Short Story

Michael was born to create Chunks of Energy. The product is a result of years of experience in business and in food, and one man’s appreciation for independence and creativity. In the 1970s, he left Wall Street and discovered the effects of powerful, healthy food. He spent a few decades working in natural foods businesses, getting more familiar with quality ingredients, and incubating ideas. The first Chunks of Energy were inspired by carob and spirulina and their power. Every Chunk of Energy is made with quality ingredients and a sincere intention that they encourage more creativity and independence in this world. Michael loves to meet people who are curious or inspired about entrepreneurship or food, and many other things! Feel free to contact him.

Long Story

Michael was born to create Chunks of Energy…

 His parents had more small businesses than they had kids, and encouraged him to start his own ventures before he entered high school. (He did, with an innovative paper delivery scheme.) With a knack for making things happen, he decided to develop it by studying business at the University of Illinois. After graduating, he worked on Wall Street. It was there in the heart of the Big Apple that he was first introduced to a new understanding of food. At this time (1970s), there was a growing consciousness of the power of food to connect mind with body, and people with the planet. He witnessed that how what he ate affected how he felt, and noticed that trends in food were controlling people and compromising creativity.These realizations about food influenced his understanding of the role of business and money. Michael left Wall Street so he could work more with the power of food. For nine years, he worked at Bread & Circus (now Whole Foods) buying bulk groceries. During this time, he visited organic farms in California and Arizona to research organic dried fruit, nuts and other bulk snacks so his bulk food department could offer quality products. He also offered classes to over 1000 students (at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education,Tufts School for Women, and the Boston Center for Adult Education) focusing on simple and powerful ingredients and their preparation.With a desire to start a family, and manage his own time and ideas, he moved to the hills of western Massachusetts with his wife, Susan, keeping his eyes open for the right product. Three daughters joined them to grow on a beautiful plot of farmed and forested land. The organic garden still provides most the family’s veggies, and the woods of maple trees provide heat during the New England winters. It was during maple sugar season that the first Chunks of Energy were born, inspired by the power of spirulina and carob.

Twenty years later, Michael’s grandchildren care testing the newest flavors of Chunks of Energy, and he is still creating the life he was meant to live. Every day he is grateful for this opportunity to live his passion for good food and entrepreneurship. As a father, he has passed along his knowledge about the power of food. As an active member (and past president) of the Shelburne Falls Business Association, he works hard to support local businesses. He loves to share his thoughts, and hear stories and questions from people, so feel free to contact him about food, entrepreneurship, or anything else that you think would strike his fancy. If he doesn’t answer right away, it is because he is kayaking, hiking, or out in the garden.

On October 12, 2011, which happens to be his granddaughter Eleni’s birthday, Michael was interviewed by the local radio station and shares the story of the business, advice for entrepreneurs, and more. You can listen with WHMP On the Money’s player (opens in a new window) or find the interview on WHMP On the Money’s homepage.

Michael’s Menu

Many wonder what he eats…

…this is part of it!

I start the day with a cleansing drink of

  • 1 tsp organic lemon juice
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper powder
  • a cup of water

I follow this by a superpower antioxidant drink, with all organic ingredients:

  • 1 tsp organic Supergreen mix
  • 1/8 tsp organic kelp powder
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/8 tsp clover
  • 1/8 tsp caraway seed powder
  • 1/8 tp cumin
  • 1/8 tsp rosemary powder
  • 1  tsp flax oil
  • 4 oz organic tomato juice
  • 4 oz water
  • 1/8 tsp organic acai powder

As the morning progresses, I sip on kombucha, which I make every 10 days from a culture that my daughter’s friend gave her. (If you live near me and want to pick up a culture,, let me know!)

Six months of the year, I start my day by working in my garden, where I have a handful of red clover, fresh dandelion leaves and a few sprigs of oregano on my way there. A few hours later: I make my super smoothies with the following, all of which are organic:

  • a couple of handfuls of blueberries (homegrown and frozen)
  • a handful of strawberries (homegrown and frozen)
  • a handful of raspberries (homegrown and frozen)
  • 1 banana
  • ½ an organic apple
  • a generous dash of ground cinnamon
  • a generous dash of acai powder
  • a generous dash of nettle powder
  • a generous dash of raw cacao powder
  • a generous dash of maca powder
  • a dash of Supergreen mix
  • a drop of flaxseed oil
  • a drip of noni juice
  • grape juice or water– enough to blend it

For a snack, I have a handful of organic goji berries, a teaspoon of bee pollen and a handful of organic raw chocolate nibs.

I also have a green tea blend I make with chamomile, anise, cloves, and caraway.

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