Eat well – Perform well
A number of years ago I attended a weeklong live-in development programme. As a mandatory element of the programme we adhered to a Pritikin eating plan. This focuses on healthy whole foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, and fish. It is naturally low in total fat and sodium, and rich in unprocessed carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, beneficial phytochemicals, antioxidants and dietary fiber, and it has adequate amounts of protein and essential fatty acids. In addition we agreed to no alcohol, caffeine and refined sugar.
OMG!!! How did you survive that?
It was easy. After a couple of days we were so alive, so energized, awake and present to fully participate in the days activities. Needing far less sleep than back in our normal home/work environments.
I learned two key things:
- Eating well and taking good care of my health is the foundation for success in my life and career. Healthy me – healthy career.
- If I have important matters to complete at work, or in life, eating sensibly will ensure I have the energy and enthusiasm to get them done. Just manage myself well and the outcomes will be good.
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It was an article about gut bacteria in Mondays DominionPost that reminded me of the course experience. The essence of the article was two-fold.
- A guinea pig dieter killed off one third of his good gut bacteria by living solely on McDonald’s burgers, chicken nuggets, chips and coke for 10 days.
- Changes in our gut microbe community are likely to be responsible for much of our obesity epidemic, and consequences like diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
There is increasing evidence that a healthy gut is linked to a strong immune system, and good health and wellbeing. It’s not rocket science. To optimise your health and wellbeing, optimise your gut bacteria. Put good food into mouth.
I challenge you – Try it for 2 weeks.