Survivor winner, Motivational Speaker, Non-profit Co-founder, Children's Book Author
Most recently in: Israel & Burning Man, Nevada
The one snack you can always find in my carry on is: If I'm on a health kick, which I usually am, I always have a SoyJoy bar within reach. If Im feeling salty, probably a bag of Almonds or PopChips.
Tell us your in-flight rituals: Funny, I'm writing this as I sit, jammed into a middle seat on Delta heading west. I will always pick up The NY Post, it's my guilty pleasure and fast food news. Once on board, I ALWAYS wipe down the seats, hand rest and tray table with a antibacterial wipe. I may look like a freak, but it's a small task to stay healthy. I read tabloid magazines, work on my next great invention, nap, catch up on emails, drink a cranberry juice and most importantly get up and walk around to stretch every 45 minutes.
How do you conquer jet lag once you've arrived? A 15 minute nap or meditation coupled with a quick workout. I force myself to stay up until at least 10pm local time. That usually works.
Describes your workout on the road style? I always travel with running shoes, resistance bands and a Garmen GPS watch. One of my favorite things to do in a new city/town is to literally get lost. Go for a jog and find fun places to stop and do squats, push-ups, lunges, stairs, core...full body workout in 45 minutes. And you get to scout out the cool bars and restaurants to binge on later that night! I'm also obsessed with Pilates. Since my latest fight with cancer, classes with NYC instructor Annie Venier have whipped me back into shape and I was able to run the NYC and Boston marathons.
How do you keep sickness at bay? Exercise, wash hands, beer, naps and I never eat street food and kiss strangers on the same day.
What's your 'go-to' restaurant item? Giant green salad with tons of veggies - dressing on side. Then a piece of grilled salmon with lemon with an unsweetened iced tea. Nailed It!!
What do you do to stay grounded? Luckily I have an incredible family. Plus, my two older brothers make sure my head and JewFro do not inflate too much. I also do as much charity and philanthropic work as possible. My charity, Grassroot Soccer as well as a bunch of cancer organizations keep me busy. I feel that if you focus some attention on the plight of others, it keeps you grounded and makes you feel whole.
What is your preferred method of staying connected with loved ones? I'm not a big phone talker. I like seeing people in person, that's why I love Skype and FaceTime.
About Ethan: Continuing his world travels for his work, Ethan is excited use his Soccer World children's book series to help inspire kids to do the same. You can follow Ethan and his amazing work on the road viaTwitter, Facebook and this Grassroot Soccer website.