Success is a result of hard work, not a guaranteed outcome.
Taking care of your mind and body is an essential part of the toolkit for success.
I’ve worked hard for a long time to get to the point where I am today, but that doesn’t mean I’m ready to hang it up yet. I’ve still got goals to achieve and in order to meet those goals, I follow advice from the successful people around me.
Doing what I do, there are a lot of successful people around. That means I have a ton of access to great role models from all walks of life, each with different perspectives on life and success. I love asking questions and hearing the different answers each person gives because it helps me to navigate the way I conduct myself and my businesses. I tend to ask the same general questions to most people, you know, the obvious ones that most people would ask, but things always end up being about food.
It’s pretty inevitable considering my line of work, considering I run both a meal prepping service as well as a high end event catering service, but I’m genuinely interested in hearing about how the successful people around me interact with food.
“How do you eat?”
Seems like a pretty straightforward, if not a bit ambiguous, question to ask, but interestingly enough, I usually get the same answer. Over the years of talking to people, I’ve realized that how we interact with food can play a huge role in how we navigate our lives and businesses, which contributes to our overall success.
I’ve learned that most successful people have similar ways of categorizing and understanding their relationship with food that can be summed up in three major ways: consistency, quality, and quantity. These three categories of building a relationship with food can make or break anybody’s work ethic and life practices in a major way, so let’s talk about it.
1. Eat Consistently.
When you’re trying to live a successful life, you put in a lot of effort so that every area of your life promotes growth and positive change to help you in your journey. And if you’ve ever read any of my blogs, you know how much I preach about consistency in leading a successful household and business, so of course, when it comes to eating, consistency is a pretty big deal.
When it comes to eating, consistency can look a little different from what you’re probably expecting, but this is what most successful people I know do. They typically eat every meal around the same time every day, but they also eat the same breakfast and lunch almost every day. Day after day with the same food can sound boring and maybe even a little daunting, but it can actually be really beneficial for people working toward a specific goal. By sticking to the same meals, you create a sense of reliability and stability in your routine. It also reserves energy for your brain to focus all your decision-making efforts on more important matters rather than you spending 30 minutes browsing a delivery menu trying to decide on what to eat. It can also save you time from having to plan out new meals and recipes or from having to cook often.
But, for a lot of people, that doesn’t sound very enjoyable. If you can handle semi-permanent breakfast and lunch meals (or at least a rotation of a few favorite meals on a regular basis), you can always have freedom to explore your dinner options! Of course, everyone’s routine is going to be different, so you can take this idea and fit it into your life to meet your needs pretty easily.
Eat Real Food.
This may seem obvious at first, but I promise it’ll make a lot more sense once I explain. This is something that is really important to me in my own diet. So important, actually, that I incorporate it into the food businesses I run every day. When I say ‘real food’ I mean real food.
So much of the food we see at the store and stock our shelves with is so packed full of preservatives and other junk that there’s hardly any real nutritional value to it. I think that everyone should be eating at least, at least, one ‘real food’ with every meal. That means food that only has about one ingredient. Fruit, vegetables, fresh food that can actually nourish and replenish your body with the nutrients it needs to help you succeed.
When I talk to these successful people, I’ve noticed that they pack a lot of real food into their diet. You need a strong body and brain to get to where you’re going, which means you’re going to have to take care of yourself along the way.
Not Too Much, Not Too Little, Eat Just Enough.
The final thing I think people need to know about how food can impact your level of success is by how much food you eat. When I talk to the people around me that have gotten to a great point in their life, whether it’s in their marriage or in their business, they pretty much all have the same answer when it comes to how much food they eat. At every meal, they all eat until just before they are full. Eating until you’re satisfied and not letting yourself get to the point where you feel like you’ve eaten too much can be a really important behavior in your life. Aside from food, this principle can be applied to the way you view your life as a whole. It’s hard for a lot of people to really understand their limits and not push things too far, but learning that skill can prevent you from overeating and overwhelming yourself. On the other hand, the people I talk to also know their bodies well enough to know when to eat and they don’t let themselves get to the point where they feel starving. You don’t want to ignore your body’s signals until you find yourself ready to eat the south end of a northbound mule because it often leads to overeating, which can be really detrimental to your health over time. Instead, having a consistent meal schedule and knowing your limits can really help to maintain a healthy relationship with food and a healthy diet.
Keeping yourself healthy and well taken care of is a crucial part of living a successful life, and how you interact with food is key to maintaining your health. Hopefully, you learned something from these tips and if you want to share any of your own experiences or any tips for how to manage food that have helped you be successful, feel free to reach out to me and let me know.
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