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Last night I attended a special movie screening of the documentary, “Food Matters“. Here’s the trailer –
The gist of the film is that our medical system at the moment is not good at dealing with diseases. We focus on symptoms rather than the root cause of the problem and – here’s the big deal – doctors rarely consider nutrition as a cure or preventative solution, instead it’s all about cutting things out, or radiation treatments and drug therapies after the fact.
The drug companies like this because they can sell more product. If you have a culture like ours, which tends to react to problems only after they occur and then treat them using drugs, you have a formula for a billion dollar industry. We tend to think about popping a pill when something is wrong, rather than eating good food to stay healthy.
Food Matters looks at nutrition – the food we eat – as the best prevention and cure for health issues. It’s ridiculous how much sense this makes, yet people don’t follow the advice.
You might think the answer to the question in the heading above is marketing, or customer service or a superior product, but for every business in existence today, the key ingredient is people. If you don’t have healthy functioning people, then your business is not going to thrive.
In the home business, solo entrepreneur and professional blogging world, it matters even more because you work independently as the main cog that keeps the business going. If you can’t work, you can’t earn a living.
The message in Food Matters is a simple one: Eat organic foods, if you can – eat raw foods, and add superfoods to your diet too. Look to food as the best prevention and even the cure to any ailments you suffer from.
I’m not saying take on board the ideas in the movie as fact, you can make your own mind up, but the core message – you are what you eat – is just so obvious, yet it needs to be stated. Even those of us with the best intentions have trouble sticking to healthy eating all the time.
Back in 2006 I wrote – 6 Tips To Reduce Your Stress – and the tips there are still really important in my life.
These are some of the key ingredients for a pleasurable existence taken from the headings in that article –
I eat organic food. I do Yoga. I go for bike rides and rollerblade. I love to get at least 8 hours of sleep and I feel awful if I don’t.
Lately because of the people I associate with (quite a few vegetarian healthy people) and education from documentaries like Food Matters and people like Tony Robbins (though as a third party – I’ve yet to attend a Tony Robbins event) and of course, the ever present Steve Pavlina, I see vegetarianism as something to strive for (I’ve cut red meat out like beef and lamb, next is white meat like chicken and pork).
All of this is not easy to stick to and takes discipline, but it results in a productive work day and thus, benefits my business too.
There was a funny comment in Food Matters about how people today use their money to buy cars, houses and other material objects, yet eat crappy food because they are so cash-strapped paying off loans to pay for all these things.
Sadly, if you neglect your own body, you won’t live long enough to pay off the mortgage, or you will be selling the house for your medical bills. There’s definitely a need to re-adjust priorities.
What’s the point of working yourself so hard that you’re unwell by the time you achieve anything? It’s a lot smarter to invest your financial success first into your lifestyle. How you live and what eat must come before anything else.
The problem, as always, is that people don’t see a correlation between eating healthy today and not getting sick tomorrow. They eat badly, don’t feel 100%, but get by, maybe popping a pill to deal with some ailment. Do this long enough and eventually you get a major breakdown.
Stress is an issue too, hence that last point in my list above about Balance is very important. If you don’t take the time to become aware of your bad habits and force change, it might take something more uncomfortable for you to finally take notice. Prevention is always better than fixing something you broke.
One of the key determinants for success with your business is your ability to work consistently and productively. The time you spend working should be purposeful, efficient, concentrated and focused. You enjoy leveraged outcomes from short bursts of high-return activities.
In order for you to be able to do this you have to be healthy. You need to be able to think straight. Your body can’t be slowing you down with aches and pains or energy deficient by the time the afternoon roles around.
You don’t have to be perfect, but you have to make smarts decisions when in a position to do so. Starting with what you eat is the easiest place to make adjustment. Followed by how you work and how often you exercise.
Take a look at your day. What do you eat? How often do you eat? How long do you work? What do you work on? When do you exercise and how often? Do you take time to relax? Are you prioritizing material possessions over healthy eating and living?
Sadly a lot of people working online are driven by a mad-scramble to accumulate as much wealth as possible, because they are addicted to the short adrenaline rush that comes from making money or achieving a goal. Buying a car or house is a fine motivator, but it should not push you to the point of sacrificing your body so you can get to these goals faster.
If you feel a little out of balance, start by watching Food Matters (it’s $5 to watch online) and then stop for a minute today or tomorrow and take a look at your behavior, in particular what you eat. It’s never too late to slow down and adjust priorities.