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||How many times a day do you make choices about what to eat? Take a quick guess — is it 3, 5, 10? Consider there’s breakfast, lunch and dinner, maybe a few snacks in between. Surprisingly, scientists say that each of us makes more than 200 choices about our food every day!
Most of us busy entrepreneurs and professionals are perpetually running from meeting to meeting, phone call to phone call, and text to text. Our bodies have been conditioned to stay in a state of constant distraction and decision fatigue, especially when it comes to deciding when and what to eat.
Just like you, I was “in the grind.” I was constantly busy, and I put my health and success at odds with each other. As the owner of multiple businesses and in the name of needing to stay productive,
My misguided mantra was that to be ultra-successful, I had to work harder than ever before, sacrifice more than ever before, and put my nose to the grindstone. What I didn’t realize then is that my productivity, focus, and performance were dying from these negative inputs.
I became someone who considered lunch to be a midday burden. In fact, I proudly nicknamed lunch the “productivity thief” because it stole at least an hour of potential work time. So every day I was faced with two choices: skip lunch or find something fast. I’d often turn into the "hangry" guy, and I was ignoring everything my body was reporting to me. For two years, I even avoided looking at my body in the mirror when I changed my clothes.
But eventually all that grinding led me to what I now call “the SOS message.” My primary care doctor reported that for a 32-year-old guy, my labs were like someone who is poorly aging in their 50’s. I was in trouble.
As a pharmacist, I should’ve known better. I was filling hundreds of prescriptions for other people every day, for preventable, life-shortening chronic diseases like acid reflux, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. I needed to make a serious change in my health and lifestyle, but where would I start?
So I did what anyone else facing a health crisis would do: I started Googling! I found tips on how to eat healthier. I soaked in all the marketing health-food jargon I could, and then I asked Siri to find m the nearest specialty health-food store.
I grabbed everything gluten-free, lowfat, and organic that I could find, filling two carts to the brim with groceries. I purged everything “unhealthy” from my kitchen at home and at work. And after a while, I looked in the mirror and still saw my gut, and I didn’t feel any better. In fact, I gained 3 pounds — and I was hungrier than ever!
I became like most people in America, overfed but undernourished. At that point I decided to go beyond Google and for months, I conducted serious research, interviewed top experts, and conducted lots of self-experimentation and analysis.
I discovered that food and what we choose to put into our bodies is more than just calories. Food is an information code commanding our body to give us predictable results. Our food input determines our daily performance output — controlling our energy, productivity, focus, genetics, hormones, immunity and longevity.
I also found that consuming adequate amounts of protein at regular intervals during the day will keep us operating at our best. For our bodies, protein can help us build tissue and muscles, support neurological function, aid in digestion, and boost metabolism. For our brains, protein can improve our productivity, focus, mental clarity, concentration, and keep our mood upbeat.
- I didn't give much consideration to the quality of my food.
- I ate fast food and skipped meals.
- I’d force myself to complete projects.
- I consumed caffeine, energy drinks, sugary pick-me-ups, and just about anything to keep my brain grinding away and burning the midnight oil.