Published: Mar 13, 2023
by Small Business Radio Show
In Small Business News
People are always emphasizing exercise as a key to staying healthy while building a small business. On a daily basis, I have always believed, as one of my trainers always said, “motion is lotion”. But you also need to realize that what you feed your body is equally as important as the amount of exercise (and sleep) you get.
On The Small Business Radio Show this week, I talked with Mary Beth Albright who is a food expert with broad experience, from food attorney to finalist on Food Network Star, where she competed on Iron Chef America. Her passion for good food grew from her mentor, the legendary Surgeon General C. Everett Koop. After 15 years of working with Dr. Koop on health and food issues, and attending Georgetown Law School, Mary Beth advised on food systems and managed a White House initiative in this area. She is the author of her new book on this area, “Eat and Flourish: How Food Supports Emotional Well-Being”.
This is what I discussed with Mary Beth in my interview:
- How certain foods help reduce the inflammation that can harm your mental health and hurt the energy you need to run a successful business.
- The critical relationship between the microbiome (which is the collection of all microbes like bacteria, fungi, viruses, and their genes, that naturally live on our bodies) and the brain.
- Which vitamins help restore the body during intensely emotional times that many of us experience every day at our small businesses.
- How to start, develop and permanently change to a healthful daily eating pattern. Mary Beth reviews a 30-day kickoff plan that can get you started and be able to sustain.
Listen to the entire episode with Mary Beth on what you need to eat to be successful in your small business and your life.
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Maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle is key to achieving success in business. What you eat has a major impact on your productivity, energy levels and overall success. By fueling your body with the right foods, you can ensure you’re in the best shape to take on the daily challenges of running a business.
Speaking from a performance standpoint, what you eat directly affects your energy levels and cognitive function. Processed foods with high amounts of sugar and saturated fats can provide you with a temporary energy boost, eventually leading to fatigue, irritability and fuzzy thinking. On the other hand, eating a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains can prime your body and mind for optimal performance. If you make healthy eating a priority, you won’t have to worry about the mid-afternoon slump or sleep disturbances.
The physical aspects of a good diet are obvious, but there are also numerous mental benefits. Eating well helps to boost your alertness, concentration, creativity and problem-solving abilities – all important traits that can help you to become a better leader. Research has also suggested that an improved diet can even enhance your emotional agility, meaning you are more equipped to deal with adversity both in and outside of business.
The reality is, you don’t have to sacrifice taste in order to fuel your success. Replacing processed and sugary foods with healthy alternatives such as oily fish, beans and legumes, nuts, eggs and plenty of colourful fruit and vegetables provides your body with the nutrients it needs to function at its top level. Eating healthy food also helps to reduce stress levels and the risk of health-related problems in the future such as heart disease and diabetes.
What you eat has a major influence on your overall success in business and life. By fueling your body with the right foods and staying consistent with your diet, you can create an environment in which sustained success comes naturally. Taking the time to understand what constitutes a healthy diet and incorporating these meals into your daily routine will generate positive results both physically and mentally. Making healthy eating a priority will not only benefit your business but your overall life as well.