Several years ago, I worked with two brothers that seemed to have everything going for them. They were highly intelligent, disciplined, fit, and shrewd with their finances.
The older brother worked in the IT department and lived in my neighborhood. As I got to know him one of the things that stood out was how disciplined he was with his diet. Daily he watched simple sugars, simple carbs, and poultry/beef intake while eating small meals every few hours.
He was known within the corporation as a machine. Highly functional and efficient as he went through the day. At the time, I just chalked it up as him being gifted intellectually.
Several years later, it dawned on me that his diet played a major role in his performance. It is easy to underestimate how much what we eat dictates how we face and maximize efficiency throughout the day.
Last year, I made the decision to become a pescatarian after my wife had been one for some time. As a typical man trying to maintain muscle, I thought how will I ever get enough protein? Really, it is a vegetarian diet with the occasional addition of fish to mix it up. Over time, what I learned was vegetarian meals are complex and nutrient dense if done right. It takes patience and you have to cook, but the payoff has been worth the effort.
As a result, I have noticed a marked increase in energy, focus, and general outlook as I go through each day.
In addition, it just feels right. After some research, I learned emissions put off by animals are worse than vehicles. “Livestock emissions make up between 14.5 and 18 percent of total global emissions.” (Cormier)
I don’t know why it took me so long to realize the saying you are what you eat is critical to maintaining high energy levels and productivity in the workplace. Instead, I kept thinking the next supplement would achieve it.
To feel this good as we go through the day almost seemed criminal. 🙂
The next time you struggle to focus and drive results in the workday start with the root of everything and adjust what you eat and when you eat it. You’ll be amazed at the results in no time and so will others.
Cormier, Jordyn. Which Is Worse For the Planet: Beef or Cars? http://www.ecowatch.com.