How What You Eat Affects Your Business

I think it’s pretty obvious that if you are in an office environment and you eat a helthy diet full of fiber, all that gas may not be the best thing for you.  That my friends is not what we’re talking about, well not entirely.
My question to you is what foods are you eating that are a vice and  are bad for your health in the long run?
For me, it’s sweets.  There isn’t much I wouldn’t do for a delicious sweet. Doesn’t matter if it’s a baked good or my daughters chocolate bunny from Easter.  Side note, the bunny is from  three months ago and she still has not taken a bite, so cool your jets.
Sweets don’t seem like the worst thing, but when you can shovel in hundreds of grams of sugar in an instant… some may say you have an issue.  It’s only in the aftermath that I realize how bad of a decision  it was to add a pound of caramel sauce to my ice cream and have a couple handfuls of chocolates on the side.
When I eat all those sweets, I end up feeling sick and lethargic.  The next day I feel like I have to do twice as much activity or give up sweets for a year to balance off what I just consumed.
When we overconsume whatever our vice is, it affects our general health and I believe we catch more colds and have lest restful sleep.
One phrase that I try and live by that helps me more times than not is “just because I can, doesn’t mean I should.” Just because I can consume enough sweets to make Willy Wanka blush, doesn’t mean I should.  When I live and eat in moderation, I feel better. When I am feeling at my best, I am at my most creative.  When I am rested and feeling fit, I have a better disposition and things seem to go more smoothly.
What we eat affects our health, and our health affects our business in more ways than we could realize.  What more could you have done if you were well rested and had the full capacity of your mind to crush that project?  How many more sales could you have closed if you were at the office instead of taking a sick day because of the sniffles.  If instead of feeling like a “fatty fatty two by four who can’t fit through the kitchen door,” you felt fit and healthy and like you could conquer the world, what more could you have done?
Remember, what you eat and put in your body affects everything.  What vice of yours, that is taking away from your general health and your ability to be the best you at work, do you need to be more mindful of?
Dad Life: Kids

Be Careful: Two Potentially Dangerous Words

“I meant what I said and said what I meant. An elephant’s faithful one-hundred percent!” – Dr. Seuss
I know, some of you may be shaking your head and thinking ,Lindsay surely has her hands full with a three-year-old, a newborn, and if Paul believes that those two words, be careful, are dangerous.  She really does, but that is true regardless of my thoughts on these words.
I love my kids dearly, even more than I love sweets or free food.  I want the absolute best for them, but I honestly don’t think having those two words as a mantra for their lives would be beneficial at all.  I think there is a definite need for them to be careful and not run with scissors in their hand, hold fireworks in their mouth, (which is something I may or may not have done in high school) play in shark infested water, or spend all of their money on get-rich-quick schemes.  In these examples and millions of more less drastic ones, it is wise for my kids, especially Sam and his bumbling feet, to be cautious, but I don’t want them to lead a life of worry and fear.

I have been thinking a lot about these two words and creating a balance between being careful and being adventurous.  I don’t want Sam to hold my hand through everything. Of course I don’t want him getting hurt, but I also care that my son isn’t hindered in his future endeavors because he wants to be careful and he eventually misses out on some great opportunities.
I have no grand advice or a set rules on how to create this balance, but what I do know is that I want to be mindful and not just throw out those two words.  I want my son to run and have fun, to get scrapes, bumps, and bruises, and to learn all that he can from life, but I don’t want those lessons learned from a protective bubble.  Instead, I want those lessons learned from an adventurous curiosity that may at times make his mom and I sweat just a little.
I may be crazy, in fact I sure I am, but I think we can all learn a little from this parenting lesson of balancing being careful with being adventurous.  Where is the balance, I haven’t a clue, but what I do know is that I will be by my sons side ready to help whenever the need arises.