Is Your Diet Affecting your Mindset?

One of the important aspects of mindset that people often overlook is what you are putting into your body.  Everything that you eat and drink creates a reaction inside of you so this is something that you need to be aware of.

Eating the wrong types of food can drag your energy levels down, demotivate you and lead you to getting less work done.  Your diet can be the difference between you getting the business you need to be successful or missing out because you were too tired.

Is Fat The Enemy?

eating-right-increases-peak-performanceFor years we have been told that eating fats will make you fat.  If you look at it from a simple viewpoint, adding more of one thing will lead to more of that thing.  This is how the idea that fats make you fat started.  A junior researcher went to the government and told them that eating fat is what makes people fat.  They looked at it from that same viewpoint and hadn’t done any studies themselves so accepted this as fact and set out to get the public to eat less fat.

Yet the really crazy thing is that the guy who started all of this hadn’t done any work with people who were obese or for weight loss.  The politicians got a dose of white coat syndrome and just took it as fact.  Scientists also took a long time to start looking at whether this was true but by the time they realised that it wasn’t true it was too late.  The public had been thoroughly convinced that they needed to eat less fat and the majority of people still believe this today.

Eating good fats is actually really good for you.  By good fats I’m talking about natural oils that don’t come from grains.  No sunflower, rapeseed or canola oil.  You need to be looking at coconut oil, olive oil and butter.  Yes, I said butter and not margarine.  Here’s why you should never eat margarine again.

Margarine was invented for turkey farms to help them to fatten up their turkeys to increase profits.  Millions were spent on creating this product but when they used it, the turkeys didn’t get any bigger.  The experiment was deemed a failure until someone came up with the idea to add colouring to it that made it look like butter and market it to people as a low fat alternative to butter.  Lower fat means healthier right?  Even if margarine has many of the same chemical attributes to paint and is only one step away from being plastic.  If you eat margarine you are effectively putting plastic in your body.  Think about that the next time you see it on the shelf.

You also need to be eating healthy fats such as avocados, full fat meats along with lots of green vegetables.  The more of this that you do, the higher your energy levels will be and the more full you will feel.  You also need to make sure that you only eat a sensible amount as well.  If you are eating until you are bloated then the blood that should be in your brain will have to rush to your stomach and slow down your thinking.  This is all about getting your mind working right remember.

Why Carbs Are Bad For Your Mindset

diet-affecting-salesCarbohydrates (not just sugars) also need to be kept to a minimum.  When you take in carbohydrates of any kind, they are converted to glucose to be used as a fast burning energy.  Pasta, rice and potatoes all become sugar so you need to keep that in mind.  The green vegetables and cauliflower are the lowest in carbohydrates generally so eat more of them and keep fruits to a minimum.  The only time that you really need carbohydrates is either just before or just after a large use of energy such as running fast or a hard gym session.  This is the only time that your body will burn those sugars while the  rest of the time they will just turn into fat as they are not being used.

If you are sitting at your desk and you feel hungry you are going to get more benefit from eating something that is high in good fats than you are eating carbohydrates.  Remember that sugars may give you a high but that high is always followed by a crash.  Can you afford to be crashing while you are working on your business?  While you are putting that proposal together do you want to be spiking and crashing your blood sugar levels?

You always get out what you put in so pay more attention to what you are putting into your body and make what you eat and drink about peak performance rather than satisfying cravings or greed.  That way you over the next 30 days, you will find that you have more energy and are able to get more done.  Do something today that your future self will thank you for.

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