrepreneur Magazine, and Huffington Post, and she’s also been featured on television and radio programs, sharing her knowledge of diet and nutrition.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  1. Megan Poczekaj’s realization of the importance of nutrition as a high school athlete.
  2. The difference between a dietician and a nutritionist and the requirements a dietician must meet to practice.
  3. What Megan experienced with patients in the hospital who waited too long to see a dietician to change the trajectory of their health.
  4. Her decision to start her own business in 2011 after working in a hospital and how grassroots marketing helped her get off the ground.
  5. The steps Megan took to learn how to coach her clients effectively.
  6. Why nutrition is more about mindset--not the broccoli--and the value in listening to what your body is telling you.
  7. How the way you view self-care and exercise post-kids changes.
  8. Megan’s book, The Optimized Life, and what she hopes her readers will gain from it.
  9. The podcast Megan co-hosts Kait Richardson called Nutrition Awareness.
  10. The most important thing to her success is why a good support system is invaluable.
  11. The lesson Megan learned from her father when he lost his job and started a business to get by.

Connect with Amy Calandrino here:

Beyond Commercial

CREi Summit

Pamela Snook, MD

Arianna Becker, DO

Connect with Megan Poczekaj:

Orlando Dietician website

Nutritional Awareness website




The Optimized Life book

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

Social Media

On today's episode dropping at http://performancemindset.show, Amy sits down with entrepreneur, dietician, author, and podcast host Megan Poczekaj. Megan is a nutrition expert teaching entrepreneurs and high achievers how to enhance their productivity through proper nutrition. Tune in to hear Megan's journey, the importance of mindset in nutrition, and the lessons she learned from her father's entrepreneurial spirit. #PerformanceMindset #Nutrition #Entrepreneurship #MindsetOptimization

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Performance Mindset
Realizing Excellence in Business and Commercial Real Estate
After more than a decade serving business owners and investors, Amy Calandrino and the team at Beyond Commercial has discovered that our most successful clients have a performance mindset driving them to gain a competitive edge over others in the marketplace. Through helping our clients to execute data-driven decisions, we've found that it's about so much more than property in being successful. Often self-limiting beliefs coupled with lack of information can hinder one's performance in business and investments. By having the right support invested in your success and rigorous follow through by the entrepreneur, creating exponential wealth is possible. The objective of the Performance Mindset series is to not only share insights from our most successful entrepreneur clients and other thought leaders, but also share business and commercial real estate trends. If you want to grow, you're tuning into the right show!

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Amy Calandrino

Amy Calandrino, CCIM is the Founding Principal of Beyond Commercial, a Certified Women Business Enterprise (WBE) and Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) certified commercial real estate firm. Amy leads a team of commercial real estate experts who deliver tremendous value to business owners and investors across all asset classes.

Amy’s clientele includes local, regional, national, and international companies in a wide range of industries and numerous private investors and family offices. Her reputation as a fierce, results-driven dealmaker in sales, leasing, and investment transactions helps to achieve her client’s goals through winning bidding wars or otherwise accomplishing what others often cannot.

Currently, Amy is the Immediate Past President of Florida CCIM Chapter's Central District, Immediate Past President of the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce Leadership Winter Park Alumni Council, Representative on the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors, Associate Member of the Manufacturers Association of Central Florida (MACF), and Board Member on Seacoast Bank’s Central Florida Community Board. Amy also supports many community organizations including Valencia College’s Foundation, the Victim Service Center of Central Florida, Easterseals Florida, and Inspire of Central Florida. Since Amy finds fulfillment helping others to achieve success, her philanthropic efforts are focused on organizations aligned with her personal mission.

Amy’s recent accolades include: 2021 “Winter Park Magazine” People to Watch; 2021 “Orlando Business Journal” Women Who Mean Business; 2021 #CREi Top LinkedIn Influencers in Commercial Real Estate; 2020 Orlando Regional REALTORS® Association (ORRA) Young Professional Network “20 Under 40” Rising Star; 2020 Globe St. Real Estate Forum “Fifty Under 40” Commercial Real Estate Professional; 2019 Connect CRE Next Generation Award; 2019 Winter Park Chamber of Commerce Winter Park Champion of the Year nominee; 2019 ORRA Good Neighbor Award Recipient; and 2018 & 2019 Central Florida Association of REALTORS® Circle of Achievement Award.

Amy lives in the Winter Park / Maitland area with her husband Phil who is a well-respected business attorney and CEO of Forward Law Firm, toddler son Giovanni “Gio”, baby daughter Giulietta “Giulie”, and Duke the whippet (@DukeWhippet). Amy enjoys cooking, knitting, traveling, reading, golfing, playing poker, and spending quality time with loved ones. For more information about Amy, visit www.amycalandrino.com