Here's the thing. Regular healthy eating habits have proven effects for combating disease, increasing life expectancy and, more importantly, increasing your energy, improving your mood and reducing your sick days.
I ask you therefore what busy entrepreneur has time for sick days and generally pissy moods when trying to lead a company toward success?
Because what we eat has a dramatic effect on how we feel and act, creating healthy eating habits should be as important an aspect of your personal strategy as marketing is to your business strategy. Here are four tips to get you started on the road to healthy eating and business success.
1. Understand your needs.
What you need to eat in terms of nutrition and calories depends greatly on your age, gender and physical size. Take some time to understand your physical needs by reading blogs or subscribing to health magazines. If you have the budget, consider speaking with a dietician or nutritionist, who can provide you with a personal analysis and nutrition plan tailored to you.
2. Make a schedule.
Research continues to show that eating as many as six small meals throughout the day, instead of two or three, helps keep your metabolism burning and energy level high as the day progresses. Set reminders on your phone to notify you when it's time to grab a quick healthy snack, have a glass of water or take a brisk walk around the office.
3. Create a strategy.
To get on a healthy eating path, you need to make a healthy eating map. Start by writing down your vision ("Not to fall asleep during afternoon management meetings"), your goals ("Fit into my clothes") and actionable to-do lists ("Fix meals for the week on Sunday night").
Make a list of the foods you should eat and those you should avoid. Start with a simple list of high energy foods, then add as you do more research and find what works for you.
4. Record your progress.
As you do with promoting successes in your business, it is important for you to recognize your health achievements. You can also connect with friends who can give you words of encouragement.
I admit that the road to business success does not necessarily depend on healthy eating. Warren Buffett, after all, claims to eat like a 6 year old and be one-quarter Diet Coke. I would argue, however, that the road to business success can be far more enjoyable and effective if you were mentally and physically not burdened with the terrible health effects of a bad diet. And, as in business, a well thought-out strategy can help you achieve this.
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