Whether you want the most out of your career in sports, business, or as a busy mother, you should consider how the food you eat can help you — or keep you from achieving your goals.
Being good at whatever we set out to do is enjoyable, wouldn’t you agree? Not only is it enjoyable, but — if your goal is to succeed at business — it can be far more lucrative if you have the energy to be a little bit better than your competition.
For a busy mom, having the energy and mental clarity to deal creatively with the new challenges your kids present you can make the difference between having fun and suffering through a stressful day.
Unfortunately, the diet of fast foods, processed foods, and snacks that many of us eat is not helping us achieve the success we want in life. We just don’t feel up to it. When you study the ingredients purposely put in these foods, as I have, you will find why they are not conducive to making us feel our best.
One thing you need to understand about our modern food: In most cases, it is designed by food chemists to make you want to eat more of it. It is not designed and formulated to make you feel, look, and perform your best.
Most processed foods have an agenda of their own. The ingredients are chosen to make sure “you can’t eat just one”.
If you want success in weight loss or business, household management or academic pursuits, you will not get much help from any of the common processed foods that are found in grocery stores and restaurants. Those foods are created with flavor, long shelf-life, and sale-ability in mind. They are generally inappropriate if you want optimum performance from your body.
This is also true of the majority of weight loss products (like SlimFast, for example) and most popular vitamin-mineral preparations. They are designed to make money for the manufacturers, not to produce optimum health results for you.
How Do I Know This?
I will admit to being more sensitive than most people to the effects of what I eat on my mood and performance, but this has led me to discovering information that will be useful to everyone reading this.
Did you ever wonder why you feel sleepy after some meals and not after others? Do you have a problem with gaining weight, even though you try to keep to a reasonable diet? These are common examples of how familiar foods — and their hidden ingredients — may be sabotaging your success in obtaining your goals, whatever they may be.
I learned the most about high performance eating when I lived on the edge of a U.S. National Forest. To stay in shape, I used to take long bike rides on roads and trails through the big trees. Sometimes I went with friends and other times I went alone.
One thing you learn pretty quickly when you take up any challenging outdoor activity is how to eat so you avoid the dangerous and unpleasant thing called “bonking“.
It only takes one or two “bonks” to convince the average person to eat more carefully, both before and during a long bike ride into the big, dark woods. Bonking, if you’re not familiar with the term, is when you exhaust all your supplies of glycogen in your body and you, essentially, run completely out of energy.
Science Can Tell Us Much About The Optimum Foods for Human Nutrition
Without sufficient blood sugar, not only does your body become incapable of going on, but your mind loses its ability to think clearly. In the back country, a long way from your home and food supplies, this can be very dangerous. There are, after all, wild animals that would like to make a meal out of you if you’re still there after dark. (Think mountain lions, for example.)
My point here, is to show you that — if you want to excel in any area of life — you need to learn and apply the principles of high performance nutrition. When it is “crunch time” and you must perform your best, fueling your mind on donuts and coffee is a poor substitute for real nutrition.
Your body is your vehicle for your success in life. If you want sustained success in any field, you need to fuel your vehicle to win the race, not just “fill the tank” with whatever is at hand.
The way that most of your competitors eat is setting them up for failure, both now and in the future. If you are eating like they are, you are losing your competitive edge.
Sadly, Many of Us Have Given Up On Being Our Best
If you are one of those rare individuals who wants more out of life, you need to learn how to eat in ways that will give you the healthy edge.
Whether we realize it or not, we all are still living in a competitive “jungle”. Make one or two small mistakes, due to unclear or lazy thinking, and you become lunch for a competitor!
What most people don’t realize is that the massive corporations that compete for our food budget are a new class of predators in the jungle of modern life. They are out to capture market share, not help us be our best performance-wise. Those we entrust our food preparation to are, in many cases, keeping us from being our best — and they don’t care if their foods are making us fat, sick, and old before our time.
If you doubt this, just look around and notice the high rates of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and early death that otherwise intelligent people are suffering. You can do better if you eat better.
If you want to be a high-output achiever — at any age — don’t settle for less than high performance nutrition.