In today’s celebrated culture of entrepreneurship and business ventures, working hard is a sure recipe for success but, at the same time, it is also the underlying cause of fatigue, stress, and poor dietary habits. And while some entrepreneurs have learned the hard way, at some point in their careers, that productivity also means a healthy mind in a healthy body, most business focused people still struggle to find balance and to maintain a health conscious routine.
Healthy Breakfast Equals Great Day
In 2013, research conducted by epidemiologist Mark Pereira of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health (source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/08/25/breakfast-weight-control/13086279/) showed that people who ate breakfast every day, for long periods of time, considerably lowered their risk of gaining weight or developing health conditions such as Diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. So, if you’ve been skipping your morning meals lately, it’s time to reconsider your choices and give breakfast a fair shot.
Suggestions: High protein meals like unsweetened cereals, omelets or scrambled eggs with veggies and low fat cheese are guaranteed to give you enough energy to power start your day while keeping you healthy and in great shape.
Got Juice to Power Up Your Energy Levels?
And the right answer should be “Yes!”: fresh juices, especially smoothies that contain dark greens and vitamins rich ingredients such as Acai, Spirulina, Goji berries or Chia seeds are a great addition to your diet as they boost the immune system, help your body fight the effects of stress and keep you hydrated and fresh.
Bonus benefits: anti-aging effects, improved memory and stronger bones.
Start Being Nuts about Business
No time to eat is no longer an excuse for a bad eating routine. Loaded with Omega 3 and vitamins, nuts, especially walnuts, Cajun, almonds, pistachios have all been shown to be very effective in stress reduction, weight maintenance and cholesterol control.
Hint: They are also considered brain food as they contain high amounts of vitamin E.
When Everything Else Fails, Grab a Salad…
Tempted to eat heavy meals at late hours? Craving for comfort food? Make a habit from replacing hard to digest meals with salads and you’ll see a big difference in no time. Apart from the fact that raw fruits and vegetables are the best way to give your body much needed antioxidants and vitamins, the overall effects are amazing: improved brain function and focus, stronger immune system and high energy levels.
Or Give Gluten Free Diets a Chance
Initially considered a hype, the gluten free diet has been shown to have numerous health benefits, improving digestive functions, lowering cholesterol and aiding weight loss. What is gluten, you may ask? A type of protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Eliminating gluten from your diet implies cutting down the carbohydrate intake which means better weight management and more energy.
Did you know that carbs make you sleepy? If your version of a healthy snack was a doughnut and a coffee, well, sorry to disappoint you but there are far better and tastier options available at your favorite restaurant or grocery store.
All these diet tweaks will not only improve your tonus and your overall wellbeing but will also help you discover new flavors, develop a more positive mindset and perhaps even make more time for yourself. Mens sana in corpore sano (Latin quote meaning “healthy mind in healthy body”) may be the best business advice, after all!