How Your Diet Will Influence Your Business Success

After a week of fighting a severe cold and trying to push through tax season, I was reminded of the basics of staying healthy and how that can affect every aspect of your life…especially your business!

Let’s talk about the food you eat and how that has an impact on how you feel, how healthy you are, and finally how productive you end up being throughout your busy day. In turn, this will help you become more successful at your job or in your business. In other words, the topic today is how your diet can influence your business success.

When you think about improving your productivity and your bottom line, cleaning up your diet isn’t usually the first strategy you would consider implementing. The changes that the food we eat make on a day-to-day basis are subtle and easy to miss.

It is a little easier to see when food affects us badly. Think back to the last time you had a big lunch of pasta and felt like taking a nap after your meal. In this case, the food you ate made a big difference in how much you got done that day. Choosing a healthy light lunch would have served you much better. If you are dragging in the afternoons, rather than having an energy drink or more coffee, look at a more wholesome lunch with vegetables.

While the food you eat has small daily effects that will influence your business success, the bigger story is about the long-term effects. Food has a significant impact on your overall health. The full extent of the impact we don’t completely understand yet. But, eating a healthy diet of fresh whole foods supports your immune system and decreases your chances of developing health problems. Anything from heart disease to cancer.

The key is to make healthy eating choices every day to benefit you both in the long and short-term. Of course, that’s easier said than done. It takes time and effort to change your diet and make healthy eating a habit.

Start by becoming aware of what you eat and how that food affects you. A food journal is an excellent tool to help you do that. By becoming aware, you’ll start to make smarter choices. It’s much harder to mindlessly munch on a bag of chips or cookies when you know you’ll have to write it down.

Planning your meals early and having plenty of healthy snacks ready to eat also helps. Making small changes like this will set you up for healthy eating success. It won’t take long to make healthy eating and smart food choices a habit. Keep working on it, and you will start to clean up your diet, reinforce your immune system, and have more energy throughout the day.

Now, these are basics that we have all heard, but they are good reminders. You might consider sharing your food journal with an expert, such as a nutritionist. I work with one (feel free to ask for her information) and she has assisted me in being aware of what I’m eating throughout the day, knowing how many calories I should be consuming, and identifying food intolerances that I didn’t even know I had. I know I’ve said it before: there is value in paying experts that know more than we do!