In just about every field, project, endeavour or investment there is a link between input and output. I have made numerous direct and indirect mentions in the past to the idea that your food is not like daily medicine – it is your daily medicine. To break eating from a mindless routine task completed numerous times a day and, instead, connect the needs of your body to what you eat, how much you eat and when you eat is paramount to achieving a body that is free of ailments, illnesses, lethargy and also aesthetically pleasing.
To live by the maxim “health is wealth” and increase self awareness in the dimension of your physical existence through food is simple if you consider that
Please reflect on just that simple thought for 10 seconds right now and before you shop for food, order a meal, or seat yourself at the dining table at home…
Excesses or deficiencies in what you eat or drink can manifest themselves negatively within seconds (please don’t try eating a spoonful of table salt to see what I mean) or years (arteries don’t clog up overnight). The exact dosage we need of each component of this medicine we call our food varies not just by age (growing children need more calcium than adults), gender (menstruating women need more iron than men) and activity levels (gym rats need more carbohydrates than sedentary ones) but, for any given individual like you, also over the course of time. Although to get it perfectly right for those of us who are not professional athletes or body celebrities (is there such a phrase?) is not a top priority, does not mean that it should not be a high priority or even a priority.
What is to come…
In the next few articles to come, I will chat with you specifically about topics such as ‘fine tuning premium fuel intake‘, ‘inclusion and exclusion‘, and ‘what to do about dessert‘. They will help you understand your own body’s needs a little bit better.
A professional nutritionist skilled in their science and a proven track record will be able to give very detailed guidance on what you should eat, when, and how much, but whether you have access to one or not, linking your input to output is always primarily your responsibility.
Dr Purnendu Nath spends his waking hours focusing on helping individuals and organizations reach their goals, to make the world a better place. He speaks, writes and advises on topics such as finance, investment management, discipline, education, self-improvement, exercise, nutrition, health and fitness, leadership and parenting.